I sit down to write this piece with a flurry of emotions. I am both excited and sad about the path ahead.
After much thought and prayer, I have made the decision to pursue further education in order to become a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. This means that my time serving First Presbyterian as the Parish Nurse must come to an end. My last day will be March 14th.
It is hard to put into words what I would like to convey to all of you. I will be forever grateful for the generosity, support and encouragement that I have received from staff and members of this wonderful church. I know in my heart that my experiences here have strengthened my resolve and built my confidence in ways that make this exciting, yet intimidating, next step possible. For this and much more, I will be forever grateful.
First Presbyterian is a very special place. I feel honored to have worked with you. I want you to know this: Your presence in my life has made this discernment process possible. Thank you for that.
~ Kristin Foster, RN
A message from the Reverend Katherine Kerr:
For close to two years, First Presbyterian Church has been richly blessed by the ministry of Kristin Foster. When Kristin started with us, it had been many years since we last had a Parish Nurse, and so in many ways, she recreated the position. With her characteristic joy and compassion, Kristin has cared for church members and friends, brought structure to our Health Ministry, and encouraged us all to think more wholistically about the intersection of our faith lives and our health.
Saying goodbye to her will be difficult, but knowing that she is going to pursue her deep passion for mental health care through continued education is a cause for celebration.
As a way to express our gratitude to Kristin for all that she means to this community of faith, we will be collecting cards and notes for her through her departure date of March 16. If you’d like to send her a note, you may drop it at the church or mail it to her attention at the church address.
We are working with Novant Health, our partners in the Parish Nurse program, to begin the process of receiving applications for this position. Please keep this process in your prayers, and if you know of anyone who might be a good fit for this position, please let me know.