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As genomic competencies have been delineated for all nurses, this presented an opportunity to provide support to nurse leaders to become aware of, plan for, and begin to incorporate genomics into practice.


The primary aim of this Method for Introducing a New Competency: Genomics (MINC) into Nursing Practice study was to develop, implement, and evaluate a year-long genomic education intervention that trained, supported, and supervised institutional administrator and educator Dyads (Champions) to increase nursing capacity to integrate genetics and genomics into practice. Assessments of program satisfaction and institutional achieved outcomes helped them measure progress. Read more about this study in the Journal Articles section below.

Nurses can become Champions in their own workplace to enhance safe personalized healthcare. Champions as designers of delivery systems can accelerate the process of practice innovation by preparing their workforce and creating policies that assure delivery of responsible, effective, and accountable care that includes new competencies.

This toolkit has been developed based on innovative MINC Champion experiences, resources used, strategies tried, and outcomes achieved. They all expressed the need for such a toolkit when beginning their journey. Now based on their efforts, they provide options for you to try in your clinical setting.

The toolkit is structured in a question and answer format. The sections are not linear and may have some overlap. It is designed that way so that if you choose to go to the section of most interest to you, you will find what you need. Suggested resources are available for you to choose what would work best for you and your clinical setting. Finally, video testimonials are provided so that you can hear from those just like you who have taken on the challenge to overcome barriers to change and to accelerate genomics competency integration.


Administrators and educators who were actively involved in integrating genomics into their clinical settings provide commentary about their experiences. Hear words of guidance from these Champions that may help you in thinking about why you should focus on genomics in practice; where to begin; and strategies to consider.

How This Toolkit Was Created

Funding: The National Human Genome Research Institute provided funding for development of this website. Working with the contractor, d’Vinci Interactive of Hagerstown, MD, the format and structure for this site were created.

Following completion of the Method for Introducing a New Competency: Genomics (MINC) into Nursing Practice project, study participants suggested that we utilize their experiences and identified resources to create a toolkit for others looking to integrate genomics in their healthcare settings. The first step we took was to convene a small Advisory Panel from within the champion dyads and they attended a planning meeting June 15, 2015 to conceptualize the Genomic Nursing Toolkit. Based on their experiences, the outline for the toolkit was created and refined by the Advisory Group. The Champions assisted with the content write-up, provided resources of value to them, and helped review the toolkit contents prior to making it available to you. (2016)

Journal Articles

Badzek, L., Calzone, K., Jenkins, J., Culp, S., & Bonham, V. (2013). Nursing leaders hold the key to translating genomics into practice. American Nurse Today. Dec, 8(12).

Calzone, K., Culp, S., Jenkins, et. al. Test/retest reliability of the genetics and genomics in nursing practice survey instrument. (2016). Journal of Nursing Measurement. 24(1):54-68 PMID:27103245.

Calzone, K., Jenkins, J., Culp, S., Caskey, S., & Badzek, L. (2014). Expanding RN Scope of Practice: A Method for Introducing a New Competency into Nursing Practice. Journal of Nursing Regulation. 5(1), 40-47 PMID:25343056.

Jenkins, J., Calzone, K., Caskey, S., Culp, S., Weiner, M., & Badzek, L. Methods of Genomic Competency Integration in Practice. (2015). Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 47(3):200-210 PMID:25808828.

Participating Sites

Akron Children's Hospital
One Perkins Square
Akron, Ohio 44308
Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Avera McKennan Behavioral Health Hospital
4400 W 69th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd
Houston, TX 77030
Baptist Hospital of Miami
8900 N. Kendall Drive
Miami, FL 33176
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
251 E. Huron St., Feinberg 4-504A
Chicago, IL 60611
Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont Hospital
3080 College Street
Beaumont, TX 77704
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
5666 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
Beaumont Health System
3601 West 13 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
9205 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225
Central DuPage Hospital
25 North Winfield Road
Winfield, IL 60103
South Shore Hospital
55 Fogg Road
South Weymouth, MA 2190
Children's National Medical Center
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue
Forth Worth, TX 76104
Duke University Hospital
Box 3543, DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
8200 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75231
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497
The Children's Mercy Hospital & Clinics
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Hunterdon Healthcare System
2100 Wescott Dr.
Flemington, NJ 08822
The University of Kansas Hospital
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160

Last updated: February 4, 2022