Challenges of Extending Department-Community Partnership Successes Across the Institution

  • Jane M. Cardea Holy Family College
  • Filomela Marshall Holy Family College
  • Vincent Catanzaro Holy Family Neighborhood Center
Keywords: Higher Education, Department-Community Partnerships


The marriage of nursing education with community issues and dynamics is, at least, an awkward task and, at best, an untested opportunity. The successes and lessons learned in creating and maintaining an urban nursing center are provided as encouragement to others to dream, to risk valuable resources, and, with time, to realize outcomes which may far surpass expectations. The challenges of translating one department's experience with a community partnership into the context of other academic departments is discussed.