Misconceptions About Genomics Among Nursing Faculty and Students

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A comparison of 2 research studies revealed that nursing faculty and students share limited understanding and specific misconceptions about foundational genomic concepts. Mean scores on the Genomic Nursing Concept Inventory were 48% for faculty and 42% for students. Identifying misconceptions is important when designing educational strategies for students who will inevitably care for patients with genomic concerns. Common clinical scenarios requiring accurate interpretation of genomic terminology, gene function and expression, and genetic counseling principles are presented.

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