Genetics in the Clinical Setting

Genetics in the Clinical Setting

Type: Article
Expiration Date: 10/01/2020
Location: Online

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Since 2003, when human genome sequencing was completed, much genetic information and technology has been introduced into healthcare, requiring nurses to understand and translate these concepts to patients. However, without a strong foundation in genetic facts, how do nurses know what’s important? How do we identify the red flags of inherited diseases, use a family assessment to recognize risk factors, develop a plan of care to educate patients, and ensure proper diagnosis?

This article explains basic genetic terminology and processes and describes assessment steps to help clinical nurses care for and manage patients at risk for inherited adult onset diseases.

Key Learning Outcomes

  1. Recall key genetic processes.
  2. Describe the essentials of a genetic assessment.
  3. Discuss how nurses can integrate genetics into their clinical practice.

Presented By


Susan Montgomery, BSN, OCN, GCN
Montgomery is a genetic nurse navigator in the risk assessment program, department of clinical genetics, at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wendy A. Brouwer, MSN, RN-C, WHNP, AGN-BC
Brouwer is a women’s healthcare nurse practitioner in the breast medical oncology department at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Phyllis C. Everett, MSN, RN, AOCN, APNG, NP-C
Everett is adult nurse practitioner in the multidisciplinary breast cancer program at the Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, North Carolina.

Elizabeth Hassen, PhD(c), RN, OCN
Hassen is a PhD candidate in the healthcare genetics doctoral program and an instructor at Clemson School of Nursing in Clemson, South Carolina.

Tracy Lowe, PhD(c), MS, RN
Lowe is a PhD candidate in the genetics iPhD program and an instructor at Clemson School of Nursing.

Sheila B. McGreal, MSN-CV, RN-BC, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC
McGreal is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, and a cardiology nurse practitioner for the University of Chicago in Illinois.

Julie Eggert, PhD, RN, FAAN
Eggert is the Mary Cox Professor and healthcare genetics doctoral coordinator at the Clemson School of Nursing and the College of Behavioral Health and Science at Clemson University.

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