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A Roadmap for Global Acceleration of Genomics Integration Across Nursing

Anna and Chris are co-authors on this article, published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship

A Roadmap for Global Acceleration of Genomics Integration Across Nursing


1st May 2020


Purpose The changes needed to accelerate integration of genomics across nursing are complex, with significant challenges faced globally. Common themes lend themselves to a coordinated and collaborative strategic approach to sustained change. We aim to synthesize the outputs of a research program to present a roadmap for nursing leadership to guide integration of genomics across practice.

Design Mixed methods involving a purposive sample of global nursing leaders and nursing organizations in a sustained, highly interactive program.

Methods Experts in nursing, health care and healthcare services, policy, and leadership were recruited. Online surveys preceded a 3‐day residential meeting utilizing participatory methods and techniques to gain consensus on the essential elements of a roadmap to promote genomics integration.

Findings Twenty‐three leaders representing 19 countries and seven organizations participated overall. Data on the scope and status of nursing, genomics health care, and resources have been synthesized. Participants identified 117 facilitators to genomics integration across diverse sources. Barriers and priorities identified were mapped to the constructs of the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research. The roadmap is underpinned by a maturity matrix created by participants to guide and benchmark progress in genomics integration.

Conclusions Nurse leaders seeking to accelerate change can access practical guidance with the roadmap, underpinned by support through the Global Genomics Nursing Alliance and its strategic priorities.

Clinical Relevance Genomics is shaping the future of healthcare, but change is needed for integration across nursing. This practical roadmap, adaptable to local health systems and clinical and educational contexts, is relevant to nurse leaders aiming to accelerate change.

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Tonkin E, Calzone KA, Badzek L... Middleton A, Patch C, et al (2020) A Roadmap for Global Acceleration of Genomics Integration Across Nursing. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, vol. 52, issue 3, pp 329-338, May

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