Region 6 Includes:
Southeast Michigan Synod, North/West Lower Michigan Synod, Indiana-Kentucky Synod, Northwestern Ohio Synod, Northeastern Ohio Synod. and Southern Ohio Synod
Welcome to ELPNA-the Evangelical Lutheran
My continued goals are to promote membership and education of our organization by identifying, providing guidance and encouragement to other parish nurses and/or interested nurses, churches in our region and synod; and to impact our organization in participation through meetings, committee work.
My initial nursing education was at a wonderful diploma program – a 1972 graduate of Idabelle Firestone School of Nursing in Akron, OH. Upon graduation, I then served 2 years in the Navy at Philadelphia Naval Hospital.
Upon returning to Ohio in 1974 I resumed a civilian life, nursing in a community hospital working in Med-Surg, Pediatrics, OB, infection control and employee health – oh the versatility of nursing! Along the way I completed my BSN – thanks to the GI bill. And then in 1995 I completed an MSN in Child and Adolescent Primary Care and became a PNP. Both degrees were earned at the University of Akron.
Our family moved to Cincinnati in 1998, to enable me to work as a PNP to serve the underserved in school – based public health programs, eventually living the dream of providing primary care in a full-fledged School Based Health Clinic. I retired from fulltime employment in 2018.
I re-affiliated with the Navy Reserve in 1989 and retired with 24 years of service in 2011. I did see the world – joining military medical teams in Thailand, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Gabon-Africa, and in 2010 on the USNS Comfort providing care to earthquake victims. A life lesson of traveling the world; we are so much more alike than we are different!
Becoming a Parish Nurse is a realized desire of my heart since the 1980s when I met Granger Westberg. And now finding our way through the Pandemic, I feel God has put me in the right place at the right time. Another life lesson: networking – it is so important to find kindred spirits, working with ELPNA!
I am blessed with a loving and extremely supportive spouse of 50 years, 3 adult children and 3 teenage grandsons.
We would like to identify all Lutheran parish nurses working in congregations of Region 6. Please send an e-mail with your information to Norah Bertschy or Mary Ann Mette. The contact information is in the Board Directory found in the Members Only section of this web site. That way we can keep an updated list of Lutheran parish nurses in this region.
Funds are available to provide displays for synod meetings if you are interested in presenting the concept of parish nursing to groups within your synod. Please let us know how we can help.