A century of caring for NURSES
Caring for Nurses
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First NCF Group (NCM) Melbourne Hosptal 1913
The vision for a Christian ministry among nurses, dates back to 1911 when in Melbourne, Victoria,
a group of men and women who had been greatly impressed by the work of the Student Christian Movement in universities, began to pray that a similar ministry might be organised for hospital nurses. Some had been hospital patients and had observed first hand the unique needs and opportunities encountered by nurses. At the same time nurses themselves were realizing their need for Bible study and fellowship within their hospital setting, since long hours and weekend work meant they were seldom able to join in normal church worship and activities.
The first move came from nurses at The Melbourne Hospital when in 1913 permission was gained from the hospital Matron to conduct Bible Study Circles for nurses who wished to attend. The membership of these Circles grew until nearly half the nursing staff were enrolled! The movement spread quickly to other metropolitan hospitals in Melbourne.