“Christian Science nursing is a practical, spiritual ministry that actively supports the patient’s decision to rely on Christian Science for healing. It is grounded in the Bible-based theology of Christian Science, which includes Christ Jesus’ commandment to love one another. (see John 15:12) This ministry is carried out with prayer, wisdom, compassion and skill.”
One of the most significant healing factors in a nursing case is the thought that the Christian Science nurse brings to the scene of need – the thought of expectancy, loving reassurance, Christian encouragement, calmness regardless of outward appearances, and loving kindness. Christian Science practitioners have found that this atmosphere of thought greatly aids the speedy recovery of a patient. And it is every bit as much a part of the practical wisdom and proper care needed for the sick. There are additional nursing skills that may also be brought to assist the temporary needs of a patient. Below is a list of the types of services provided by a Christian Science nurse (from ChristianScience.com).
- Accepting a case with the expectancy of complete and immediate healing;
- Giving care that is consistent with the theology and ethics of Christian Science;
- Loving reassurance of God’s tender care, ever-presence, and omnipotence; faithfully and consistently acknowledging man’s spiritual perfection;
- Christian encouragement of an individual’s expression of normal activity and natural vitality;
- Reading to or with an individual from the Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and other writings by Mary Baker Eddy; also, additional literature published by The Christian Science Publishing Society;
- Communication: maintaining an ethical, moral, and loving manner in all communications with the patient, family, friends, Christian Science practitioner, and others; observing ethical and legal requirements with regard to private information about the patient;
- Surroundings: maintaining an atmosphere that is conducive to spiritual healing and supportive of harmonious care;
- Personal care and bathing: assisting with all necessary care to meet the needs of cleanliness and comfort;
- Mobility: assisting with mobility including assisting with standing, walking, moving and settling with or without mobility aids or comfort items;
- Nourishment: preparing and modifying food; assisting with feeding; giving appropriate encouragement to eat;
- Cleansing/bandaging: cleansing, covering and bandaging, to provide for cleanliness, protection, support, and comfort;
- Instructing the patient or others in providing care for meeting individual needs;
- Being obedient to the laws of the land.
You may find other non-medical nursing and home care services commercially available in your area, but not with the kind of prayerful support and loving environment that can be found with Christian Science nursing care that facilitates healing.