Understanding the role of genomics in nursing practice
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Understanding the role of genomics in nursing practice

Jodie Coulson Lecturer in prescribing and medicines optimisation, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, Heslington, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To increase your knowledge and understanding of genomics

  • To be aware of the potential benefits of genomics in healthcare

  • To recognise the implications that the increased use of genomics has for nursing practice

Genomic testing can support the identification of abnormalities and developmental changes in patients’ genes. Advances in technology and national infrastructure have led to increased access to genomic testing that can inform decisions about patient care. Care pathways are becoming increasingly personalised based on genomic information and nursing practice has evolved in line with these developments. All nurses should have sufficient knowledge about genomics to perform their role effectively. This article aims to enhance nurses’ understanding of genomics and explains its benefits in healthcare practice.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e12053

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software



Conflict of interest

None declared

Coulson J (2022) Understanding the role of genomics in nursing practice. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e12053

Published online: 21 November 2022

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