Genetics & Genomics

Standards of Practice: Applying Genetics and Genomics Resources to Oncology

Alice S. Kerber

Nancy J. Ledbetter

genetics, genomics, hereditary cancer syndromes, scope and standards of practice
CJON 2017, 21(2), 169-173. DOI: 10.1188/17.CJON.169-173

Knowledge about genetics and genomics and its application to oncology care is rapidly expanding and evolving. As a result, oncology nurses at all levels must develop and maintain their knowledge of genetics and genomics, as well as be aware of resources to guide practice. This article focuses on implementation of the standards described in the updated Genetics/Genomics Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice by the basic practitioner.


  • Genetics and genomics should be considered an integral part of oncology nursing practice.
  • Genetic nursing standards are applicable to specific nursing situations.
  • Nurses should identify resources for guidance in referring patients for genetic evaluation and testing.
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