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Genetics in nursing practice has moved beyond the study of genes and heredity and now includes genomics, which considers both genetic and environmental causes of diseases across the lifespan. The National Coalition of Health Professionals in Genetic Education (NCHPEG) developed core competence frameworks required of nurses in the area of genetics and genomics. This shift in nursing practice has potential implications for baccalaureate-prepared nurses to have the foundation in genetic and genomic knowledge and skills. Nursing research studies have shown that a link exists between self-efficacy and acquisition of competencies. These studies also suggest that enhancing nursing student’s self-efficacy can narrow the theory-practice gap. The Franklin University RN-BSN program is unique, in that it includes a separate course in Genetics in Nursing and Healthcare (NURS425) to address the need for genetics/genomics competency in nursing. Rachel Choudhury's poster presentation will include teaching-learning strategies used to promote development of the mentioned competencies. The presentation will provide an analysis of the influencing factors and processes by which the RN-BSN students develop genetics and genomics self-efficacy in their current practice arena. Finally, implications on course enrichment will be discussed.

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Beyond Codes: Translating Genetics to Nursing Practice

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