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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2011 Feb;27(1):64-71. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2010.11.008.

Essential genetic and genomic nursing competencies for the oncology nurse.

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  • 1, National HumanGenome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA. jean.jenkins@nih.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To review the opportunities and possibilities for advancing oncology nursing competencies in genetic/genomics through the illustration of case scenarios in clinical care.

DATA SOURCES:

Literature; research reports.

CONCLUSIONS:

Oncology nurses have the potential to influence whether or not cutting edge research discoveries are utilized at the bedside. Clinical integration of genetic/genomic information has the potential to optimize health outcomes and lengthen patient lives.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Oncology nurses need to include genetics/genomics in their practice in order to impact quality patient care today and for the future.

Published by Elsevier Inc.

PMID:
21255714
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PMCID:
PMC3059123
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