WESLEY NURSE PROGRAM
About Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. (MHM) is a private, faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing medical, dental and health-related human services to low-income families and the uninsured in South Texas. These services include primary care medical and dental clinics, support services like counseling, case management and social services, family wellness and parenting programs and church-based community nursing programs. Learn more about MHM at www.mhm.org.
The mission of Methodist Healthcare Ministries is “Serving Humanity to Honor God” by improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of those least served in the Rio Texas conference area of The United Methodist Church.
About the Wesley Nurse Program
The Wesley Nurse program spans 80 sites throughout South Texas and is Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ largest geographic outreach program. The professional practice of a Wesley Nurse is not limited to the physical dimension of medical needs; rather, it includes a mind, body, and spirit holistic approach. A key component Wesley Nurses undertake in their communities is providing health education, health promotion and facilitation of resources. They assist individuals and communities in achieving improved health and wellness through self-empowerment and access to healthcare resource information. While the Wesley Nurse program is a component of Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ ecumenical outreach, and located within churches, it does not teach a particular set of denominational beliefs. All Wesley Nurse programs are free and all members of the community are welcome. Programs are offered to groups or on an individual basis.
Meet Amy Roedl Clapp
Amy Roedl Clapp, RN, Wesley Nurse
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.
Office location: First United Methodist of Bastrop
1201 Main Street Bastrop TX 78602
Phone: (512) 412-6277
Hours of service: M-F 8am-5pm
Call to schedule an appointment. Nurse may be out in the community or attending trainings.
Special programs and services: Blood pressure and glucose screenings, individual wellness coaching, classes: Spiritual Wellness, Heart Health, Basic Budgeting, Reading Nutrition Labels/ Preventative Nutrition, Medication Safety, Oral Hygiene, Stress Management and Diabetes Management.
Getting to know Amy
Interests: Community Development Strategy and Multicultural Wellness Approaches
- Graduated in 2009 from Hopkinsville Community College with AD in Science, VP of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
- Holder of degrees in Nursing and Arts from San Antonio College
- Cohort Speaker and Graduate of Versant Residency in 2012
- One year of Emergency nursing including trauma, pediatric & adult, and ambulatory care settings
- Two years in home health, both adult & pediatric, with supervisory privileges in the latter and as a case manager in the former
- Candidate for the initial FCN course in August with plan to pursue an MSN from Concordia next year in Nursing Education.
“My passion and joy as a nurse is found in seeing people caring for themselves effectively. This means a calling to walk with the broken in order to restore their ability to function. Often, I can relate to their stories- the child abandoned, the homeless teen, the abused spouse in crisis, the military family member, the single mother, the parent of a child that is quickly labeled and dismissed, the person who watches helplessly as addiction tears a loved one from their grasp, the caretaker of aging parents, the one who challenges and questions who they are as well as who God is, and the one who has braced themselves against Him in defiance. Through this lens, I’ve been shown how living, moving, personal and mighty God is, that anyone, however low, can become a jar of clay and to witness that “the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not” uses every day circumstances and heartbreaks natural to this world to refine us, as gold, for the kingdom. Thus as it is said, He does not call the qualified, but qualifies the called.
Some of the greatest stories of the Bible were humble in beginnings, built entirely on His promises and miracles by His hand. He says “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”. When a person privately voices their doubts to me, doubts that are so familiar to all of us, I see opportunity to share that He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. It is there that a wound to the soul exists within the context of a person’s other issues, festering under the conditions of poverty, isolation, disenfranchisement, ignorance, failure, guilt, shame and fear.
This community is facing an epidemic of many problems, including mental health issues that cannot be disrupted through one approach alone. Circumstances must be addressed that underlie such a loss of balance and self-care, darkening our understanding of how we were intended to live. As a Wesley Nurse, I have the responsibility to help people along on their journey to wellness by looking at these circumstances and guiding them to ways through which they can move the barriers between them and soundness. My toolkit includes community partnerships, presence, knowledge of nutrition and anatomy, experience navigating the healthcare system, a Wesley Nurse fund, prayer, and most importantly, the body of Christ infused with the Spirit of God.” In His Service, Amy.