Genetic Education Program

  • Applying Genomics in Nursing Practice

    Applying Genomics in Nursing Practice (AGNP) is a course hosted by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and taught using an asynchronous teacher facilitated learning format. Blackboard, through the University of Cincinnati, provides the platform for accessing assignments, participating in group discussions and communicating with the instructor. The AGNP spans five weeks.

    Participants should plan to spend four to six hours each week to complete assignments. These assignments will involve readings, independent learning activities, and online discussions. Assignments are designed to give participants plenty of practice at using genomics in clinical practice situations.

    Registration for the upcoming sessions is open. Sessions are:

    • Sept. 19 – Oct. 24, 2014; orientation begins Sept. 15
    • March 9 – April 17, 2015
    • May 18 – June 26, 2015
    • Sept. 14 – Oct. 23, 2015

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    + Target Audience

    Applying Genomics in Nursing Practice was designed for nurses interested in:

    • A brief overview of inheritance patterns,
    • How to collect family medical histories
    • How to construct pedigrees (sometimes referred to as genograms)
    • How to use pedigrees to improve a person’s / family’s health .

    Class size is limited to 25 registrants.

    + Fees / Costs

    March 9 – April 17, 2015 – $500
    May 18 – June 26, 2015 – $500
    Sept.14 – Oct. 23, 2015 – $500

    + Accreditation

    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (OH-046 / 9-1-2015) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

    + Disclosures

    The presenters have declared no conflict of interest related to this program. There is no commercial support or sponsorship for this program.

    + Instructor

    Carol Hetteberg, MSN, RN
    Education Specialist, Division of Human Genetics,
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Carol has taught / facilitated the CCHMC’s Web-based Genetics Institute and the Applying Genomics in Nursing Practice online courses since their inception in 2002 and 2008 respectively. She has experience with online course development and testing. Carol was a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing for 8 years. She has been involved in teaching genetics in clinical and didactic nursing courses for more than 15 years. Teaching genetics to nurses has become a passion for Carol.

    + Objectives

    • To review common genetic terms
    • Identify the relevance of genetics and genomics to nursing practice
    • Recognize pedigree symbols and biologic relationships in pedigrees
    • Identify patterns of inheritance displayed in pedigrees
    • Demonstrate ability to elicit a minimum of three-generation family health history information
    • Construct a pedigree from collected family history information using standardized symbols and terminology
    • Recognize factors that influence the interpretation of patterns of inheritance in a pedigree
    • Identify clients who may benefit from specific genetic and genomic information and/or services based on assessment data
    • Identify credible, accurate, appropriate, and current genetic and genomic information, resources, services, and / or technologies specific to given clients
    • Facilitate referrals for specialized genetic and genomic services for clients as needed

    + Schedule

    The schedule for Applying Genomics in Nursing Practice is as follows:

    • Week 1: Relevance of Genetics / Genomics and Genetic Terminology
    • Week 2: Pedigrees and Patterns of Inheritance
    • Week 3: Family History and Pedigree Construction
    • Week 4: Factors that Influence Pedigree Interpretation and Identification of At-Risk Clients
    • Week 5: Resources and Referral

    + Contact Hours

    32 nursing contact hours will be awarded to nurses who participate in an entire course and complete all required assignments and evaluations. Specifically, criteria for successful completion of the Applying Genomics to Nursing Practice include:

    • Complete all independent learning assignments
    • Participate in all required online discussion activities
    • Complete all course evaluations
    • Complete a self-evaluation of your own learning experience

    + Participants’ Comments

    Content & Learning Experience:

    “This is a great course to introduce you to how to begin to integrate genetics and genomics into nursing practice.”

    “A concise, densely packed course allowing health professionals to survey the landscape of genomics utilizing activities that are fun, relevant and designed to spark more interest in the subject.”

    “An excellent overview of the basics of inheritance and the role of the nurse as case finder and referral agent”

    “Good course to help reduce ‘fear’ of genetics. Has applicability to any area of practice.”

    “The course is very practical and down to earth, meaning that we apply genetic knowledge to everyday cases and also the resources are very useful and accessible.”

    Online Learning:

    “It was user friendly and a good way to learn as long as you are disciplined and open to doing a course on-line.  I still probably prefer a class, but that isn’t feasible for me right now, so I would say it is a good alternative.”

    “…an excellent way to learn and earn contact hours.  I have already recommended this course to others.”

    “This web-based format with interactive self-learning modules/sessions and multiple resources helped to apply concepts to any area of nursing practice.”

    + Refund Policy

    The following is our policy for refunding the registration fee if a participant must withdraw from the Applying Genomics in Nursing Practice:

    • Withdrawal during Week 1 - 50% of registration fee refunded
    • Withdrawal during Week 2 - Week 5 No refund

    (Participants who must withdraw may register for the next scheduled Applying Genomics to Nursing Practice at no additional cost. This offer only applies to the session immediately following the one that was dropped. However, the Genetics Education Program for Nurses cannot guarantee the availability of a subsequent AGNP.)

    + Minimum Computing Requirements

    To participate in Applying Genomics in Nursing Practice, offered through the Genetics Education Program for Nurses at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, participants’ computers must meet specific requirements:

    • Computer of 120 MHZ Intel Pentium processor 64 MB of RAM 
    • At least a modem: 56 kbps (Network card and broadband or high speed internet connection is preferred) 
    • Sound card: 16 bit card and speakers 
    • 65,000 color video display card 
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    • Email access 
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