New Zealand's Visiting Christian Science Nursing Service
Finding a Christian Science nurse to provide care for someone in New Zealand
There are two ways to engage a Christian Science nurse in New Zealand:
1. Through the New Zealand Care Society Inc.
The New Zealand Care Society Incorporated ("the Society") is a charitable trust that supports the delivery of Christian Science nursing in New Zealand with a visiting Christian Science nursing service.
In-home short-term care is available to Christian Scientists who have made the decision to rely entirely on God for healing.
To arrange for short-term care through the Society, please contact the Society's Administrator as follows:
Tel: 06 304 7968
Mobile: 022 123 4881
Postal: P O Box 151, Greytown 5412
This is a confidential service.
Please note that the provision of care is subject to the availability of the Christian Science nurses and Christian Science nursing helpers with whom the Society has agreements.
The Society works with selected Christian Science nurses who
The agreement for care is between the client and the Christian Science nurse and/or Christian Science nursing helper.
Professional fees and travel expenses associated with Christian Science nursing care that is arranged by the Society are paid by the Society. The Society provides this financial support to ensure all Christian Scientists can access this care outlined in the Manual of The Mother Church (Sect.31 49:7) regardless of their financial means.
2. Directly engage a Christian Science nurse of your choice.
You may choose to directly engage a Christian Science nurse who has no agreement with the Society. This would be at your own expense.
One avenue could be to choose from those Christian Science nurses who have been authorised to advertise in the Christian Science Journal. For more information on what this entails, please visit Advertise as a Christian Science Nurse.
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.
When care is arranged through the Society, the costs associated with bringing the Christian Science nurse to your doorstep, and the professional fees are paid for by the Society. Items that are purchased, or hired, to assist with your particular needs will be at your expense.
Where the Christian Science nursing care is provided by someone who does not have an agreement with the Society, the client is responsible for all costs associated with that care.
The New Zealand Care Society Incorporated is a charitable trust established to support the delivery of Christian Science nursing in New Zealand, and is registered with Charities Services (#CC39519).
Making a donation
The Society greatly appreciates all donations that support its healing ministry.
Please contact the Society's Administrator to find out more about how to contribute.
Tax receipts are issued on request.