Current research in genetics has led to discoveries of the genetic aspects of many diseases, drugs, and cancer therapies, as well as prenatal and genomic disease testing. Therefore, a rudimentary understanding of genetic concepts, especially within the context of disease processes is essential for twenty-first century nursing practice. For example, recognition of potential genetic disorders may improve patient intake skills as well as the ability of a nurse to provide accurate biological knowledge to educate patients and their families. This research project explores the genetic literacy of nursing students admitted to a Bachelor of Science nursing program taking a 300-level pathophysiology course taught with a genetics-focused curriculum. The goal of this project is identify common misconceptions and to then create effective assessments in order to improve the nursing curriculum, as well as promote alignment of nursing education with Vision and Change guidelines. This poster presents results of the second year of this project.
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