Challenges in Assessing the Impact of Nursing Service: A Community Perspective


Address correspondence to Jean Goeppinger, University of Virginia School of Nursing, McLeod Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22903. As of Jan. 1, 1989: University of Michigan School of Nursing, 400 N. Ingalls St., Ann Arbor, Ml 48109.


Abstract Assessing the impact of community nursing services is critically important. It is, however, problematic. Difficulties, some germane to the general assessment of the impact of nursing service and others specific to community-oriented nursing practice, include confusion about the domain of community health nursing, inadequate definition of key concepts, inappropriate competition among research methodologies, unpredictable collegial and financial support, and inattention to the dissemination of research findings in practice environments.