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Int J Nurs Educ Scholarsh. 2013 Oct 31;10. pii: /j/ijnes.2013.10.issue-1/ijnes-2012-0007/ijnes-2012-0007.xml. doi: 10.1515/ijnes-2012-0007.

5-years later - have faculty integrated medical genetics into nurse practitioner curriculum?

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  • Int J Nurs Educ Scholarsh. 2013;10: doi/10.1515/ijnes-2013-0094.


Many genetic/genomic educational opportunities are available to assist nursing faculty in their knowledge and understanding of genetic/genomics. This study was conducted to assess advance practice nursing faculty members' current knowledge of medical genetics/genomics, their integration of genetics/genomics content into advance practice nursing curricula, any prior formal training/education in genetics/genomics, and their comfort level in teaching genetics/genomic content. A secondary aim was to conduct a comparative analysis of the 2010 data to a previous study conducted in 2005, to determine changes that have taken place during that time period. During a national nurse practitioner faculty conference, 85 nurse practitioner faculty voluntarily completed surveys. Approximately 70% of the 2010 faculty felt comfortable teaching basic genetic/genomic concepts compared to 50% in 2005. However, there continue to be education gaps in the genetic/genomic content taught to advance practice nursing students. If nurses are going to be a crucial member of the health-care team, they must achieve the requisite competencies to deliver the increasingly complex care patients require.

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