International Society of Nurses in Genetics

Welcome to ISONG

Explore our resources and knowledge of human genetics into your nursing practice, education and research activities. We offer accurate and current content on human genetics and genomics in addition to forums for professional networking and discussions.

We encourage unlimited reproduction for educational purposes with appropriate acknowledgement of the author and source. Unless otherwise indicated, all original documents in this site are copyrighted by ISONG.

Upcoming ISONG Events

October 6, 2014 - Webinar - Direct to Consumer - Is is better for patients?

November 7-9 - 2014 ISONG World Congress on Nursing and Genomics, Scottsdale, Arizona USA

Other Educational Resources - Link

The International Society of Nurses in Genetics, ISONG, is a global nursing specialty organization dedicated to genomic health care, education, research, and scholarship.

Our Vision

The vision of ISONG is: Caring for people's genetic and genomic health throughout the lifespan and across the continuum of health and disease.

ISONG Mission

The mission of ISONG is to serve both the nursing profession and the public. ISONG fosters and advocates for the scientific and professional development of its members and the nursing community, in the discovery, interpretation, application, and management of genomic information, for the promotion of the public's health and wellbeing. ISONG advocates for public understanding of genomic health and use of genomic information.

The goals of ISONG are to:

  1. Provide a forum for education and support for nurses providing genetic- and genomics-based healthcare.

  2. Promote the integration of genetics and genomic into the delivery of nursing care, and the engagement of the nursing profession in the delivery of genomics-based healthcare services.

  3. Lead in the integration of established nursing competencies in genetics and genomics into all levels of nursing education, practice, and research.

  4. Provide leadership in the development of standards of practice for nurses in human genetics and genomics.

  5. Contribute to the development of public policy in the areas of genetics and genomics healthcare.

  6. Lead in the generation and dissemination of the evidence base for genetics and genomics in nursing.

  7. Provide a forum for professional, transdisciplinary, and public dialogue, communication, and networking.

  8. Promote interprofessional collaboration in the care of people, families, and communities at risk for genetic conditions.

  9. Serve as a source of expertise on genetic and genomic nursing for nurses, other healthcare professionals, lay support groups and the public.

ISONG 2014 Election Results

Sandra Daack-Hirsch PhD, RN
Associate Professor
University of Iowa College of Nursing

Mindy Tinkle, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAAN
Associate Professor
University of New Mexico College of Nursing

Member at Large
Dennis J. Cheek, RN, PhD, FAHA
Abell-Hanger Professor
Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Texas Christian University



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ISONG Announcements and Genetic News

ANCC is seeking ISONG members -- ANCC is seeking ISONG members who are interested in becoming a Panelist, Serve on a Committee, or as an Appraiser. For details, download Genetics Recruitment form (PDF)

Meet Our Members

Maria Adamian

Patricia Hershberger, PhD, RN, FNP-BC is an Associate Professor of Nursing and an Affiliate Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Hershberger has a long-standing interest in helping genetically high-risk individuals and families manage reproductive decisions that involve emerging genetic/genomic biotechnologies such as Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). Patricia has experienced first-hand the multiple challenges of making reproductive decisions when parents are aware of their high-genetic-risk status. She hopes her research will ease these challenges for others. In her recent publication on the topic, co-authored with graduate student, Kathyrn Drazba, MPH and Michele Kelley, ScD, MSW, MA the authors explicate the financial concerns that high-genetic-risk couples in the United States face and how couples try to overcome these concerns in relation to PGD use. The article can be accessed at Dr. Hershberger also brings her enthusiasm for genetics/genomics nursing research and practice to her role as member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Mental Health Professional’s Scientific Review Committee. Patricia is the first nurse elected to this committee and will assume the role of chair in 2016.

This fall, Dr. Hershberger and other ISONG members including former president Kathleen Sparbel, PhD, FNP-BC and new member, Mary Dawn Koenig, PhD, RN, CNM along with Aleeca F. Bell, PhD, RN, CNM and Anne M. Fink, PhD, RN are launching a new graduate genetics/genomics research course at UIC. The course will focus on principles of clinical and molecular genetics and incorporate aspects of clinical counseling and bioethics.


NEWS RELEASE: New Educational Resource Prepares Clinician For Genomic Medicine
View Press Release (PDF)
[May 22, 2013]


Member Benefits

ISONG offers members opportunities for education, leadership, exchange and socialization.  Members receive the latest reference on genetics delivered via e communications, the ISONG newsletter, membership directory, program information and a discounted registration fee for the annual ISONG meeting and educational webinars.  Also, ISONG members are eligible to apply for the annual research grant awards.

Like Us – Try Us! Reduced price membership offer.

New members can experience the benefits of ISONG full membership for the reduced rate of $100 USD for 12 months (reduced from usual $150). This offer is limited and available to the first thirty new members. Download ISONG brochure for more information on this opportunity. Full members can join by clicking on the Join Now option and by entering the code: TRY US at the bottom of the application form.


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Membership Directory

Membership Directory - gain access to the directory by clicking Membership Directory

Who are the members of ISONG?

Any registered nurse who has an interest in genetics is welcome to become a member of ISONG. Our membership is diverse and reflects the broad needs of those who have genetic problems. Current members are:
  • Case managers
  • Administrators
  • Coordinators of public and private programs
  • Educators in the field of nursing and/or genetics
  • Genetic counselors
  • Researchers

Membership Categories


Full - $150.00 (USD)

Full 3-Year - $350.00 (USD)

Student - $100.00 (USD)

Retired - $100.00 (USD)

Retired 3-Year - $250.00 (USD)

Affiliate - $100.00 (USD)

Affiliate 3-Year - $250.00 (USD)