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We are thrilled to offer a day of Pre-Congress Sessions this year!  Join us on Thursday, November 7th!

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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Session A
Genetics for the Non-Genetics Nurse

Advances in genetics and genomics are revolutionizing our understanding of health and illness, and nurses are at the forefront of implementing these advances.  Furthering the genetics/genomics education of nurses plays a significant role in the challenge of integrating genetics and genomics into clinical care. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce key genetic/genomic concepts, terminology, and basic principles to new learners, non-genetics nurses, or as a refresher for experienced clinicians.

Kara Morgan, DNP, APRN, CPNP-BC, CGC
Nurse Practitioner
USF Health, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics and Metabolism
Tampa, Florida, USA

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Session B

NPCC - Credentialing Professional Nurses in Genetic/Genomic Practice

Designed for all nurses interested in credentialing requirements, the purpose of this workshop is to inform and give direction about the value, purpose, and process for credentialing the genetic/genomic nurse professional.  The workshop will introduce the new portfolio credentialing platform and the criteria necessary for credentialing baccalaureate (CGN) and advanced practice nurses (ACGN).     


Catherine A. Marcum, APN, AGACNP-BC, AGN-BC        

APN Coordinator of High Risk Genetics

CHI Memorial

Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

Additional Presenters Include:

Jeanine Santelli, PhD, RN, AGPCNP-BC, FAAN

Executive Director

American Nurses Association - New York 

Albany, New York, USA

Lori Farmer, APRN, MS, MSN, AGN-BC

Tele-Genetics Director


Gulf Breeze, Florida, USA

Julie Eggert, PhD, RN, GNP, AGN, FAAN

Professor Emerita

Clemson University, School of Nursing

Clemson, South Carolina, USA


1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Session C

Teaching Genomics for Meaningful Learning

The purpose of this workshop is to provide nursing educators with a framework and strategies for teaching genomics to nursing students. The workshop is applicable for faculty, graduate students, or teaching assistants who teach designated genomics courses or who have a role in integrated approaches to genomic education for nurses.  Successful translation of genome science to improve health outcomes requires a nursing workforce prepared to deliver and explain genetic information and interventions. 

Linda Ward, PhD, FNP-BC 
Associate Professor

College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences
Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina, USA

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Session D
Ethics, Genomics, & the Family Care Experience: Newborn Screening Case Studies

The expansion of Genetic/Genomic screening programs necessitates continued examination of the ethical aspects and unforeseen consequences of these expansions. Central to the concept of Genomics care is the tenant of exploring the impact on family experiences and family dynamics. This presentation will examine a Newborn Screening Program (NSP) expansion, ethical considerations and concepts of genomic care, the impact on family experiences, and approaches to program modification to minimize unintentional harm.

Maryann F. Campbell, RNC-NIC, MS, CNS
Genetics Nurse Coordinator 

Kaiser Permanente

Novato, California, USA

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