. . . a Christian Science nurse shall be one who has a demonstrable knowledge of Christian Science practice, who thoroughly understands the practical wisdom necessary in a sick room, and who can take proper care of the sick. (from Manual of The Mother Church, Article VIII, Section 31)
Caring for our fellow brothers and sisters is a central doctrine of Christianity and therefore of Christian Science. Jesus reminds us that ‘there is no greater love than laying down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John, chapter 15) Christian Science nurses exemplify this kind of life. Through their ministry they have opportunities every day to set aside self in the service of others.
Christian Science nurses are skilled, nonmedical professionals who work with patients to meet their immediate practical needs, both physical and spiritual. The care provided by Christian Science nurses is at all times in accordance with and supportive of the teachings of Christian Science with its foundation on Christian prayer that heals. When a Christian Science nurse is called to serve on a case, s/he brings to the sickroom the expectation of quick, permanent healing that follows the prayerful treatment by the patient and the Christian Science practitioner.
A Christian Science nurse’s work might include assistance with mobility, dressing, bandaging, bathing; and activities like modifying foods to make them easier to eat. The work may also include discussing with the patient ideas from the daily Bible Lesson or other inspiration conducive to healing. Christian Science nurses do not diagnose, administer medicine or offer physical therapy. Rather, they work with the patient to turn thought to God, while giving proper physical care with practical wisdom.
Christian Science nursing is available to anyone who chooses to rely on Christian Science for healing and is also working with a Christian Science practitioner. This kind of care is available at Christian Science nursing facilities, at some residential homes operated for the benefit of Christian Scientists, and in an individual’s own home. The work of a Christian Science nurse, much like the work of a Christian Science practitioner, is a paid service, and rates can vary between facilities and from one private-duty Christian Science nurse to another. The resources in this section are offered to help you understand the scope of their ministry and services, and how to find a Christian Science nurse.
For helpful information on ways to pay for Christian Science nursing, please see Paying for Care in the financial section.
For help thinking through these ideas, please call Caring for Christian Scientists at 800.930.3797.