Background: Genetics and Genomics Nursing Competencies

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Essentials of Genetic and Genomic Nursing: Competencies, Curricula Guidelines, and Outcome Indicators, 2nd Edition

In 2005, ANA partnered with the National Human Genome Research Institute, the National Cancer Institute, and the Office of Rare Diseases of the National Institutes of Health to host a consensus panel of nurse leaders to identify, review, seek public comment and publish essential genetic and genomic competencies for all registered nurses. The document was based on the review of earlier peer-reviewed published work reporting practice-based genetic and genomic competencies, guidelines, and recommendations. The resulting publication, The Essential Nursing Competencies and Curricula Guidelines for Genetics and Genomics was endorsed by 47 representative nursing organizations and in January 2007 by the National Coalition of Health Professional Educators in Genetics (NCHPEG) .

In 2009, Essentials of Genetic and Genomic Nursing: Competencies, Curricula Guidelines, and Outcome Indicators, 2nd Edition was published (See Below). This updated edition succinctly addresses and articulates the competencies essential for all nursing practice, as well as the subsequent curricular guidelines for all nursing education. The outcome indicators are an adjunct to the essential nursing competencies and curricula guidelines for genetics and genomics and are intended to define for each competency the knowledge and practice indicators. Developed by an independent panel of nurse leaders from clinical, research, and academic settings, this monograph reflects their goal: to establish the minimum basis for preparing the nursing workforce to deliver competent genetic and genomic-focused nursing care. To supplement its primary content, it also includes a comprehensive selection of resources that pertain directly to the competencies and guidelines. As a result, Essentials of Genetic and Genomic Nursing: Competencies, Curricula Guidelines, and Outcome Indicators, 2nd Edition, proves to be an essential resource for nursing professional development at all levels.

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