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Genomics in Nursing Education

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  • Cynthia A. Prows,

    1. Cynthia A. Prows, MSN, Beta Iota, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Genetics Children's Hospital Medical, Cincinnati, OH; Merlyn Glass, RN, RM, Dip PAEDS, National Health Laboratory Services, Johannesburg, South Africa; M.J. (Nick) Nicol, BSc (Hons), PhD, Senior Lecturer, Massey University, School of Health Sciences, New Zealand; Heather Skirton, RGN, MSc, PhD, SCM, Gamma, University of Plymouth, Health and Social Work, Taunton, United Kingdom; Janet Williams, RN, PhD, FAAN, Gamma, Professor, University of Iowa College of Nursing, Iowa City, IA. The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of graduate nursing course and program descriptions by Ann Cashion, Yvette Conley, Sarah Sheets Cook, Mary Engler, Julia Houfek, Judy Lewis, Sharon Olsen, and Catherine Read. Funding for GSI and WBGI development and evaluation was provided by the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research Program of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health and the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. Correspondence to Ms. Prows, Genetics Children's Hospital Medical Center, Building E 5-249, ML 4006, 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229–3039. E-mail: cindy.prows@chmcc.org
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  • Merlyn Glass,

    1. Cynthia A. Prows, MSN, Beta Iota, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Genetics Children's Hospital Medical, Cincinnati, OH; Merlyn Glass, RN, RM, Dip PAEDS, National Health Laboratory Services, Johannesburg, South Africa; M.J. (Nick) Nicol, BSc (Hons), PhD, Senior Lecturer, Massey University, School of Health Sciences, New Zealand; Heather Skirton, RGN, MSc, PhD, SCM, Gamma, University of Plymouth, Health and Social Work, Taunton, United Kingdom; Janet Williams, RN, PhD, FAAN, Gamma, Professor, University of Iowa College of Nursing, Iowa City, IA. The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of graduate nursing course and program descriptions by Ann Cashion, Yvette Conley, Sarah Sheets Cook, Mary Engler, Julia Houfek, Judy Lewis, Sharon Olsen, and Catherine Read. Funding for GSI and WBGI development and evaluation was provided by the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research Program of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health and the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. Correspondence to Ms. Prows, Genetics Children's Hospital Medical Center, Building E 5-249, ML 4006, 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229–3039. E-mail: cindy.prows@chmcc.org
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  • M.J. (Nick) Nicol,

    1. Cynthia A. Prows, MSN, Beta Iota, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Genetics Children's Hospital Medical, Cincinnati, OH; Merlyn Glass, RN, RM, Dip PAEDS, National Health Laboratory Services, Johannesburg, South Africa; M.J. (Nick) Nicol, BSc (Hons), PhD, Senior Lecturer, Massey University, School of Health Sciences, New Zealand; Heather Skirton, RGN, MSc, PhD, SCM, Gamma, University of Plymouth, Health and Social Work, Taunton, United Kingdom; Janet Williams, RN, PhD, FAAN, Gamma, Professor, University of Iowa College of Nursing, Iowa City, IA. The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of graduate nursing course and program descriptions by Ann Cashion, Yvette Conley, Sarah Sheets Cook, Mary Engler, Julia Houfek, Judy Lewis, Sharon Olsen, and Catherine Read. Funding for GSI and WBGI development and evaluation was provided by the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research Program of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health and the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. Correspondence to Ms. Prows, Genetics Children's Hospital Medical Center, Building E 5-249, ML 4006, 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229–3039. E-mail: cindy.prows@chmcc.org
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  • Heather Skirton,

    1. Cynthia A. Prows, MSN, Beta Iota, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Genetics Children's Hospital Medical, Cincinnati, OH; Merlyn Glass, RN, RM, Dip PAEDS, National Health Laboratory Services, Johannesburg, South Africa; M.J. (Nick) Nicol, BSc (Hons), PhD, Senior Lecturer, Massey University, School of Health Sciences, New Zealand; Heather Skirton, RGN, MSc, PhD, SCM, Gamma, University of Plymouth, Health and Social Work, Taunton, United Kingdom; Janet Williams, RN, PhD, FAAN, Gamma, Professor, University of Iowa College of Nursing, Iowa City, IA. The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of graduate nursing course and program descriptions by Ann Cashion, Yvette Conley, Sarah Sheets Cook, Mary Engler, Julia Houfek, Judy Lewis, Sharon Olsen, and Catherine Read. Funding for GSI and WBGI development and evaluation was provided by the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research Program of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health and the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. Correspondence to Ms. Prows, Genetics Children's Hospital Medical Center, Building E 5-249, ML 4006, 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229–3039. E-mail: cindy.prows@chmcc.org
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  • Janet Williams

    1. Cynthia A. Prows, MSN, Beta Iota, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Genetics Children's Hospital Medical, Cincinnati, OH; Merlyn Glass, RN, RM, Dip PAEDS, National Health Laboratory Services, Johannesburg, South Africa; M.J. (Nick) Nicol, BSc (Hons), PhD, Senior Lecturer, Massey University, School of Health Sciences, New Zealand; Heather Skirton, RGN, MSc, PhD, SCM, Gamma, University of Plymouth, Health and Social Work, Taunton, United Kingdom; Janet Williams, RN, PhD, FAAN, Gamma, Professor, University of Iowa College of Nursing, Iowa City, IA. The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of graduate nursing course and program descriptions by Ann Cashion, Yvette Conley, Sarah Sheets Cook, Mary Engler, Julia Houfek, Judy Lewis, Sharon Olsen, and Catherine Read. Funding for GSI and WBGI development and evaluation was provided by the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research Program of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health and the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. Correspondence to Ms. Prows, Genetics Children's Hospital Medical Center, Building E 5-249, ML 4006, 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229–3039. E-mail: cindy.prows@chmcc.org
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Abstract

Purpose:To review international efforts to incorporate genetics content into nursing education curricula.

Organizing Framework:A discussion of the progress in nursing education programs in selected countries to educate students for genomics-based health care. Information is based on review of the literature and curriculum change efforts by the authors.

Conclusions:The lack of agreed-upon minimum competencies impedes efforts to educate nurses for genomics-based health care. Nationally and internationally recognized documents are useful for collaborative efforts to establish minimal competencies in knowledge, skills, and attitudes for nurses with basic and advanced education. Curriculum change that incorporates minimum competencies will require nursing faculty to improve their knowledge base in genomics-based health care. Partnerships among nurses in different countries are needed for successful genomics education programs for faculty.

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