Title

Faculty members' perceptions of medical genetics and its integration into nurse practitioner curricula

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2006

Journal

Journal of Nursing Education

Volume

45

Issue

3

DOI

10.3928/01484834-20060301-06

Abstract

This study assessed faculty members' perceived knowledge of medical genetics concepts and conditions, the importance of integrating this content into NP curricula and how this was being done. During a national NP conference, 40 NP faculty voluntarily completed surveys. Participants' perceived knowledge of genetics varied; 35% noted low or very low knowledge, and only 5% reported high or very high knowledge. Most participants (95%) believed genetics is important, but only 10% reported having separate genetics courses in their NP programs. Approximately half of the participants reported personal involvement in genetics NP education, and 50% reported barriers to implementing it into their curricula. Most faculty indicated they did not feel comfortable teaching genetics, nor did they have formal training in the area. Advancing medical genetics into NP curricula will require ongoing faculty development and training to sustain and build genetics skills and competencies for advanced practice nurses.

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