International Society of Nurses in Genetics

Welcome to ISONG

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.

We encourage unlimited reproduction for educational purposes with appropriate acknowledgement of the author and source. Unless otherwise indicated, all original documents in this site are copyrighted by ISONG.

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 Congress Early Registration Discount ends on June 1 - Register now and save!

Join us for the ISONG 2016 World Congress and register before June 1 to save. Click on the Congress Tab for the program, venue and to register. Join us for this exceptional educational and networking opportunity. "Go n-éirí an bóthar leat." We look forward to seeing you in the land of shamrocks!


Call for Nominations

ISONG is currently looking to its membership to fill posts on the Board of Directors. This is an excellent opportunity to serve your professional organization in a significant way.  If you are not self-nominating, perhaps you can recommend a colleague who is qualified to take a leadership position in ISONG.

Participation on the ISONG Board of Directors is available to “Full” members in good standing, with the exception of the newly created Student Representative position.  Associate and retired members are not eligible to hold Board positions. Eligibility and interest of nominees will be verified by the Nominations Committee.  Nominees will be asked to submit a personal statement of interest and qualifications along with a brief CV or resume. There are four (4) positions open for 2016-2017 election:

1. President-Elect

2. Treasurer

3. Member-at-Large

4. Student Representative

Click here for the complete call for nominations description. Click here for the Nomination Form.

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Sheila Alexander at, chair of the Nominating Committee.

The Nomination Deadline is May 27, 2016.


2016 Founders' Awards Nominations

We invite nominations for the 2016 ISONG Founders’ Awards. The purpose of these awards is to honor ISONG members who have demonstrated excellence in genomic nursing practice, education or research. The ISONG Founders' Awards were established in 1996 during the transition between the presidencies of Shirley Jones and Janet Williams. 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.

Up to three Founders Awards may be presented each year, in Practice, Education and Research. The three fields reflect the vision of ISONG to advance genomic nursing practice, education and research worldwide.  The Awards are presented at the ISONG Annual Congress, which will be held this year in Dublin, Ireland, August 4-6, 2016.

Click here for the complete call.

The Nomination deadline is June 25, 2016


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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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)