The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Genetics Program for Nursing Faculty (GPNF) was a multifaceted genetics educational program for nursing faculty. Development, testing, implementation and evaluation of the GPNF was made possible through funding from the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research Program of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The GPNF (1996 - 2003) highly acclaimed offerings consisted of:

  • Seven annual on-site Genetics Summer Institutes (GSIs) (1997 - 2003)
  • Web-Based Genetics Institute (WBGI) (2002 - present)
  • Participant follow-up, educational support, and networking opportunities (1997 - 2003)
  • A two-day genetics update workshop offered every two years (1999 - 2003)

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Genetics Education Program for Nurses (GEPN) was created in 2003 when the target audience was expanded to include nurses in clinical settings. Again, with funding from the ELSI research program of NHGRI at NIH and the Division of Nursing within BHPr at HRSA, five web-based, independent self-paced genetics modules were developed, expert reviewed, tested, offered and evaluated. The WBGI and the self-paced modules are sustained and updated through the collection of registration fees. Multi-media presentations created by GEPN for the WBGI or the Independent Self-Paced Genetics Modules are provided for free.

The GEPN created the Nursing Curriculum Genetics modules in response to GSI and WBGI participants’ repeated request for instructional resources to help them add genetics content to their curricula. The GEPN also created the Applying Genomics in Nursing Practice 5 week teacher facilitated offering based on recommendations by past WBGI participants.