International Society of Nurses in Genetics

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Explore our resources and knowledge of human genetics into your nursing practice, education and research activities. We offer accurate and current content on human genetics and genomics in addition to forums for professional networking and discussions.

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The International Society of Nurses in Genetics, ISONG, is a global nursing specialty organization dedicated to genomic health care, education, research, and scholarship.

Our Vision

The vision of ISONG is: Caring for people's genetic and genomic health throughout the lifespan and across the continuum of health and disease.

ISONG Mission

The mission of ISONG is to serve both the nursing profession and the public. ISONG fosters and advocates for the scientific and professional development of its members and the nursing community, in the discovery, interpretation, application, and management of genomic information, for the promotion of the public's health and wellbeing. ISONG advocates for public understanding of genomic health and use of genomic information.

The goals of ISONG are to:

Global community

1. Build and sustain a vibrant international community for the development of nurses in genetics and genomics in relation to education, research and professional practice that enhances social capital by:

  • fostering effective communication and networking with nursing organizations and other genetics specialty groups;
  • promoting interprofessional collaboration in the care of people, families, and communities at risk for genetic conditions;
  • providing a forum for education and support for nurses providing genetic- and genomics-based healthcare.


2. Promote the integration of genetics and genomics across nursing education, research and care at all levels of professional practice, through:

  • promoting engagement of nurses with genetics and genomics;
  • sharing expertise and best practice in education, research and care delivery;
  • offering practical support for continuing professional development.


3. Demonstrate and promote leadership in the development and implementation of standards of healthcare practice in genetics and genomics for the benefit of patients and families, through:

  • leading and influencing public policies;
  • articulating standards of practice in nursing professional education and clinical care;
  • generating¬† and disseminating evidence for high quality nursing practice;
    maintaining an outward-facing approach to collaborative working with other relevant public and professional groups.


2017 ISONG Founders’ Awards Nominations




The 2017 ISONG Founders' Awards Nominations are open! The purpose of these awards is to honor ISONG members who have demonstrated excellence in genomic nursing practice, education or research. One of the highest forms of recognition one can receive is a tribute from one's peers. The ISONG Founders' Awards make it possible for ISONG as a professional organization to recognize members who are leaders in genetic/genomic nursing and health care. Please visit the awards page for the complete announcement and for the nomination form.



The Board Elections ballot was sent to ISONG members on June 7, 2017 (via survey Monkey.) Voting is open until July 10th.

Participation in the election is a vital component in selecting ISONG's future leadership team.

Click here for the list of candidates and for more information.

Voting will be for:

President-elect: Demonstrated active involvement in an ISONG board or committee leadership capacity and shows evidence of successful ISONG project promotion. Candidates must be willing to serve in this leadership position for three years. As the leader of the organization, candidates will be evaluated on their previous ISONG leadership and service positions held, and their genomics scholarship encompassing education, research, and clinical practice.This is a three year commitment. The first year consists of service as President-elect,the second year as President and the third year as President-Emeritus.

Secretary: Demonstrated active involvement in various ISONG committees, activities and projects. Candidates must be able to effectively oversee, keep, maintain, and assure distribution of the Board minutes to the Board of Directors and summaries of the minutes to ISONG members; give all notices that are required to be given by these Bylaws; attest all documents, the execution of which has been duly authorized by the members according to these Bylaws; and in general perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as the Board of Directors may prescribe. The Secretary position is a two-year term.

Member-at-Large: Demonstrated active involvement in various ISONG committees, activities and projects. Candidates should be able to articulate their willingness and ability to serve as the link between the general ISONG membership, the Board of Directors and various ISONG committees. Candidates in this position should expect to work on member-wide projects such as the annual needs assessment, serve as the board liaison to the Membership Committee, provide written articles initiating membership discussion and opinions for the newsletter and e-updates, and maintain a Members-Only section on the website among other assigned duties by the Board. This position is a two-year term.

Student Member Representative: Candidates should be able to articulate their willingness and ability to serve as a link between the general ISONG membership, the Board of Directors, and various ISONG committees with a focus on the student perspective. They should expect to work on member-wide projects including promoting student membership and engagement with ISONG through the membership committee, contribute to the e-update, and other activities as assigned by the Board of Directors. The Student Member Representative is expected to attend all Board meetings (monthly conference call and annual on-site at congress). This position is a one-year term.

Please refer to the ISONG Bylaws for the actual board position descriptions. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Sandy Daack-Hirsch at, chair of the Nominations Committee.


Call For Papers and Manuscript Reviewers
Biological Research For Nursing - Integrating Biobehavioral Research into Health Care

Genetic and genomic discoveries impact all areas of healthcare practice, from providing insight into new treatments to supporting disease-prevention strategies to guiding development of personalized health interventions. Nursing research has made, and will continue to make, significant contributions to the growing body of evidence that informs our understanding of the role of genes and genomics in health and illness. From bench to bedside to population health, nursing research is at the forefront of translating basic science into clinical and community applications.

The goal of this special issue is to disseminate cutting-edge findings of genetic and genomic research that have the potential to impact nursing practice and to improve health outcomes across the spectrum of healthcare practice. Submission of basic, clinical, and population genetic and/or genomics research relevant to nursing practice is encouraged. Deadline to submit a manuscript is July 21, 2017.

We are asking ISONG members to consider the following:

1) Submitting a manuscript to be considered for publication in the special issue;

2) Volunteering as a manuscript reviewer.

NOTE: It is preferred that reviewers have one or more first-authored publications within the past 5 years. If you are interested in reviewing and are not already a reviewer for BRN, please feel free to email Gia Mudd-Martin at to submit your name for consideration as a reviewer. Also include in the email your area or areas of expertise.

Also please remember that reviewing is an important component of professional service and be sure to highlight such service as part of your CV!

Click here for the complete announcement and contact information for the guest editors.


ANCC and ISONG announce the first Certification through Portfolio credential for Advanced Genetics Nursing.

Advanced Genetics Nursing

Interested in becoming recognized as a provider for CIGNA and other insurers? Apply for your Advanced Genetics Nursing Credential through ANCC. Begin tracking your continuing education (need at least thirty hours in past three years) and other credentialing data through ANCC's e-portfolio process. You can start your e-portfolio at any time, you don't need to wait until you have everything together. This credential is not just for Nurse Practitioners, but for any registered professional nurse with a Masters degree who is involved with genetics with a minimum of 1500 hours practice in the past three years and meets the professional development criteria. View Press Release.

This credential is also available for international applicants and ISONG members may apply for a discounted fee!

Please contact Alicer Kerber at: if you have any questions or visit

ANCC’s Certification Through Portfolio Video Tutorial

ANCC Certification Through Portfolio Video Tutorial #2 (Prep Tips)

It is important as health care professionals that we stay abreast of the ever changing and advancing field of medicine. Although we have many resources to keep us informed and up to date on new standards and guidelines regarding genetic education and risk assessment, we as nurses need to realize the importance of a certification in genetics nursing. A qualification in any specialty validates an area of expertise, enhances professional credibility, and contributes to a feeling of personal accomplishment.

Our colleagues depend on us in the care of their patients, it is our obligation to ensure them that we are not only competent but knowledgeable in this exceptional field of medicine. It is also important that patients, families, employers, and the community feel confident in the services we provide. To many, certification means the nurse is qualified and this alone can reduce their sense of helplessness and decrease anxiety levels.

It is a fact that there are a limited number of health care professionals with expertise in genetics, especially in rural geographic areas. Many patients referred to genetic counselors located miles from their homes are not able to keep their appointments due to distance &/or financial reasons. Being certified in genetics allows the nurse to provide patients, families, and the community with a wealth of information that can make an impact on cancer prevention, risk reduction, and possibly save lives.

Click on the link above or visit the following link for the Certification Through Portfolio video. It is now live on YouTube: (Video 1)

Visit: for Video #2 (Prep Tips)






Member Benefits

ISONG offers members opportunities for education, leadership, exchange and socialization.  Members receive the latest references on genetics including educational programs and opportunities, e communications, membership directory, program information and a discounted registration fee for the annual ISONG meeting and educational webinars. Also, ISONG members are eligible to apply for the annual research grant awards.

Who are the members of ISONG? Any registered nurse who has an interest in genetics is welcome to become a member of ISONG. Our membership is diverse and reflects the broad needs of those who have genetic problems. Current members are:

Case managers

  • Administrators
  • Coordinators of public and private programs
  • Educators in the field of nursing and/or genetics
  • Genetic counselors
  • Researchers

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New members can experience the benefits of ISONG full membership for the reduced rate of $100 USD for 12 months (reduced from usual $150). Full members can join by clicking on the Join Now link and entering the code: TRY US at the bottom of the application form. This offer is available to the first thirty new members.

Membership Categories


Full - $150.00 (USD)

Full 3-Year - $350.00 (USD)

Student - $100.00 (USD)

Retired - $100.00 (USD)

Retired 3-Year - $250.00 (USD)

Affiliate - $100.00 (USD)

Affiliate 3-Year - $250.00 (USD)