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.

Upcoming ISONG Events

April 23 - Webinar, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Genomics Programs and Opportunities, 11:00am - 12:15pm (EDT)

November 7-9 - 2014 ISONG World Congress on Nursing and Genomics, Scottsdale, Arizona USA

Other Educational Resources - Link

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:

  1. Provide a forum for education and support for nurses providing genetic- and genomics-based healthcare.

  2. Promote the integration of genetics and genomic into the delivery of nursing care, and the engagement of the nursing profession in the delivery of genomics-based healthcare services.

  3. Lead in the integration of established nursing competencies in genetics and genomics into all levels of nursing education, practice, and research.

  4. Provide leadership in the development of standards of practice for nurses in human genetics and genomics.

  5. Contribute to the development of public policy in the areas of genetics and genomics healthcare.

  6. Lead in the generation and dissemination of the evidence base for genetics and genomics in nursing.

  7. Provide a forum for professional, transdisciplinary, and public dialogue, communication, and networking.
  8. Promote interprofessional collaboration in the care of people, families, and communities at risk for genetic conditions.
  9. Serve as a source of expertise on genetic and genomic nursing for nurses, other healthcare professionals, lay support groups and the public.

Meet Our Members

Meet our ISONG Member, Maria Adamian PhD (c), MBA, ACNP-BC, CRNA. Dr. Adamian recently co-authored an article, "An Overview of Epigenetics in Nursing", with Ashley Erin Clark, MSN, RN, and Jacquelyn Y. Taylor, PhD, PNP-BC, RN. She co-authored this article mainly because many professionals are unaware of epigenetics and the relevance to different specialties. It is a broad overview with great sites attached.

Dr. Adamian's interest in epigenetics relates to pain and pharmacogenetics related to pain. Currently, she is a Doctoral candidate at Seton Hall University School of Health Sciences, South Orange, New Jersey and also a practicing Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Additionally, she teaches research for graduate students at Felician College, Lodi, New Jersey.

Click here for Maria's CV..

ISONG Upcoming Events

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ISONG Announcements and Genetic News

ISONG Biobanking Position Statement

The ISONG Position paper on Biobanking has been approved by the ISONG Board of Directors as a clear and thoughtful statement on an important issue. Thanks to Esma Paljevic, Karen Zanni (co-chairs) and all members of the Ethical Issues and Public Policy Committee who contributed to this excellent work.
Click here for position statement.

ANCC is seeking ISONG members

ANCC is seeking ISONG members who are interested in becoming a Panelist, Serve on a Committee, or as an Appraiser. Click here for details.

Genetic Credentialing Announcement

The Genetic Nurses Credentialing Commission (GNCC) and the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) are thrilled to announce that the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) will be assuming the role of credentialing genetic nurses. The GNCC process will end effective December 2013 with the ANCC process becoming effective in late 2014. All currently credentialed nurses will remain fully credentialed through the expiration date on their credential. ISONG members will be integral in maintaining the standards of genetic nurse credentialing by working directly with ANCC through the current transition and ongoing review of the genetic nurse credentialing processes. Thank you to all of the volunteers and members of GNCC and ISONG who created and maintained our unique portfolio process which has since become the model for other specialty credentials.

Jeanine Seguin Santelli, PhD, ANP-C/GNP-C
Professor and Chair of Nursing
Nazareth College


Why Nurses Are Getting Genomics Training

imgBy Christie Rizk @New York Genome Center
April 3, 2013

An interview with our ISONG president and a former ISONG president and researcher at NIH.
Read Article...

Genetic Alliance Launches New Web Resource
for the Public Offers In-Depth Information on Genetics Services
and Access to Experts

NEWS RELEASE: New Educational Resource Prepares Clinician For Genomic Medicine -- View Press Release (PDF)
(May 22, 2013)


Member Benefits

ISONG offers members opportunities for education, leadership, exchange and socialization.  Members receive the latest reference on genetics delivered via e communications, the ISONG newsletter, 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.


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Membership Directory Genetics Links

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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

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)