CHHS Nursing Director Serves on Scientific Committee to Further Global Effort to Transform Genomic Healthcare

CHHS Nursing Director Serves on Scientific Committee to Further Global Effort to Transform Genomic Healthcare

School of Nursing Director Laurie Badzek was one of six participants from the U.S. and UK who served on the scientific committee and summit planners. They engaged 24 participants representing nurses and patients worldwide to discuss and further a global effort to transform nursing policy, practice, education and research related to genomic healthcare.

Representatives of 18 countries and six organizations, including the International Council of Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International and the International Society of Nurses in Genetics, met in January on the Genome Campus of Wellcome Trust, Cambridge, UK.

Core areas for action embraced by the participants included improvements to nursing education and workforce development, global communication and development of leaders to transform healthcare with genomic policy initiatives.

Participants unanimously supported the creation of a Global Genomic Nursing Alliance (G2NA) as the best approach to further helping nurses in the use of genomic science to improve patient outcomes.

Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH and Health Education England provided funding for the summit.