Christian Science nursing is both a profession and ministry. Christian Science nurses have a deep love for humanity and God that motivates their work. They bring comfort and encouragement to those seeking healing, and they exercise spiritual discernment and judgment in their care for the sick.
The Christian Science Nursing Activities office at The Mother Church supports those who are interested in becoming a Christian Science nurse. If you are considering this ministry and want to learn more about it, you might begin by looking at the information below. You should also feel free to contact our office at email@example.com or call 617-450-2685.
Where do I start?
The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures are foundational for the Christian Science nurse. Becoming well acquainted with the Bible, including the teachings of Christ Jesus, as well as Mary Baker Eddy's writings, gives you the best guidance for your own prayers and study in establishing a Christian Science nursing practice. We encourage your particular consideration of the following:
Christian Science Nurse (Manual, Art. Vlll, Sect. 31)
The New Commandment (John 13:34)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
Aids in sickness (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pg. 395)
Where can I study to become a Christian Science nurse?
Here is a current listing of accredited Christian Science Nurses Training Programs.
Financial aid is available where there is a need. You can get more information about this directly from each training program.
If I’m already a Christian Science nurse, how might I advertise in The Christian Science Journal Directory?
Here are the requirements for advertising:
Membership in The Mother Church
Primary class instruction with an authorized teacher of Christian Science
A demonstrated practice of Christian Science in one's own life, based on deep study of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
A demonstrated practice in a wide range of Christian Science nursing skills and a high standard of ethics (in most cases, completion of Levels I-IV training in a recognized Christian Science nurses training program)
Substantial practical experience in caring for a variety of patients (in most cases, completion of the required mentoring following Levels I-IV of this training)
Demonstrated readiness and availability to respond to calls for Christian Science nursing care, including:
an understanding of the prayerful, ethical and practical aspects for accepting cases
experience in making decisions and providing care in a home environment
a confidential means by which a patient can request your assistance
professional charges and billing system
Three references from experienced Christian Science nurses, including your current mentor, who can attest to your Christian Science nursing work
If you have questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply online to advertise as a Christian Science nurse
Becoming a Journal-listed Christian Science nurse adds your name to the ranks of those whose devotion to God and commitment to healing overflows in inspired, practical acts of caring. Speaking to each one of us, Mary Baker Eddy writes: "I make strong demands on love, call for active witnesses to prove it, and noble sacrifices and grand achievements as its results. ... Love cannot be a mere abstraction, or goodness without activity and power." (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 250).
You will find the application form below. Please be sure each of your references is aware of your application and feels prepared to verify your qualifications. You’re welcome to be in touch with us at any time (see email address below).
Scope of Services
Below are links to download a PDF of the Christian Science Nurse Scope of Services. This Scope of Services is intended to clarify for patients and other interested persons what they may expect when engaging the services of a Christian Science nurse. It touches briefly on the main aspects of, and ethical considerations related to, those services.
Christian Science nurses and organizations that provide and facilitate Christian Science nursing may include this document on their websites embedded as a pdf, or they may provide a link to this webpage. We ask that the document not be excerpted, nor cut and pasted, nor used except in its full original form (which includes the letterhead.) (Note: there are exceptions for use by Christian Science nursing facilities. Please contact us.)
For more information please write the office of Christian Science Nursing Activities at email@example.com or call 617-450-2685.