What is a Genetic Nurse? A genetic nurse is a licensed professional nurse with special education and training in genetics.

Genetic nurses help people at risk for or affected by diseases with a genetic component achieve and maintain health. Many common diseases are now known to have a genetic component, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimers. Genetic nurses perform risk assessment, analyze the genetic contribution to disease risk and discuss the impact of risk on health care management for individuals and families. They also provide genetic education, provide nursing care to patients and families and conduct research in genetics. Nurses In Genetics Work With Patients And Their Families In Many Settings
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specialty clinics where gene-based diagnoses and therapies are offered prenatal and reproductive technology centers cancer centers primary health care settings pediatric clinics industrial health school health research centers biotech and insurance industries

What Do The Initials GCN Mean? Nurses with GCN after their names are baccalaureate prepared licensed registered nurses who have received specialty credentialing as a Genetic Clinical Nurse (GCN). What Do The Initials APNG Mean? Nurses with APNG after their names are licensed registered nurses with a masters degree who have received specialty credentialing as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics (APNG). Genetic Nurse Competencies and Guidelines This 58 page document outlines the essential nursing competencies and curricula guidelines for genetics and genomics as established by Consensus Panel, September 21 22, 2005 and published by the American Nurses Association, Silver Spring,Maryland 2006. This publication -- Essential Nursing Competencies and Curricula Guidelines for Genetics and Genomics -- reflects the thinking of the nursing profession on various issues and should be reviewed in conjunction with state board of nursing policies and practices. State law, rules, and regulations govern the practice of nursing, while Essential Nursing Competencies and Curricula Guidelines for Genetics and Genomics guides nurses in the application of their professional skills and responsibilities.VisitEssential Nursing Competencies and Curricula Guidelines for Genetics and Genomics (PDF)

cancer. or effect of pregnancy on existing genetic risk couples who have had multiple miscarriages couples who are related. hemophilia. Down syndrome. such as birth defects. Sickle Cell disease anyone who is considering genetic testing individuals and couples who are concerned with issues related to pregnancy. cystic fibrosis. Parkinson s disease. diabetes. transmission of genetic conditions. such as first cousins healthcare providers who seek genetics consultations for their patients y y y y y What Can Genetic Nurses Do For You? y y y y y obtain a detailed family history and construct a pedigree (family history diagram) assess and analyze hereditary and nonhereditary disease risk factors identify potential genetic conditions or genetic predisposition to disease provide genetic information and psychosocial support to individuals and families provide nursing care for patients and families at risk for or affected by diseases with a genetic component provide genetic counseling (Advanced Practice Nurses) facilitate genetic testing and interpret genetic test results and laboratory reports (Advanced Practice Nurses) y y .Who Could Benefit From Genetic Nursing? y individuals and families with known hereditary conditions or diseases thought to have a hereditary component Examples: Alzheimer's disease. Huntington s disease.

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