Special Issue Highlights Nurses' Role Practical Considerations in Genomic Healthcare

National Human Genome Research Institute

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Special issue highlights nurses' role and practical considerations in genomic healthcare

Ensuring that nurses play a central role in the application of genomics to clinical care is at the core of the 2013 Genomics Special Issue of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. The publication, coordinated by National Institutes of Health researchers Jean Jenkins, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, and Kathleen Calzone, Ph.D., RN APNG, FAAN, explores genomic variation and its clinical implications for common diseases in pediatric and adult patients such as cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome and cancer.

"Evidence suggests that nurses are very interested in integrating genomic advances into practice, yet remain unsure of how and where to begin. This Special Issue introduces nurses to the relevancy of genomic information for clinical care today. The articles provide foundational knowledge of significance to genomic nursing education, practice, and research," said Dr. Jenkins with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). This is the third series of genomics in nursing articles coordinated by Drs. Jenkins and Calzone.

The special issue also spotlights the genomics of common health conditions, emerging genomic science and technology and the ethical, legal, social and nursing research issues associated with the translation of genomics into healthcare. The special issue will be freely available online on Feb. 1, 2013, at JNS Genomic Nursing Series.

The issue begins with the editorial Relevance of Genomics to Healthcare and Nursing Practice, which underscores the importance of nurses understanding the genomic science behind care decisions in order to improve patient outcomes. It was authored by Drs. Calzone and Jenkins, Dr. Nick Nicol, at the Universal College of Learning, New Zealand, Dr. Heather Skirton from Plymouth University in the United Kingdom, Dr. Greg Feero, a primary care physician formerly with NHGRI and Dr. Eric Green, NHGRI director.

"Genomics impacts the practice of all nurses regardless of their academic preparation, role or specialty. This series is intended to address the genomics of common diseases to aid in preparing a genomically competent nursing workforce," said Dr. Calzone with the National Cancer Institute.

The articles:

Webinars from authors of the special issue will be coming in 2013 and can be found at www.genome.gov/27552312. Additional online genetics and genomic education resources for nurses, physician assistants and genetic counselors can be found at:

To provide feedback on the 2013 Genomics Special Issue, e-mail Dr. Jenkins at jean.jenkins@nih.gov or Dr. Calzone at calzonek@mail.nih.gov.

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Posted: February 1, 2013