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.