The essential competencies were developed by an independent panel of nurses leaders from clinical, research and academic settings on the basis of:
These competencies reflect a consensus and are NOT from any federal agency or single nursing organization.
This initiative was funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute and Office of Rare Disease in collaboration with the American Nurses Association.
The genetic and genomic competencies are integral to the practice of all registered nurses regardless of academic preparation, practice setting, role or specialty.
Genomics is a central science for nursing practice because essentially all diseases and conditions have a genetic or genomic component, options for care for all persons will increasingly include genetic and genomic information along the pathways of prevention, screening, diagnostics, prognostics, selection of treatment and monitoring of treatment effectiveness. These competencies are not intended to replace or recreate existing standards of practice but are intended to incorporate the genetic and genomic perspective into all nursing education and practice. The goal is to have a minimum basis by which to prepare the nursing workforce to deliver competent genetic and genomic focused nursing care.
Nursing organizations that endorse the document agree with the content and will support and promote initiatives within their own organization to implement the competencies. The term of endorsement is five years. All endorsing organizations will be listed online at Endorsing Organizations.
Last Updated: January 2, 2013