Accreditation Standards

Accreditation Standards for Christian Science Nursing

Encouraging Excellence

The Commission has developed and published copyrighted standards for Christian Science Nursing facilities, Visiting Christian Science Nursing Services, and Christian Science Nursing Training Schools and Education programs.

Christian Science Nursing Organization and Visiting Christian Science Nursing Service standards address: policies and procedures, management practices, systems for the provision of proper Christian Science nursing care, OSHA requirements, and government, federal, and state regulations. Standards addressing policies and procedures and best practices are available for education and training programs.

Inspections

Rigorous Review

On site inspections include review of patients’ records, management practices, policies and procedures, and interviews with patients, staff, and managers. Preliminary findings are immediately presented in a verbal report to the governing board and managers. A thorough written report identifies improved practices, areas of excellence, as well as identifying deficiencies, and a schedule for required and recommended corrective actions. Regular inspections take place every 3 years. More frequent inspections may take place as necessary, or if requested.

Self-Assessment

Supporting self-awareness and recognition of high standards

The Commission is a resource and provides information, on-site education, and assistance to uphold high standards. The ultimate goal is for each organization to be proactive in recognizing and initiating excellence in all areas—and when necessary, to identify and address areas needing refinement or correction.

To assist the organization’s self-awareness and to maintain high standards, a yearly self-assessment report is required, conducted by managers of each department and members of the governing body.

Responding to complaints

The patient’s safety and well-being is everyone’s first priority

From time to time concerns are received which have not been resolved through the facility’s own grievance procedures. If a concern is brought to The Commission, a careful review and follow through may include an on-site visit and confidential interviews.

If an individual has a complaint, The Commission should be contacted. (See “Contact information”).