A snapshot of nurses’ understanding, perceptions and comfort level of genomics

Leighsa Sharoff


Objective: The primary aim of this study explored holistic nurses’ self-perceived genomic knowledge, perceptions, attitude and comfort of genomics. A second aim compared results to previous findings of nurse educators and advanced degree practicing registered nurses’ genomic knowledge utilizing the same survey instruments.

Methods: Design: Recruitment of participants, through the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), was achieved via an anonymous Survey Monkey link of the Genetic and Genomic Literacy Assessment (GGLA) survey. The GGLA survey comprised three aspects: Self-Perceived Genomic Knowledge Survey; Perceptions and Attitudes about Genomics Integration into Nursing Practice Survey and the Comfort Level of Genomics Survey. Method: The GGLA survey link was made available via the AHNA newsletter.

Results: Holistic nurses (n = 41) self-perceived genomic knowledge level demonstrated a knowledge base gap in their comprehension and ability to explain genomic concepts to their patients. Majority of holistic nurses were significantly not comfortable with their genomic knowledge (90% or greater). Comparison with nurse educators (n = 53) and advanced degree practicing registered nurses’ (n = 36) genomic knowledge provided additional insight.

Conclusions: A significant majority of nurses are unprepared to adopt genomics into their practice whilst experiencing a lack comfort and confidence. The global success of nursing practice resides with its’ practitioners being fully informed and competent with all required competencies, especially if nursing is to remain prevalent within personalized healthcare.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v11n12p1

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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