ANCC Certification on hold
On October 11th ISONG received notification that the The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) will no longer offer the certification though portfolio.
ISONG is seeking to secure an extension and will send notifications of any further results and updates.
If you have any questions please contact ISONG at 412-344-1414.
What is a
A genetics nurse is a licensed professional nurse with special education and training in genetics. Genetics nurses help people at risk for or affected by diseases with a genetic component achieve and maintain health. Many common diseases are now known to have a genetic component including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimers.
Genetics nurses perform risk assessment, analyze the genetic contribution to disease risk, and discuss the impact of risk on health care management for individuals and families. They also provide genetics education, provide nursing care to patients and families and conduct research in genetics.
Nurses In Genetics Work With Patients And Their Families In Many Settings
- specialty clinics where gene-based diagnoses and therapies are offered
- prenatal and reproductive technology centers
- cancer centers
- primary health care settings
- pediatric clinics
- industrial health
- school health
- research centers
- biotech and insurance industries
Who Could Benefit From Genetics Nursing?
- individuals and families with
known hereditary conditions or diseases thought to have a
Examples: Alzheimer's disease,
cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes,
Down syndrome, hemophilia,
Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s
disease, Sickle Cell disease
- anyone who is considering
- individuals and couples who
are concerned with issues
related to pregnancy, such as
birth defects, transmission of
genetic conditions, or effect of
pregnancy on existing genetic
- couples who have had multiple miscarriages
- couples who are related, such
as first cousins
- healthcare providers who seek genetics consultations for their
What Can Genetics Nurses Do For You?
- obtain a detailed family
history and construct a
pedigree (family history
- assess and analyze
hereditary and nonhereditary
disease risk factors
- identify potential genetic conditions or genetic
predisposition to disease
- provide genetic information
and psychosocial support to
individuals and families
- provide nursing care for patients and families at risk for or affected by diseases
with a genetic component
- provide genetic counseling
(Advanced Practice Nurses)
- facilitate genetic testing and interpret genetic test results and laboratory reports
(Advanced Practice Nurses)
Genetics Nurse ISONG Brochure
Download our Brochure WHAT IS A GENETICS NURSE? (PDF)
Please feel free to use it to educate others about genetics nursing and its benefits to all.
National Society of Genetic Counselors -- the leading voice, authority, and advocate for the genetic counseling profession. Discover the genetic counseling profession and its guiding principles. For more information, visit http://www.nsgc.org
Genetics & Nursing
National Genetics Education and Development Centre -- a site for learners and educators about what is important to know and the activities to be undertaken in clinical practice. Includes factsheets, videos, powerpoint presentations, telling stories and case scenarios. Visit http://www.geneticseducation.nhs.uk/.
Essential Genetic and Genomic Competencies for Nurses With Graduate Degrees, co-published by the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG), is now available on the American Nurses Association website here. For background information on this document and how it was developed click here
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