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Pairing pedagogical and genomic advances to prepare advanced practice nurses for the era of precision health

Authors
  • Flowers, Elena
  • Martin, Margaret
  • Abid, Hamza
  • Binford, Sasha
  • Mackin, Lynda
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMC Medical Education
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Apr 23, 2019
Volume
19
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s12909-019-1542-x
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

BackgroundBroadly accessible curriculum that equips Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) with knowledge and skills to apply genomics in practice in the era of precision health is needed. Increased accessibility of genomics courses and updated curriculum will prepare APNs to be leaders in the precision health initiative.MethodsCourses on genomics were redesigned using contemporary pedagogical approaches to online teaching. Content was based on the Essential Genetic and Genomic Competencies for Nurses with Graduate Degrees.ResultsThe number of students enrolled (n = 10) was comparable to previous years with greater breadth of representation across nursing practice specialty areas (53% vs. 20%). Prior to the first course, students reported agreement with meeting 8% (3/38) of the competencies. By completion of the 3rd course, students reported 100% (38/38) agreement with meeting the competencies.ConclusionsContent on genomics sufficient to obtain self-perceived attainment of genomics competencies can be successfully delivered using contemporary pedagogical teaching approaches.

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