U.S. Genetics Nurses in Advanced Practice
Article first published online: 18 AUG 2006
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 38, Issue 3, pages 213–218, September 2006
How to Cite
Lea, D. H., Williams, J. K., Cooksey, J. A., Flanagan, P. A., Forte, G. and Blitzer, M. G. (2006), U.S. Genetics Nurses in Advanced Practice. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 38: 213–218. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2006.00105.x
- Issue published online: 18 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 18 AUG 2006
- Accepted for publication April 25, 2006.
- genetic nursing;
- advanced practice nurses
Purpose: To describe characteristics and professional roles of genetics nurses in advanced practice.
Design: A cross-sectional descriptive survey administered in 2004 as one component of a comprehensive study of genetic services and the health workforce. The sample was 211 U.S. members of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics.
Methods: The survey included demographic characteristics, education, credentials, professional roles, and attitudes about genetic healthcare issues.
Findings: The majority of respondents had master's degrees and many had earned doctorates in nursing (20%) or other fields (12%). Thirty-one percent were certified as nurse practitioners; 57% provided direct patient care, with the largest percentage working in genetics (26%) or oncology (22%) settings. Over one-third were educators and 19% conducted genome-related research.
Conclusions: Genetics nurses in advanced practice in the US focus on both genomic discoveries and clinical health care through the application of genomic knowledge into health care, research, and nursing education.