Christian Science Nursing in New Zealand
Finding a Christian Science nurse to provide care for someone in New Zealand
The New Zealand Care Society Inc. has agreements with Christian Science nurses in Australia who are listed in the Christian Science Journal, or who are applying for Journal-listing and have been recommended by Journal-listed Christian Science nurses, and are being supervised or mentored by a Journal-listed Christian Science nurse.
At present, the cost of the bringing an Australia-based Christian Science nurse to your doorstep, and their professional fees, is covered by the Society.
To arrange for care through the Society, please contact the Society's Administrator:
Tel: 06 304 7968
Mobile: 022 123 4881
Postal: P O Box 151, Greytown 5412
This is a confidential service.
You may choose to directly engage any Christian Science nurse who is listed in the Christian Science Journal. This would be at your own expense.
Donations to the Society (registered charity CC49619) are always most gratefully received. Tax deduction receipts will be issued on request. Please contact the Secretary to find out more on how to contribute.
What is a Christian Science nurse?
The Christian Science nurse is someone 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" (p.49 of the Church Manual by Mary Baker Eddy). Firmly grounded in Christian Science themselves, the Christian Science nurse fosters a healing atmosphere and provides the practical care that may be temporarily needed to help you function as normally as possible while the healing unfolds. The care provided can include (but is not confined to) such things as helping with bathing, dressing, preparing special modified foods, covering wounds, assisting with mobility needs, shopping. For more information on this, please visit Christian Science Nurse Scope of Services. You might like to listen to Linda Kohler, Christian Science nurse, talk about Christian Science nursing - video .
What a Christian Science nurse is not
Christian Science nurses are not registered health practitioners under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, and do not provide medical nursing services as regulated under that Act. Christian Science nurses do not diagnose, administer drugs, or provide any sort of physical therapy or other medical or medically-related treatment.
Working with a Christian Science nurse
The Christian Science nurse is available to help anyone, anywhere, who is relying solely on Christian Science for healing. No distance is too great, nor too small.
It is expected that the client is working with a Christian Science practitioner for healing at the same time as the Christian Science nurse is providing practical, day-to-day support.
The Christian Science nurse and client relationship is a private and confidential one.
What does it cost?
Christian Science nurses are professionals who charge for their time, their travel and any accommodation costs associated with a client's care.
Services are free to the client: the New Zealand Care Society Inc. has agreements with several Christian Science nurses in Australia for the provision of care to the New Zealand field. The costs associated with bringing one of these Christian Science nurses to New Zealand to meet a need are (at present) being met by the Society. This does not include items that are purchased, or hired, to assist with your particular needs.
The New Zealand Care Society is a charitable trust established to support the delivery of Christian Science nursing for New Zealand. The Society relies on your donations for it to continue to support this healing ministry in this way.
The client is charged in full: where the Christian Science nursing care is being provided by someone other than those the Society has agreements with, the client is responsible for paying all costs associated with that care.
What is a Journal-listed Christian Science nurse?
This is someone who has been authorised to advertise as a Christian Science nurse in the Christian Science Journal. For more information on what this entails, please visit Advertise as a Christian Science Nurse.