Original Article 

Genetics Education in Nurse Residency Programs: A Natural Fit

Nalo M. Hamilton, PhD, RN, APRN-BC; Christina W. Stenman, MSN, RN; Elaine Sang, BS; Christina Palmer, PhD

Abstract

Scientific advances are shedding light on the genetic underpinning of common diseases. With such insight, the entire health care team is faced with the need to address patient questions regarding genetic risk, testing, and the psychosocial aspects of genetics information. Nurses are in a prime position to help with patient education about genetic conditions, yet they often lack adequate genetics education within their nursing curriculum to address patient questions and provide resources. One mechanism to address this knowledge deficit is the incorporation of a genetics-based curriculum into nurse residency programs. This article describes a novel genetics-based curriculum designed and implemented in the UCLA Health System Nurse Residency Program.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2017;48(8):379–384.

Authors

Dr. Hamilton is Assistant Professor, Ms. Stenman is a Registered Nurse, and Ms. Sang is a Registered Nurse, School of Nursing; and Dr. Palmer is Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California Los Angeles.

The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

The authors thank Yvette Conley, PhD, FAAN, and Inese Verzemnieks, PhD, RN, for their critical input and editorial expertise in the preparation of this manuscript.

Address correspondence to Nalo M. Hamilton, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, Assistant Professor, University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing, 700 Tiverton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095; e-mail: nhamilton@sonnet.ucla.edu.

Received: January 09, 2017
Accepted: May 30, 2017

10.3928/00220124-20170712-11

Scientific advances are shedding light on the genetic underpinning of common diseases. With such insight, the entire health care team is faced with the need to address patient questions regarding genetic risk, testing, and the psychosocial aspects of genetics information. Nurses are in a prime position to help with patient education about genetic conditions, yet they often lack adequate genetics education within their nursing curriculum to address patient questions and provide resources. One mechanism to address this knowledge deficit is the incorporation of a genetics-based curriculum into nurse residency programs. This article describes a novel genetics-based curriculum designed and implemented in the UCLA Health System Nurse Residency Program.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2017;48(8):379–384.

Dr. Hamilton is Assistant Professor, Ms. Stenman is a Registered Nurse, and Ms. Sang is a Registered Nurse, School of Nursing; and Dr. Palmer is Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California Los Angeles.

The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

The authors thank Yvette Conley, PhD, FAAN, and Inese Verzemnieks, PhD, RN, for their critical input and editorial expertise in the preparation of this manuscript.

Address correspondence to Nalo M. Hamilton, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, Assistant Professor, University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing, 700 Tiverton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095; e-mail: nhamilton@sonnet.ucla.edu.

Received: January 09, 2017
Accepted: May 30, 2017
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