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CNE Article

Genomics Education: Knowledge of Nurses Across the Profession and Integration Into Practice

Lisa B. Aiello
CJON 2017, 21(6), 747-753 DOI: 10.1188/17.CJON.747-753

Background: Since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, the implications of genetics and genomics for health and illness have become clearer. All nurses, at all levels and across all specialties, must have a basic understanding of genetics and genomics to provide appropriate care.

Objectives: This article provides an overview of the integration of genetics and genomics into nursing education, as well as continued barriers to nursing knowledge of genetics and genomics.

Methods: A literature review was conducted using CINAHL®, PubMed, ProQuest, and Google Scholar. Databases were reviewed for literature published from January 1962 to November 2017.

Findings: Although genetic and genomic education has been integrated into undergraduate and graduate nursing curricula, a gap exists in this knowledge among student nurses, practicing nurses, and nursing faculty.

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