Genomics is a term we hear mainly from Doctors or Specialists within the field. The study of an individuals genes is something which is imperative for the understanding and treatment of genetic conditions.
As a nurse, this is something we do not normally get involved with. A new article has been published by the Nursing Times, highlighting the importance of understanding genetics within nursing and how they want to embed this into standard Nursing practice.
We need to make sure every registered nurse and midwife feels comfortable understanding the basics of genomics
- – Janice Sigsworth
This process has already been put into practice in certain areas of nursing by specialists within the field, this has been filtered back to nursing staff showing some really good results. Regardless of the field of nursing you are in, genomics will play an imperative role.
I believe this a such a positive step for nurses across the board. Over the years nursing has altered immensely, giving nurses much more responsibly, education and clinical skills. Today within the profession, we are seeing nurses carrying out tasks historically only a Dr would be competent to do.
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Bid to embed genomics into mainstream nursing practice
The article from Nursing Times states that for the NHS to realise its ambition of integrating genomics into routine care, it will need the backing of its largest workforce, nurses. You can read it in full HERE.