Ethics and Public Policy Committee
This committee evaluates current scientific and political changes which require a response by the Society. They work to create thoughtful statements on genomic healthcare issues. We invite you to learn more about the Ethical Issues and Public Policy Committee and to contact the co-chairs with any questions or if you're interested in becoming a part of their important work.
Click here for the article on the ANA code published by the ISONG Ethics and Public Policy Committee (Published on April 29, 2018).
Members of the Ethics and Public Policy Committee of the ISONG prepared this article to assist nurses in interpreting the American Nurses Association (2015) Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (Code) within the context of genetics/genomics. The nearly ubiquitous application of genetic/genomic technologies in healthcare poses unique ethical challenges for nursing. Authors conducted literature searches that drew from various professional resources to elucidate implications of the code in genetic/genomic nursing practice, education, research, and public policy. We contend that the revised Code coupled with the application of genomic technologies to healthcare creates moral obligations for nurses to continually refresh their knowledge and capacities to translate genetic/genomic research into evidence-based practice, assure the ethical conduct of scientific inquiry, and continually develop or revise national/international guidelines that protect the rights of individuals and populations within the context of genetics/genomics.