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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.
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The International Society of Nurses in Genetics, ISONG, is a global nursing specialty organization dedicated to genomic health care, education, research, and scholarship.
The vision of ISONG is: Caring for people's genetic and genomic health throughout the lifespan and across the continuum of health and disease.
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. Build and sustain a vibrant international community for the development of nurses in genetics and genomics in relation to education, research and professional practice that enhances social capital by:
- fostering effective communication and networking with nursing organizations and other genetics specialty groups;
- promoting interprofessional collaboration in the care of people, families, and communities at risk for genetic conditions;
- providing a forum for education and support for nurses providing genetic- and genomics-based healthcare.
2. Promote the integration of genetics and genomics across nursing education, research and care at all levels of professional practice, through:
- promoting engagement of nurses with genetics and genomics;
- sharing expertise and best practice in education, research and care delivery;
- offering practical support for continuing professional development.
3. Demonstrate and promote leadership in the development and implementation of standards of healthcare practice in genetics and genomics for the benefit of patients and families, through:
- leading and influencing public policies;
- articulating standards of practice in nursing professional education and clinical care;
- generating and disseminating evidence for high quality nursing practice;
maintaining an outward-facing approach to collaborative working with other relevant public and professional groups.
Call for Abstracts for the 2016 ISONG World Congress
is open until February 21, 2016!
Click on the Congress page for more information
and the link to submit abstracts.
ISONG 2016 Congress Registration Scholarships available to current ISONG members -
deadline to apply is March 7th. Click on the Congress page for the application form.
ANCC and ISONG announce the first Certification through Portfolio credential for Advanced Genetics Nursing.
Interested in becoming recognized as a provider for CIGNA and other insurers? Apply for your Advanced Genetics Nursing Credential through ANCC. Begin tracking your continuing education (need at least thirty hours in past three years) and other credentialing data through ANCC's e-portfolio process. You can start your e-portfolio at any time, you don't need to wait until you have everything together. This credential is not just for Nurse Practitioners, but for any registered professional nurse with a Masters degree who is involved with genetics with a minimum of 1500 hours practice in the past three years and meets the professional development criteria. View Press Release.
This credential is also available for international applicants and ISONG members may apply for a discounted fee! Please contact Jeanine Santelli at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
ANCC’s Certification Through Portfolio Video Tutorial
It is important as health care professionals that we stay abreast of the ever changing and advancing field of medicine. Although we have many resources to keep us informed and up to date on new standards and guidelines regarding genetic education and risk assessment, we as nurses need to realize the importance of a certification in genetics nursing. A qualification in any specialty validates an area of expertise, enhances professional credibility, and contributes to a feeling of personal accomplishment.
Our colleagues depend on us in the care of their patients, it is our obligation to ensure them that we are not only competent but knowledgeable in this exceptional field of medicine. It is also important that patients, families, employers, and the community feel confident in the services we provide. To many, certification means the nurse is qualified and this alone can reduce their sense of helplessness and decrease anxiety levels.
It is a fact that there are a limited number of health care professionals with expertise in genetics, especially in rural geographic areas. Many patients referred to genetic counselors located miles from their homes are not able to keep their appointments due to distance &/or financial reasons. Being certified in genetics allows the nurse to provide patients, families, and the community with a wealth of information that can make an impact on cancer prevention, risk reduction, and possibly save lives.
Click on the link above or visit the following link for the Certification Through Portfolio video. It is now live on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm1OAVtrm0I&feature=youtu.be
Call for Abstracts
The call for abstracts for the 2016 ISONG Congress is open! Visit the Congress page for the link and instructions.
We will invite abstracts for podium and poster presentations. Submissions should have an original research, clinical practice, or educational focus. We expect that abstract topics will continue to be exciting, innovative, and-this year in particular-competitive.
Because the ISONG Congress will be held in August, abstracts that represent projects that have results pending will be considered for acceptance for poster and podium presentations.
Abstracts may be submitted from December 7th to February 21st.
The submission deadline is firm, so please plan accordingly.
The Congress program will be on August 4-6, 2016 with a welcome reception on the evening of August 3rd so please mark your calendars!
The submission site and link are available on the Congress Program page.
Please contact Linda Mason at ISONG Headquarters if you have any questions on the abstract site.
2016 ISONG World Congress
August 4-6, 2016 with a Welcome Reception on August 3rd
Royal Marine Hotel
Visit the Congress Page for more information.
ISONG offers members opportunities for education, leadership, exchange and socialization. Members receive the latest references on genetics including educational programs and opportunities, e communications, 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.
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:
- Coordinators of public and private programs
- Educators in the field of nursing and/or genetics
- Genetic counselors
For Members Only Information including Member Directory, Educational Programs and Job Opportunities, login on our Members Only page.
Like Us - Try Us! Experience the Benefits of ISONG Membership
New members can experience the benefits of ISONG full membership for the reduced rate of $100 USD for 12 months (reduced from usual $150). Full members can join by clicking on the Join Now link and entering the code: TRY US at the bottom of the application form. This offer is available to the first thirty new members.
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)