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.

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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:

  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.

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


ISONG Call for Abstracts is open February 27th to April 7th (5:00PM, EDT)

We 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 February 27th to April 7th (5:00PM, EDT). The submission deadline is firm, so please plan accordingly.

New to the Congress schedule, the “Poster Blitz” session will provide select poster presenters with the opportunity to orally present their work to Congress attendees. Select poster presenters will be allotted a
3-5 minute time slot to give a brief overview of their work in addition to presenting at the traditional poster session. Printed posters will also be on display throughout the congress.

We hope to see you November 6-8, 2015, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania so please mark your calendars!

Click here for the abstract submission link. We look forward to receiving your submission.

Sivia Barnoy
Nancy Downing
2015 Abstract Co-chairs


Job Postings

Genetic Counselor - Athens Regional Health System

It is the mission of Athens Regional Health System to improve the lives and health of those we touch. Achieving this mission is only possible by hiring the best qualified employees who are dedicated to the Guiding Principles of Athens Regional Health System and to providing top notch patient and customer care.
This position is for Athens Regional Health System in Athens, Georgia.

Summary: Provide genetic counseling, risk assessment, testing and referral for patients at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes. Provide referral for clinical follow-up as appropriate. Provide education for patients, family members, and the medical community. Ensure that components of education include: hereditary cancer syndromes, risks, screening, risk reduction strategies, and risks and benefits of genetic testing.

Skills: Ability to work with individuals across age, ability, and demographic variables. Strong interpersonal skills to work with the public and co-workers. Ability to refer appropriately. Ability to chart when appropriate.

Experience: 2 years experience a plus.

Credentials: Genetic Counseling Certification within 1 year of hire.

Education: Master’s degree.

40 hours - Monday thru Friday, 8:00am/4:30pm

For more information about Athens Regional Health System and to apply online, please visit

Project Director of UCLA Area Service Center for California Newborn Screening Program

Be a part of the CA Newborn Screening (NBS) Program administered by the Genetic Disease Screening Program (GDSP) and CA Department of Public Health by leading the UCLA Area Service Center (ASC) as the Project Director.  In this challenging role, the Project Director will manage the scope of work in the state contract for the assigned service area that includes nearly 40 perinatal facilities and 30 individual or small midwife groups in the counties of San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and the northern half of Los Angeles County.

This multi-faceted role is essential to sustain excellence in the successful and renowned Newborn Screening Program.  Primary responsibilities include: preparation and submission of state reports on NBS activities; planning and maintaining the program budget;  providing supervision of the ASC team by training them on new procedures related to program changes and providing technical consultation to NBS providers and health care professionals on the program's guidelines and practices.  The Project Director will plan various activities such as, implementation of electronic health record interface, program expansion to include screening for new disorders, etc. 

This role requires work experience that includes a minimum of 2 years in pediatrics, maternal child health, neonatal or public health or 2 years of work experience as a full time coordinator in the CA NBS Program; and a minimum of 2 years in program planning, administration, supervision, and development or implementation of educational programs.  Qualifications also include: Bachelor's degree in Nursing and a master's degree in a health related field. Active and valid CA license to practice nursing. Working knowledge of genetics, endocrine and hemoglobin disorders, cystic fibrosis or severe combined immunodeficiency; or public health programs.  Expert working knowledge of Windows 7 and Office Suite.  Ability to travel to site visits or State meetings in Richmond, CA with overnight stay as needed. Join us in making a difference in the lives of newborns in CA.

Click here for the complete requirements and offerings for this position. For more information, visit or contact Robin Clayton at Apply directly at:

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant University of Pittsburgh Physicians

If you are an Advanced Practice Provider who loves an upbeat environment, working hands on with patients and their families, then why not consider a job at UPMC? University of Pittsburgh Physicians is hiring a full-time Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant to support the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics, for its Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC location to perform clinical trial studies and clinical services. The position will work Monday through Friday, 8-hour shifts, and will be based out of the Lawrenceville area of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit and knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span
  • Successful completion of an approved nurse practitioner program is required
  • BSN, MSN is preferred
  • Professional nursing experience and/or nurse practitioner experience is preferred
  • Pediatric, adult, and/or genetic experience is highly preferred

UPMC is now offering an advanced practice provider (APP) career ladder for experienced candidates and staff members! UPMC offers a variety of benefit options designed to provide personal security, convenience, and assistance to you and your family. We welcome you to view the complete job description and apply today at:

Nurse Practitioner Position

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a world-renowned institution that is recognized as one of the best places to work in the nation. As a premier center for research and treatment of childhood catastrophic diseases, we employ a diverse team of scientific and healthcare professionals dedicated to the promise of hope. Children from all 50 states and from around the world have come through the doors of St. Jude for treatment, and thousands more have benefited from our research.

Under supervision of the attending physician, works collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Provides care mainly in the outpatient setting but may be called upon to see patients on the inpatient service. Works with genetic counselors to coordinate clinical management of children and families with increased genetic risk for cancer. Collects documents and analyzes patient data; coordinates patient care with other specialists; provides follow-up to referring physicians. The Nurse Practitioner will participate in designing and carrying out clinical research projects related to cancer predisposition, educating medical professionals about cancer genetics, orienting and teaching students and new staff members.

Click here for the pdf with the complete description and contact information for this opportunity. To apply online, visit:


Genetics ARNP Position

Memorial Regional Hospital is the flagship facility of Memorial Healthcare System -- one of the 'Best Places to Work in Healthcare' (Modern Healthcare Magazine). With over 700 beds, the hospital is one of the largest in Florida, with a distinguished reputation for advanced medicine and technology and high-quality health care services.We are a leader in cardiovascular care in South Florida and beyond, and have been recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the top 100 cardiovascular programs in the country. In this key role, you will provide primary or acute health care services for certain acuteor chronic health conditions for the cancer institute population.


  • Obtain patient history and perform assessment via observation, interview and examination.
  • Order, perform and interpret diagnostic studies
  • Perform preventative health assessment, screening and immunizations and care.


  • Master's degree in Nursing
  • Graduate of an accredited Nurse Practitioner program with oncology specialization
  • Current ARNP Florida state licensure
  • Critical thinking skills and decisive judgment along with the ability to work with minimal supervision a must

Click here for the pdf with the complete description and contact information for this opportunity. Apply online now at:

Postdoctoral Associate Position

National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH/NINR) (R01NR013520): Intergenerational Impact of Genetic and Psychological Factors on Blood Pressure

Job Description: Postdoctoral Associate (Full-time/40 hours per week) will be responsible for overseeing data entry for all aspects of the project; developing and managing databases; assisting with participant recruitment and retention; data collection; maintaining study participant tracking database; conducting scientific literature reviews; conducting statistical data analyses; reporting study data/findings to multiple stakeholders (e.g., teachers, community advisory board); and presenting study findings at professional conferences and assisting with writing and publishing scientific papers.

The associate will spend 50% time in the Yale School of Nursing with Dr. Jacquelyn Taylor and 50% in the Division of Prevention and Community Research, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine with Dr. Cindy Crusto.

Click here for the pdf with the complete description and contact information for this opportunity.

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Genetics Educational Programs

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Genetics Education Program for Nurses.
Programs available to help nurses meet the challenge of genomics based health care.

Click here for more information on these programs and to register. Nursing contact hours are available.

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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 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.

For Members Only Information including Job Opportunities and Educational Programs click here.


Join Now!!

Like Us - Try Us! Experience the Benefits of ISONG Membership

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 Directory

Membership Directory - gain access to the directory by clicking Membership Directory

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)