The Future of Genomic Nursing Research

Authors

  • Yvette P. Conley,

    1. Yvette P. Conley, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA; Mindy B. Tinkle, RN, PhD, Delta Alpha, Special Assistant to the Director, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. Correspondence to Dr. Conley, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, 3500 Victoria Street, 440 Victoria Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15261. E-mail: yconley@pitt.edu
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  • Mindy B. Tinkle

    1. Yvette P. Conley, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA; Mindy B. Tinkle, RN, PhD, Delta Alpha, Special Assistant to the Director, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. Correspondence to Dr. Conley, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, 3500 Victoria Street, 440 Victoria Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15261. E-mail: yconley@pitt.edu
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Abstract

Purpose: To look toward the future of genomics research and identify genomic-based resources and opportunities for nurse scientists to incorporate genomic concepts into their programs of research.

Organizing Framework: Five research themes for the future, developed by the National Institute of Nursing Research in collaboration with nurse scientists, are the framework for this article: (a) changing lifestyle behaviors for better health; (b) managing the effects of chronic illness to improve health and quality of life; (c) identifying effective strategies to reduce health disparities; (d) harnessingadvanced technologies to serve human needs; and (e) enhancing end-of-life experiences for patients and their families.

Conclusions: Nurse scientists around the world are increasingly integrating genomics into their programs of research. Emerging international genomic initiatives, discoveries, and resources will provide rich opportunities for nurse scientists, as members of interdisciplinary teams, to address important biological, behavioral, social, and ethical questions. This evolving genomic nursing science will be necessary in practice, education, and policy in a time when rapid genomic discoveries are occurring.

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