Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2022

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Dr. Trina Larery

Second Advisor

Dr. Ashleigh Heter

Third Advisor

Dr. Kevin Elliott


The Essential Nursing Competencies and Curricula Guidelines for Genetics and Genomics were published in 2006. These guidelines define the minimal competency in genetics expected of all nurses regardless of role, specialty, or level of education. However, research indicates that nurses lack knowledge and confidence in their role in genetics/genomics.

This quality improvement project aimed to assess barriers and facilitators of genetics/genomics integration into nursing. This study followed a cross-sectional design emphasizing a representative subset of the nursing practicing community at the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks. Participants were invited to complete the Genetics and Genomics in Nursing Practice Survey (GGNPS). This approach was chosen to gain insight into participants’ attitudes, competence, receptivity, adoption, confidence, and social systems and their impact on genetics/genomics in nursing practice.

Included in

Nursing Commons