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.


ISONG Call for Abstracts will be open on December 9th!

2017 ISONG World Congress on Nursing and Genomics
Precision Nursing: Through Research, Education and Practice

We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the 2017 ISONG Congress will be open on December 9th. We will invite abstracts for podium and poster presentations. Submissions should have an original research, clinical practice, or educational focus. We expect that abstract topics will continue to be exciting, innovative, and-this year in particular-competitive.

Abstracts may be submitted from December 9, 2016 to February 17, 2016. The submission deadline is firm, so please plan accordingly.

The Congress program will be on November 3-5, 2017 with a welcome reception on the evening of November 2nd so please mark your calendars!

The submission site and link will be posted on December 9th.

We look forward to receiving your submission.


Tara Albrecht
Michael Groves

2017 Abstract Co-chairs horzline

Academic Travel Abroad - Visit to Cuba Opportunity!

The International Society of Nurses in Genetics, with Academic Travel Abroad, is organizing a delegation to visit Cuba for the purpose of meeting with our Cuban counterparts and learning about the role of Cuban nurses in health care delivery. The opportunity for you to learn about genetic nursing practices in Cuba will give a perspective unattainable through any other venue. As President-Elect of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics, I am honored to have been selected to lead this delegation and invite you to join me in this unique opportunity.

This delegation will convene in Miami, Florida on March 20, 2017 at which time we will depart for Cuba. We will return to the United States on March 25, 2017. Delegates will participate in professional meetings and site visits each day; the interests and composition of the team will determine the final meetings and topics for discussion. Please click here for more information including the Goals of this trip and the Preliminary Schedule of Activities. For those non-nurses interested in sharing your experience in Cuba, a parallel program of activities will be developed for guests accompanying you on this enriching program.  Guests will experience the culture and lifestyle of Cuba, through interactions with the people of Havana. 

The estimated cost per delegation member is $4,895. This cost includes round-trip international air arrangements between Miami and Havana; group transportation, Cuban Visa and license to travel to Cuba for US Citizens; meeting planning, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, most meals, and essentially all other costs associated with participation. For accompanying guests, the estimated cost is $4,895 and also includes round-trip international air arrangements between Miami and Havana; Cuban Visa and license to travel to Cuba for US Citizens; group transportation, meetings, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, most meals, and essentially all other costs associated with participation. For U.S. citizens, expenses associated with this program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. 

Due to the extensive planning and communication involved in coordinating a program of this nature, you will be asked to respond with your intentions regarding this invitation as soon as possible with a final date of December 20, 2016. A $500 deposit is required to reserve your place on the team. If you have questions regarding the delegation, contact the Program Representative at Professionals Abroad, at 1-877-298-9677. For additional program details, to RSVP, or to recommend a colleague to be invited please visit 

I believe that this opportunity will be both personally and professionally rewarding and I am pleased to be involved in this exciting opportunity.   I encourage you strongly to consider participating in the International Society of Nurses in Genetics trip to Cuba. If you have any questions regarding the opportunity, please contact me at

Elizabeth L. Pestka, MS, PMHCNS-BC, AGN-BC
ISONG President


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 Jeanine Santelli at: if you have any questions. Visit

ANCC’s Certification Through Portfolio Video Tutorial

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:


New Book- Genomic Essentials for Graduate Level Nurses

Announcing the newly published book - "Genomic Essentials for Graduate Level Nurses." Congratulations to the ISONG members who contributed as editors and authors: Sheila A. Alexander, Yvette P. Conley, Jennifer R. Dungan, Julia Eggert, Dale H. Lea, Ann H. Maradiegue, Sarah Race, Debra L. Schutte, Diane C. Seibert, Kathleen Sparbel, Susan T. Tinley, Martha Turner and Karen L. Zanni.

Designed as both a nursing reference and course text, this book presents genetics and genomic essentials specifically for graduate-level nurses. Preliminary chapters cover the basics of genetics, risk assessment and genetic testing. With chapter contributions by topic experts, the remainder of the book is organized by disease system and covers genetics and genomics in prenatal care, neurology, cancer, respiratory function, cardiology, pharmacogenomics, hematology and others. Key chapters on ethical and legal issues and future technology are also included. This volume is well-suited for nursing faculty, nursing students, nurse leaders, and other nursing professionals with a need for further information on genetics and genomics in a nursing role and across a variety of specialties.

The book is currently available in digital form and will be and will be available in print soon. Click here for more information including the complete author listings. Click here to order the book.






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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