Christian Science Nurse Scope of Practice

Christian Science nursing care includes:

  • Accepting a case with the expectancy of complete and immediate healing;
  • Spiritual reassurance: acknowledging God’s all-presence and absolute power; faithfully and consistently affirming the patient’s spirituality
  • Encouragement: gently offering Christian assistance to support the individual’s expression of vitality and normal activity
  • Reading aloud: reading 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: contacting the Christian Science practitioner on the case or family members if patient is unable to do so; maintaining an ethical, moral, and loving manner in all communications with the patient, family, friends, practitioner, and others
  • Personal care: assistance with bathing, using the commode, oral care
    Mobility assistance: lifting, turning; positioning in a chair or bed; help with the use of wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, canes or other aids
  • Nourishment: preparation and/or modification of food; assistance with feeding; also gentle encouragement to eat when appropriate
  • Dressing/bandaging: proper cleansing and bandaging of wounds to provide for comfort and protection
  • Instruction: instructing the patient and/or other care givers in providing proper care for meeting individual needs
  • Being obedient to the laws of the land

Christian Science nursing care does not include:

  • Intruding on the private relationship between the patient and the Christian Science practitioner, or between the patient and his or her family
  • Giving personal advice and counsel; assuming responsibility for making health care decisions for the patient;
  • Diagnosing; recording and maintaining a record of symptoms or conditions
  • Summoning medical care except at the request of the patient;
  • Administering medication, drugs or using medicated herbal, vitamin-based products and remedies
  • Using and administering medically-oriented techniques, equipment and technology
  • Manipulation, massages, physical therapy