International Society of Nurses in Genetics


ISONG launched a new webinar series in 2014. These webinars provide an opportunity to attend a cutting edge educational program in a convenient setting. ISONG is committed to providing affordable education as a value added benefit for our members. Webinars are available to view at your convenience and include Continuing Education Credits where noted.

University of Pittsburgh
School of Nursing

These learning activities have been developed in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Supporting a Future ISONG Webinar

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Past Supporters

The webinar: Breast Cancer Genetics Then and Now: Impact on Risk Assessment and Clinical Care was supported by an unrestricred educational grant from Myriad.

Upcoming Webinars

New ISONG Webinar!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT (New York)

Genetics and Implications of Metabolic Newborn
Screening for Nurses

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Webinars provided by ISONG offer valuable genomics-related content, delivered with credibility and authority to nurses interested in gaining low-cost, dedicated access to experts for an hour. ISONG takes careful preparation of matching the expertise of its webinar presenters with the needs of a global nursing audience, with applications to many varied diseased states. We also place importance on delivering vital education using text, verbal, and human interaction to optimize learning and allow for the ability to emphasize key points, theory, and facts for the learner.


This session will briefly address the history of newborn screening, including the philosophy and technology behind the expanded newborn screen and the general logistics of its implementation nationally. The focus of the presentation will be a discussion of actions to be taken following abnormal results using lecture and case-study format with particular emphasis on the metabolic disorders more rarely diagnosed and discussed (i.e. fatty acid oxidation, organic acidurias, enzyme deficiencies). This webinar will include the basic pathophysiology of metabolic and genetic disorders, signs and symptoms to monitor prior to newborn screen results, indications indicative of false versus true positives, and resources available to assist in making clinical decisions and informing families of results.

Who Should Attend?

Any nurse working in Genetics or Primary Care, particularly those working in the care of newborns or infants.


By the end of the webinar the attendees will be able to:

1.  Identify at least one source of information pertinent to the newborn screening program of the state or territory in which you practice.

2.   Differentiate between the distinct newborn screening disorder categories.

3.   Identify publicly available resources to assist in the nursing practice of triage and response
to abnormal newborn screens.


Sarah Viall, MSN, PPCNP-BC
Newborn Screening & Telegenetics Program Director
Division of Genetics and Metabolism
Children's National Health System
Washington, DC USA

Sarah Viall graduated from the Yale School of Nursing Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program in 2012. Since that time she has worked as the Newborn Screening Follow-up Director of the Rare Disease Institute at Children's National Health System in Washington, DC. There, she specializes in the follow-up of newborns and children with metabolic disorders detected by newborn screening.

The cost of the webinar is:

$25.00 for ISONG Members
$50.00 for Non-Members

Contact Hours

ISONG is collaborating with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing to provide this learning activity. Participants completing this activity will receive a maximum of one hour of continuing nursing education contact hours. The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Future webinars are being planned by the Education Committee in response to participant feedback and suggestions for topics of interest/need.

Past Webinars are offered to view at your convenience and offer Continuing Education Credits where noted.

Click on the titles under "Past Webinars" for more information about the webinar.

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Past Webinars

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Archived Webinars

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Pharmacogenetics and Your Clinical Practice
Presented by: Dennis J. Cheek, PhD, RN, FAHA

Family History in Clinical Practice
Presented by: 
Suzanne M. Mahon, RN, DNSc AOCN, APNG
Sue Nicholas, MSN, BSN, RNC-BC, WHNP-BC

Genetic Factors in Traumatic Brain Injury Outcomes
Presented by: Katie Edwards, RN

Cardiovascular Genetics: An Overview
Presented by: Lisa Shah, RN, MSN

Noninvasive Prenatal Screening Test: A New Screening Option for High Risk Pregnant Women
Presented by:
Tina Mladenka, DNP, APRN, CNP, WHNP- BC

Christina Murphey, PhD, RNC-OB

Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing - Is it Better for Patients?
Presented by: Professor Heather Skirton

Tailoring Nursing Assessment and Interventions to Provide Individualized Health Care
Presented by: Elizabeth L. Pestka, PMHCNS-BC, APNG