What is a Genetics Nurse?
A genetics nurse is a licensed professional nurse with special education and training in genetics. Genetics nurses help people at risk for or affected by diseases with a genetic component achieve and maintain health. Many common diseases are now known to have a genetic component including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimers.
Genetics nurses perform risk assessment, analyze the genetic contribution to disease risk, and discuss the impact of risk on health care management for individuals and families. They also provide genetics education, provide nursing care to patients and families and conduct research in genetics.
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Nurses In Genetics Work With Patients And Their Families In Many Settings
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National Society of Genetic Counselors -- the leading voice, authority, and advocate for the genetic counseling profession. Discover the genetic counseling profession and its guiding principles. For more information, visit http://www.nsgc.org
Genetics & Nursing
National Genetics Education and Development Centre -- a site for learners and educators about what is important to know and the activities to be undertaken in clinical practice. Includes factsheets, videos, powerpoint presentations, telling stories and case scenarios. Visit http://www.geneticseducation.nhs.uk/.
Essential Genetic and Genomic Competencies for Nurses With Graduate Degrees, co-published by the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG), is now available on the American Nurses Association website here. For background information on this document and how it was developed click here
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