Developing Networks and an Engagement Framework to Advance Genetics and Genomics Nursing Practice in Canada

Lay Summary 

Twenty percent of diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, and covid-19) have a known genetic link. Genetic
discoveries are influencing routine treatment, screening recommendations, lifestyle education and
patient outcomes. Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) has an international reputation for genetic research,
and its citizens are engaging in genetic testing. Nurses in NL and throughout Canada require knowledge
of genetics and genomics (GG) to provide safe care. As nurses are the most trusted healthcare providers, and practice in all health
sectors, they are poised to bring the benefits of precision healthcare to patients and address ethical
issues in genomics- the study of genes. For this to happen, more nursing research is needed and nurses
in academic and practice settings must be taught how to apply GG to their practice.
Recognizing that Canadian nurses are lagging in GG when compared to other developed countries, the
Canadian Nurses and Genomics (CNG) Steering Group was formed. The CNG are building on previous research and
international initiatives to accelerate nurses' integration of GG in practice (point of care, education,
administration, research and policy), and to support inter-professional collaboration. This project
will build collaborations to develop an engagement framework for nurses that supports genomic literacy.
The project objectives are :
1. To foster collaborations between the CNG and key stakeholders. (i.e. Canadian Nurses' Association,
Genome Canada, Provincial Nursing Regulatory Bodies, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, the
Global Genomics Nursing Alliance (G2NA), and nurses).
2.To support the CNG to engage key stakeholders to develop an engagement framework to guide GG
nursing practice in Canada.
3. To create an engagement framework to guide nursing research, education and practice in GG.

Faculty of Education
Public Engagement Catalyst Funding
Newfoundland and Labrador
Start date 
15 Apr 2021
End date 
15 Apr 2022