Who We Are
**Katy Holets RN, Certified Nurse Practitioner, Christ Follower
Hello! I have been a Registered Nurse for 30 years and recently became a Certified Nurse Practitioner. God made me a nurse through and through and providing health care through my profession has always filled me with joy. I want to be a safe place for you to ask questions about physical and mental health. I want to be a resource in helping you to find what you need in your community. I seek to know you and to pray for you. My goal as your Parish Nurse is to be the hands and feet of Jesus to support your health needs..
What is a Parish Nurse?
The role of the Parish Nurse is to promote health for the whole person. Parish nurses act as health educators, personal health counselors, health advocates, referral agents, coordinators of health events, and integrators of faith and wellness. A Parish Nurse practices nursing on an independent level under the standards of faith community nursing and licensure outlined by the state in which they practice. Understanding that our health can significantly affect out spirit, mind and interpersonal relationships, a Parish Nurse seeks to encourage and support through integrating faith and healing.
**Kristen Williamson, Registered Dietician
What is the number one way to prevent getting sick and spreading sickness?
The number one way to prevent getting sick and spreading sickness to others is to wash your hands.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
We live in a fast paced world. There is often too much to do in a day with a lot of noise around us. We are looking at our cell phones, googling, texting, thinking about the next thing. During the Easter season we were all engaged in a daily quieting of our mind followed by reading scripture aloud and thinking through the meaning and application of that scripture. I don't know about you, but for me the quieting of my mind was super hard! It took several minutes for my mind to stop thinking about other things and tasks that needed to be done. Constant thinking about the next thing really robs us of our now. We are living for the next thing instead of enjoying the now of our lives. We all have obligations and plans for tomorrow and that's okay. However learning to be mindful of what is current and around us right now is really where life is at and brings with it a healthy state of mind. It is in these moments that we can most clearly hear God speak to us. We don't want to miss out on that because we were too busy running through our to do list!
So put your phone in your pocket or your purse, notice the smell of the morning as you walk from your car into your workplace, smile at God's goodness as you walk form here to there, wonder at the things around you as you make your way across the parking lot to the grocery store, smile and say good morning as you pass someone by. You will be surprised by how this will change your sense of wellbeing.
Fun Fact: We exercise at least 36 muscles when we smile.