Office of Undergraduate Research

Exploratory study of nursing competence specific to genetics and genomics

Few efforts have been undertaken to assess the knowledge and skills of nurses relative to genetics and genomics. As a result, little is known about the current level of knowledge and competence relative to genetics and genomics of nurses engaged in practice. This exploratory study of nursing competence specific to genetics and genomics proposes to assess the knowledge and skills of nurses relative to genetics and genomics. Nurses will be invited to complete a survey in an effort to evaluate their state of nursing knowledge relative to genetics and genomics; to evaluate the extent to which they apply genetic and genomic principles and technology in nursing practice; and, to identify the needs of nurses specific to genetics and genomics. The information gleaned from this survey will be used to design local and national educational programs for nurses focused on the integration of principles and technologies relevant to genetics and genomics for nurses in clinical practice.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Selected students will be afforded an opportunity to assist in review and evaluation of the literature; review and evaluate study instruments; recruit study participants for the pilot study; collect study data; enter data into computerized databases; review, sort and analyze study data; and, collaborate in the dissemination of study outcomes.