Meet the New Parish Nurse

April 24, 2017

Beginning May 2, First Presbyterian will once again have a Parish Nurse on staff. Kristin Foster will focus on church-wide education related to health issues and one-on-one counsel for those who have questions related to diagnoses and other healthcare issues in their lives.

“We believe the church should be here for the whole person,” said the Reverend Katherine Kerr. “This is not about offering acute care, but as a complement to pastoral care. The congregation increasingly has needs related to health care. Clergy receives questions about assisted living, about a new diagnosis, about medications, even about Medicare or Medicaid. We’re not health care professionals, so Kristin’s expertise enriches the care we are able to offer.”

Kristin, her husband Joe and their four children moved to Charlotte from Stockholm, Sweden, in 2009. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She received her BSN at the Catholic University of America. She has worked in oncology, hospice care and mother-baby nursing. Most recently, Kristin has worked as a substitute in the health room at Charlotte Country Day.

“I have a passion for the intersection of health and education ministry,” Kristin said. “It’s a need that’s not being served anywhere else. I don’t think you can get that exact intersection outside the faith community.”

The Parish Nurse role will be part-time. Kristin will have office hours several days a week, including one Sunday a month. Beginning May 2, you can contact her at 704.927.0262 or at kfoster@firstpres-charlotte.org.