Integrity, excellence, and reliability are three qualities The Commission supports in Christian Science nursing facilities, their affiliated Christian Science nurses training programs, and visiting Christian Science nursing services. Our aim is to forward the demonstration of these qualities in all policies, practices, and procedures by developing, promoting, and maintaining standards for these organizations.
High standards published and upheld by The Commission support accredited organizations and the important work of the Christian Science nurse, as outlined by Mary Baker Eddy in the Church Manual By-law, Article VIII, Section 31, “Christian Science Nurse.”
Onsite visits for the purpose of accreditation provide close-up views of Christian Science nursing facilities, their affiliated Christian Science nurses training programs, and visiting Christian Science nursing services. Each organization first completes a self-assessment based on Commission standards. The self-assessment then becomes the basis for the review team’s evaluation.
During onsite visits, the review team
- inspects the organization’s physical plant
- reviews documents, policies, and procedures
- interviews board members, management, staff, patients, and patients’ families
- confirms compliance with federal, state, provincial, county and local laws and regulations
Depending on the size of the organization and number of programs under review, such visits take from one to three days.
Currently accredited Christian Science nursing facilities, their affiliated Christian Science education programs, and visiting Christian Science nursing services are listed on the Accredited Organizations page. A list of currently accredited organizations is also published monthly in The Christian Science Journal. The online Christian Science Journal Directory may be accessed at JSH-Online.
Responding to complaints
Patient safety and well-being: everyone’s first priority
From time to time concerns are brought to The Commission that have not been resolved through an accredited organization’s own grievance procedures. If these concerns relate to Commission standards, The Commission board undertakes a careful review of the issues. Follow-through may include an onsite visit and confidential interviews. A fuller explanation of our complaint-handling procedures can be found in The Commission Policy Statement on Complaints.
To contact the board regarding such complaints, email the Administrative Assistant to the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 872-222-7334 (872-ACCREDIT).
Meet the Commission
The Commission Board of Directors comprises individuals with a comprehensive understanding of the activities of Christian Science nursing organizations, They are elected by the member organizations. The board coordinates the onsite accreditation visits, oversees Commission’s accreditation policies and procedures, handles complaints, and makes final accreditation decisions.
Current Board of Directors:
- Patrice Edwards, Kent, WA
- John Mitchell, San Francisco, CA
- Patricia Nuernberg, Vice President, Rocky River, OH
- Helvi Paasinen, Clerk, Hilliard, OH
- Cassia Schuck, Alexandria, VA
- Audrey Sentinella, President, Rolle, Switzerland
- George Strong, Treasurer, Castro Valley, CA
Administrative Assistant to the Board:
- Leslie Hobbs, Raleigh, NC
PO Box 97813
Raleigh, NC 27624
Telephone: 872-222-7334 (872-ACCREDIT)