Parish Nurses Ministry


October 2017

It’s CPR Time

OSLC will host the “HeartSaver/AED” CPR class on Tuesday, October 10, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in Shepherd’s Gate. Laura Padron R.N., Certified CPR/AED instructor by the American Heart Association (AHA) will be teaching the class. Our members completing this class will be certified by the AHA for two years and available to serve their families, our church family, and the community at large with these skills.

To register for the class, please speak with Sharrell Person on Sunday mornings between services or call her (815-397-1931). The fee for the class is a donation of at least two non-perishable food items for the food pantry, i.e. peanut butter, tuna, powdered milk, crackers, etc., collected at the time of the class.

If you completed this class at OSLC in October or November 2015, your certification is due for renewal. Class size is limited to 30 people. If needed, another class can be scheduled for Tues, October 17 (2017).

Sharrell Person R.N., B.S.N.
Parish Nurse


September 2017

Seasonal Flu Shot

Our own Amy Johnson RPh from Walgreens will be present in the Fireside Room from 9 AM until 12 Noon to offer the seasonal flu shot for a $25 fee. Walgreens accepts most insurances; so bring your insurance card. If you have a Medicare card, a Medicare Part B card and a photo ID/Driver’s license, bring them and there is no cost to you. If you have a Walgreens Balance Rewards card, bring it so you can accrue your points.

For those age 65 or better, the high dose flu shot, the pneumonia shot, and the Prevnar 13 pneumonia shot will also be available.

This is the perfect opportunity to obtain your flu shot before you get busy with your “Good Neighbor” activities.

Thank you to our Parish Nurses for coordinating this event.


August 2017

Safe Slumber

SIDS remains the leading cause of death for babies one month to 12 months of age, with most deaths between one and four months and 90% before six months. SIDS claims the lives of about 3,500 babies each year in the U.S. That number can be greatly reduced if parents and grandparents follow the latest guidelines released in October 2016 from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Although the cause of SIDS is unknown, the following safe sleeping actions can greatly reduce the risk of SIDS:

Back to Sleep-placing babies on their backs every time they go to sleep. Use only a firm mattress with a fitted sheet. Move baby to his crib if he falls asleep elsewhere, like a car seat, baby swing or sofa. Room-sharing, the baby sleeps in his parents’ room until he is six months old, but not in the same bed as his parents. No loose bedding including pillows, blankets, bumper pads and stuffed toys out of the crib; Wearable blankets can keep baby cozy and safe. Breastfeeding and pacifiers both lower the risk of SIDS. Don’t use tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs during pregnancy because when you use, so does your baby!

Luke 2:7 says when Mary gave birth to Jesus, she wrapped him in swaddling clothes (strips of linen wound around him) to keep him warm, protect internal organs, and give him a sense of security.

Sharrell Person R.N., B.S.N.
Parish Nurse