Faith Community Nurse

Mission Statement: The Faith Community Nurse and her healthcare ministry team will help raise the consciousness of Unity of Fort Myers in wellness, wholeness, and disease prevention.

Karen Reed, RN

Karen Reed, RN

A Letter from Faith Community Nurse Karen Reed

Dear Friends,

It is an exciting time for me, making this shift to becoming your Faith Community Nurse.

I plan on having a monthly newsletter and article to keep you up to date with what is going on.

I completed my FCN class in May. It was a wonderful experience, 14 other nurses also took the class with me. They were from many diverse backgrounds. We shared and learned may things in the 64 hours we spent together.

The following are what I am currently working on:

In the fall when our snowbirds get back, I want to have a Health and Wellness survey, to see what the needs of the congregation are and what types of programs you would be interested in.

Our Health Care Ministry team will have its first meeting in August. I know many of you have expressed an interest. I will let you know the date and will have a signup sheet available in the bookstore in a couple of weeks. We will not meet on team night since many of us are on other teams. We will be collaborating with Linda Gillespie’s ministry.

There will be two lunch and learn classes coming up:

  • Advance Directives, what you need to know about decision-making in end of life care. I will have a member of the Q Life team from LMHS there to help answer any questions and fill out the forms. This class will be after our 10 a.m. service on September 7. Salad and drinks provided. Look for the sign-up sheet in the bookstore in the coming weeks.
  • The other lunch and learn class will be on fall prevention. This class sponsored by a member of the trauma team at LMH. Did you know that fall-related injuries are the number one cause of death in the state of Florida? The class will be held following the 10 a.m. service on August 3rd.


In early November we will hold a Health and Wellness fair. I will try to make it on a Saturday so more folks can come. Look for more information to follow.

We have started a compassionate blanket group.  This program makes blankets to give to critically ill patients in the local hospitals, ICU. There is a signup sheet in the bookstore if you would like to be a part of this group.  Jill Allen has offered to head it up.

Ways to contact me: Call me at 239-839-3573. I have business cards available. Leave a message; I will call you back. If this is an emergency, please call 911. Kathleen Kerswig, our Church administrator, can also be contacted to arrange an appointment.

My hours this summer will be immediately following our service in Jim’s office. I will gladly meet at other times to try to meet your needs. I will come to the hospital, nursing home and accompany you if needed to doctor visits. I will also do home visits when needed. I am available for listening, medical advice, prayer, as a health educator, a personal health coordinator, medication teaching, and referral agent.

Remember I fall under our minister, not a physician; I cannot do skilled nursing.

Health Tip of the Month: Early Heart Attack Warning signs

  • Dizziness
  • Chest Pain, pressure, tightness
  • Sweating
  • Jaw, shoulder, teethe pain or ache
  • Nausea, indigestion
  • Shortness of breath.
  • New or unexplained fatigue


When in doubt, get it checked out! Call 911; do not drive yourself or have a loved one drive you.

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