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Genetic and Genomic Nursing Education - GenoNurse

Tampere University of Applied Sciences
1.2.2022–31.1.2025

The main objective of the GenoNurse project is to create a model for European Genetic and Genomic Nursing Education and  educate nursing teachers and student to use the GenoNurse Model. Furthermore, education supports high quality of care in this  new and sensitive nursing area. To be able to create the GenoNurse Model, and raise awareness of genetic and genomic nursing  among nursing teachers, students and health care professionals, establishment of a GenoNurse Community is necessary.  Another aim  is to collaborative with national associative partners in the area of genomics which will  strengthen the integration of genetic and genomic nursing into nursing education, health care field and society.

Goal

The project of Genomic Literacy and Ethical Competence (GenoNurse) aims to fill nursing teachers and nursing students’ skill  gaps of  genomic nursing in partner universities, The primary context of the project is nursing education. The project of Genomic Literacy and Ethical Competence (GenoNurse) aims to fill nursing teachers and nursing students’ skill  gaps of  genomic nursing in partner universities. There are four attending partners and they all are higher education institutions.  
The whole topic of genomics is novel in Europe. According to the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine (ICPerMed), its member countries from European Union and beyond aim to develop their competence and business in the field of personalized medicine (PM). As a part of PM, research on genomics use in health care are rapidly leading to many scientific breakthroughs. The topic has been included in medical science in some extent, but not at all in nursing science. Nowadays, genomic data is already used in cancer  treatments and studied a lot in the context of public health to prevent chronical diseases, e.g. diabetes and coronary and heart diseases. Citizens are already buying commercial
genetic tests and they need counselling to be able to use their data. Future nurses need to be prepared to meet this new knowledge area. To be able to utilize genomics and genetic  information in health care, health care professionals’ competence needs development.  

In Europe there’s no agreed guidelines for genetic and genomic nursing competences to be utilized in nursing education. Genomics is part of personalized medicine and it is already  increasingly part of nurses’ job descriptions. Nurses need genetic and genomic literacy skills and ethical competence to provide counselling to patients with genetic condition and their  significant others. This will enable patients’ decision-making process based on evidence-based information. GenoNurse’s objective is to create a model for European Genetic and
Genomic Nursing Education. This will benefit both nursing education and professionals in practice. Furthermore, education supports high quality of care in this new and sensitive
nursing area. To be able to create the model, genomic nursing community is needed as well as course models to educate students and staff already in work life. Associative Partners  will participate closely in knowledge creation and pilot courses. Enhancing nursing teachers’ competence in this new area, future nurses’ competence need will also be met. This
enables for patients’ high quality of care and shared decision-making.
The whole topic of genomics is novel in Europe. According to the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine, its member countries from European Union and beyond aim to develop their competence and business in the field of personalized medicine (PM). As a part of PM, research on genomics use in health care are rapidly leading to many scientific breakthroughs. The topic has been included in medical science in some extent, but not at all in nursing science. Nowadays, genomic data is already used in cancer  treatments and studied a lot in the context of public health to prevent chronical diseases, e.g. diabetes and coronary and heart diseases. Citizens are already buying commercial genetic tests and they need counselling to be able to use their data. Future nurses need to be prepared to meet this new knowledge area. To be able to utilize genomics and genetic  information in health care, health care professionals’ competence needs development.  
In Europe there’s no agreed guidelines for genomic nursing competences to be utilized in nursing education. Genomics is part of personalized medicine and it is already  increasingly part of nurses’ job descriptions. Nurses need genomic literacy skills and ethical competence to provide counselling to patients with genetic condition and their  significant others. This will enable patients’ decision-making process based on evidence-based information. GenoNurse’s objective is to create a model for European Genomic Nursing Education. This will benefit both nursing education and professionals in practice. Furthermore, education supports high quality of care in this new and sensitive nursing area. To be able to create the model, genomic nursing community is needed as well as course models to educate students and staff already in work life. Associative Partners  will participate closely in knowledge creation and pilot courses. Enhancing nursing teachers’ competence in this new area, future nurses’ competence need will also be met. This enables for patients’ high quality of care and shared decision-making.

Funding source

Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnerships (CP) 2021-2027

Contact persons

Arja Halkoaho
arja.halkoaho [at] tuni.fi