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Achieving Clarity in Evaluation of Community/Public Health Nurse Generalist Competencies through Development of a Clinical Performance Evaluation Tool


Address correspondence to Katherine L. Kaiser, PhD, RN, CS, Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing, 985330 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198. E-mail:


Abstract  Community/public health nursing practice is complex and based on interventions targeted at individuals, families, populations, and communities. Evaluating clinical practice involves a comparison of predetermined standards, such as those developed by American Nurses Association (ANA), against competencies associated with the practice of the specialty. In this study, 301 performance evaluation records from a locally developed clinical performance evaluation tool were examined for construct validity and reliability based on the ANA Standards for Community and Public Health Nursing.