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Bonnie Skodak, B.S.N., R.N.
Bonnie Skodak, B.S.N., R.N., trauma coordinator at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital HEB, has served as a faith community nurse at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Hurst, Texas, since 2005. In an unofficial capacity, she’s been caring for congregants since she joined the church 25 years ago.
“Nursing is my ministry,” said Skodak. “I enjoy taking my skills and serving the church.”
Skodak has coordinated a number of programs at the church, including CPR training, senior safety and “Get My People Going,” an innovative eight-week program that challenged congregants to consider whether they could have spiritually, emotionally and physically survived the years of wandering in the desert described in the Old Testament. She has provided regular blood pressure checks and visits congregants in the hospital and their homes.
“My goal is to help keep the congregation healthy, both physically and spiritually,” said Skodak. “In integrating faith and medicine, I have seen some amazing things.”
You don't have to look far to find Texas Health nurses taking their commitment to improving health out into the community at health fairs, churches, clinics, schools and other non-profit organizations. The following are just a few places you'll see Texas Health nurses in the community.
Faith Community Nursing
The mission of Faith Community Nursing at Texas Health is the intentional integration of the practice of faith with the practice of professional Nursing to improve the health of the communities we serve. At the end of 2012, the program included 112 un-paid registered nurses serving 88 faith communities and touching more than 49,000 families. Texas Health has a systemwide Faith Community Nursing coordinator, as well as coordinators at a number of hospitals.
Vial of Life
Nurses and volunteers at a number of Texas Health hospitals coordinate the Vial of Life program, featuring oversized medicine vials containing medical information that can assist first responders in understanding a person’s medications.
Nurses throughout Texas Health have partnered with schools to help fight obesity, provide hand hygiene education and teach the basics of health and wellness.
Texas Health Resources supports employee volunteerism and community service by giving all employees one paid day a year to serve at approved community events through the organization's Community Time Off program.
Nurses and staff members from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas prepare to Walk for Babies in the annual March of Dimes event.