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Nursing Care in the Genomic Era: A Case Based Approach

Author(s): Jean F. Jenkins, PhD, RN, FAAN, National Human Genome Research Institute
Dale Halsey Lea, RN, MPH, FAAN, Foundation for Blood Research,Southern Maine Regional Genetics Service, Maine
  • ISBN-13: 9780763733254
  • ISBN-10:0763733253
  • Paperback    411 pages      © 2005
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Increasingly, genomic-based approaches and resources are redefining our categorization of disease, leading to new approaches to prevention and therapy. As nurses traditionally practice patient-oriented care, they will undoubtedly play a key role in both developing and applying the aspects of genomic health care. Nursing Care in the Genomic Era: A Case Based Approach is designed to provide nurses with up-to-date and accessible information on this powerful new approach to understanding, preventing, and treating disease.


The framework for each chapter consists of core competencies in genetics, interwoven with stories that highlight a particular condition and the related biological, personal, and psychosocial issues. The chapters then go on to address the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for nurses and health professionals as recommended by the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG). The text presents the genetic components of common diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s, and the innovative technologies used to detect them.


Understanding genomic issues and how they affect individuals and families is the first step for nurses hoping to make a difference when providing nursing care in the genomic era.


Features & Benefits

Includes current references and Internet links to keep up-to-date on genetic information

Utilizes real stories from persons that illustrate the importance of nurses having sufficient understanding of genetic and genomic clinical applications to assist decision-making in the practice setting

Offers chapter activities to expand knowledge provided in chapters

Presents position statements from professional organizations that provide guidance on clinical application of genetic technology

Offers viewpoints from healthcare providers (including physicians, psychologists, genetic counselors, consumer group representatives, and more) who provide insight on multidisciplinary concerns regarding clinical genomics applications.

Chapter One: Connecting Genomics to Biology

Chapter Two: Connecting Genomics to Practice

Chapter Three: Connecting Genomics to Health Benefits

Chapter Four: Connecting Genomics to Health Benefits—Genetic Testing

Chapter Five: Genomics to Health Outcomes—Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics

Chapter Six: Putting the Pieces Together: How I Learned of the Genetic Condition in My Family

      Commentary: Physician, Alan Guttmacher, MD

Chapter Seven: Finding What I need: How Genetics Professionals Became a Part of my Life—Who They Are and What They Do

      Commentary: Psychologist, Andrea Farkas Patenaude

Chapter Eight: Transitions and New Understandings: How Genetics Has Transformed My Life

Chapter Nine: Genomics to Society

Chapter Ten: Genomics to Society—Spirituality and Religious Traditions

Chapter Eleven: My Hopes and Fears: How I Feel About Genetic Research

Chapter Twelve: Braving New Frontiers: What is My Future with My Genetic Condition?

      Commentary: Nurse, Rita Black Monsen, DSN, MPH, RN

Chapter Thirteen: Integration of Genomics to Improve Health

Chapter Fourteen: Resources for Health Care Professionals and Consumers

Addendum: NCHPEG Competencies

Jean F. Jenkins, PhD, RN, FAAN-National Human Genome Research Institute

Jean Jenkins worked for two Institutes at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. She is currently Senior Clinical Advisor, Office of the Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, where her primary focus is education about the implications of genomics for health care. Jean was previously involved with the application of genetic testing research studies for high risk cancer families as Clinical Nurse Specialist Consultant, National Cancer Institute. As part of the NCHPEG coalition, Jean assisted in the development of the core competencies in genetics essential for all healthcare professionals.

Dale Halsey Lea, RN, MPH, FAAN-Foundation for Blood Research,Southern Maine Regional Genetics Service, Maine

Dale Lea is a board certified genetic counselor and nurse administrator working at the Foundation for Blood Research, Maine. Twenty years of experience of integrating genetic discoveries into practice for prenatal and early childhood, and adult-onset diseases has provided Dale with a rich understanding of the clinical implications for both consumers and professionals as a result of genomics.

  • "Strengths of this text include basing the content on the NCHPEG recommendations; the innovative use of titles and stories to illustrate concepts; a thought-provoking range of issues on the effects of genetic information on society, practice, patients, and families; and experimental learning through patient stories."


    Paula Trahan Rieger, RN, MSN, CS, AOCN, FAAN

    American Society of Clinical Oncology

    Reviewed in the Oncology Nursing Forum
    January 2006

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