Nursing genetics and genomics: The International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) survey

Kathleen T. Hickey, Jacquelyn Y. Taylor, Taura L. Barr, Nicole R. Hauser, Haomiao Jia, Teresa C. Riga, Maria Katapodi

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Background: The International Society of Nursing in Genetics (ISONG) fosters scientific and professional development in the discovery, interpretation, and application of genomic information in nursing research, education, and clinical practice. Objectives: Assess genomic-related activities of ISONG members in research, education and practice, and competencies to serve as global leaders in genomics. Design: Cross-sectional survey (21-items) assessing genomic-related training, knowledge, and practice. Settings: An email invitation included a link to the anonymous online survey. Participants: All ISONG members (n = 350 globally) were invited to partake. Methods: Descriptive statistics and Wilcoxon Rank Sum Test for between-group comparisons. Results: Respondents (n = 231, 66%), were mostly Caucasian, female, with a master's degree or higher. Approximately 70% wanted to incorporate genomics in research, teaching, and practice. More than half reported high genomic competency, and over 95% reported that genomics is relevant the next 5 years. Conclusions: Findings provide a foundation for developing additional educational programs for an international nursing workforce in genomics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-17
Number of pages6
JournalNurse Education Today
StatePublished - Apr 2018



  • Education
  • Genetics
  • Nursing
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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Hickey, K. T., Taylor, J. Y., Barr, T. L., Hauser, N. R., Jia, H., Riga, T. C., & Katapodi, M. (2018). Nursing genetics and genomics: The International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) survey. Nurse Education Today, 63, 12-17.