Perceived knowledge and clinical comfort with genetics among taiwanese nurses enrolled in a RN-to-BSN program

Chiu Yueh Hsiao, Shu Hsin Lee, Suh Jen Chen, Shu Chin Lin*

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Abstract

Background: Advances in genetics have had a profound impact on health care. Yet, many nurses, as well as other health care providers, have limited genetic knowledge and feel uncomfortable integrating genetics into their practice. Very little is known about perceived genetic knowledge and clinical comfort among Taiwanese nurses enrolled in a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Objectives: To examine perceived knowledge and clinical comfort with genetics among Taiwanese nurses enrolled in a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and to assess how genetics has been integrated into their past and current nursing programs. The study also sought to examine correlations among perceived knowledge, integration of genetics into the nursing curriculum, and clinical comfort with genetics. Design: A descriptive, cross-sectional study. Settings: Taiwanese nurses enrolled in a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program were recruited. Methods: A total of 190 of 220 nurses returned the completed survey (86.36% response rate). Descriptive statistics and the Pearson product-moment correlation were used for data analysis. Results: Most nurses indicated limited perceived knowledge and clinical comfort with genetics. Curricular hours focused on genetics in a current nursing program were greater than those in past nursing programs. The use of genetic materials, attendance at genetic workshops and conferences, and clinically relevant genetics in nursing practice significantly related with perceived knowledge and clinical comfort with genetics. However, there were no correlations between prior genetic-based health care, perceived knowledge, and clinical comfort with genetics. Conclusions: This study demonstrated the need for emphasizing genetic education and practice to ensure health-related professionals become knowledgeable about genetic information. Given the rapidly developing genetic revolution, nurses and other health care providers need to utilize genetic discoveries to optimize health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)802-807
Number of pages6
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume33
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 08 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Clinical comfort
  • Genetic knowledge
  • Nurse

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