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Keywords

GENOMICS, GENETICS, EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

Authors

  1. Pestka, Elizabeth L. MS, APRN,BC
  2. Brown, Julie K. MS, APRN,BC

Abstract

Genomics information will make it possible to identify individuals who have, or are at risk to develop, health problems and to diagnose and treat them in ways that until recently were not possible. The majority of nurses in practice today do not have adequate knowledge about genomics. This article describes a diverse and extensive education program initiated to provide information to nurses. Important aspects to consider for all nursing genomics education programs are that they need to be relevant to practice, multifaceted, and ongoing as information continues to unfold about the human genome and application to healthcare.