Recommendations for educating nurses in genetics

Citation
Jf. Jenkins et al., Recommendations for educating nurses in genetics, J PROF NURS, 17(6), 2001, pp. 283-290
Citations number
42
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science
Journal title
JOURNAL OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
ISSN journal
8755-7223 → ACNP
Volume
17
Issue
6
Year of publication
2001
Pages
283 - 290
Database
ISI
SICI code
8755-7223(200111/12)17:6<283:RFENIG>2.0.ZU;2-5
Abstract
With the ongoing and increasingly rapid pace of genetic discoveries, nurses must be able to incorporate genetic knowledge into their everyday practice s of promoting the genetic health of individuals, families, and communities . Although development of genetic health knowledge is in its infancy, nurse s are currently expected to integrate information about genetic risks, test ing, and treatments for clients throughout the clients' entire lifespan. Al l nurses must have an understanding of the relationship between genetics an d health to appropriately identify and address genetic concerns in their cl ients. To fulfill these roles, nurses need to improve their knowledge base in genetics. This article provides recommendations for genetics curriculum in continuing and entry-level nursing education programs. These recommendat ions are outcomes of a research project involving genetics nurse experts as well as nurses new to the area of genetics, and a consensus workshop of nu rsing faculty involved in curriculum changes subsequent to an intensive gen etics continuing education program. Nursing educators are beginning to reco gnize the importance of education of all nurses about genetics. If, however , all educators do not accept this responsibility, nurses will be left behi nd in designing and offering health care for the 21st century. (C) 2001 by W.B. Saunders Company.