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Nurs Outlook. 2018 May - Jun;66(3):244-253. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2017.10.010. Epub 2017 Nov 13.

Hospital nursing leadership-led interventions increased genomic awareness and educational intent in Magnet settings.

Author information

1
National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research, Bethesda, MD. Electronic address: calzonek@mail.nih.gov.
2
National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute, Genomic Healthcare Branch, Bethesda, MD.
3
Department of Statistics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
4
University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Nursing, Wilmington, NC.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Precision Medicine Initiative will accelerate genomic discoveries that improve health care, necessitating a genomic competent workforce.

PURPOSE:

This study assessed leadership team (administrator/educator) year-long interventions to improve registered nurses' (RNs) capacity to integrate genomics into practice.

METHODS:

We examined genomic competency outcomes in 8,150 RNs.

FINDINGS:

Awareness and intention to learn more increased compared with controls. Findings suggest achieving genomic competency requires a longer intervention and support strategies such as infrastructure and policies. Leadership played a role in mobilizing staff, resources, and supporting infrastructure to sustain a large-scale competency effort on an institutional basis.

DISCUSSION:

Results demonstrate genomic workforce competency can be attained with leadership support and sufficient time. Our study provides evidence of the critical role health-care leaders play in facilitating genomic integration into health care to improve patient outcomes. Genomics' impact on quality, safety, and cost indicate a leader-initiated national competency effort is achievable and warranted.

KEYWORDS:

Competency; Education; Genetics genomics; Nursing

PMID:
29544651
PMCID:
PMC5949252
[Available on 2019-05-01]
DOI:
10.1016/j.outlook.2017.10.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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