acute care, education, clinical nurses, competencies, genetics, genomics



  1. Newcomb, Patricia PhD, RN, CPNP
  2. Behan, Deborah PhD, RN-BC
  3. Sleutel, Martha PhD, RN, CNS
  4. Walsh, Judith PhD, RN
  5. Baldwin, Kathleen PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, AGPCNP-BC, FAAN
  6. Lockwood, Suzy PhD, RN, OCN, FAAN


Abstract: In 2006, the American Nurses Association created a set of essential genetics and genomics (G/G) competencies for all RNs, regardless of academic preparation, practice setting, or specialty. However, more than half of the RNs practicing today received no prelicensure education on these G/G competencies. This study describes the current use of G/G nursing competencies in acute care hospitals and how nurses perceive them.