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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165313
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
GENETICS KNOWLEDGE AMONG ONCOLOGY NURSES
Author(s):
Workman, M. Linda
Author Details:
M. Linda Workman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Abstract:
Advances in genetics confirm genetic predisposition for diverse health problems. Nurses at every level will be involved with the study or care of individuals/families with genetic disorders, genetic predispositions, or who are undergoing genetic testing. Unfortunately, nursing literature exposes the absence of genetics content in BSN and MSN curricula nation-wide. Nursing programs lack faculty with sufficient expertise to incorporate substantial genetics content into basic and graduate nursing education or to use genetics information in nursing research. The purpose of this project was to determine level of genetics knowledge among oncology nurses. This project used an educational framework to assess the extent/depth of genetics knowledge within a nursing specialty. Subjects: Subjects were 812 members of the Oncology Nursing Society who attended a national conference. Most subjects had 10 years or more experience in oncology nursing. All levels of nursing education were represented. Method: A 20 item genetics knowledge survey was developed by genetic and oncology experts. Ten items represented general genetics content and ten items were specific for cancer genetics content. Content validity for the survey items was established during the development process. Items varied in degree of difficulty from 0.87 to 0.09. Guessing was discouraged by the use of "don't know/not sure" as a response choice for all items. No single item was answered correctly by all participants. Correct responses for the 20 items ranged from 5.3% (42/812) to 87.6% (689/812). The survey's overall degree of difficulty was 45% and the discrimination index was 0.65. Only three items had the correct answer selected by at least 70% of the participants. MSN prepared nurses had slightly higher scores for cancer genetics knowledge. General genetic knowledge scores did not correlate with advanced degrees or years of nursing experience. Oncology nurses at all levels of education and practice have deficits in basic and cancer genetic knowledge. Such deficits should be corrected to improve practice and use genetic testing or genetic counseling in nursing research.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2005
Conference Name:
30th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Orlando, Florida, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleGENETICS KNOWLEDGE AMONG ONCOLOGY NURSESen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWorkman, M. Lindaen_US
dc.author.detailsM. Linda Workman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USAen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165313-
dc.description.abstractAdvances in genetics confirm genetic predisposition for diverse health problems. Nurses at every level will be involved with the study or care of individuals/families with genetic disorders, genetic predispositions, or who are undergoing genetic testing. Unfortunately, nursing literature exposes the absence of genetics content in BSN and MSN curricula nation-wide. Nursing programs lack faculty with sufficient expertise to incorporate substantial genetics content into basic and graduate nursing education or to use genetics information in nursing research. The purpose of this project was to determine level of genetics knowledge among oncology nurses. This project used an educational framework to assess the extent/depth of genetics knowledge within a nursing specialty. Subjects: Subjects were 812 members of the Oncology Nursing Society who attended a national conference. Most subjects had 10 years or more experience in oncology nursing. All levels of nursing education were represented. Method: A 20 item genetics knowledge survey was developed by genetic and oncology experts. Ten items represented general genetics content and ten items were specific for cancer genetics content. Content validity for the survey items was established during the development process. Items varied in degree of difficulty from 0.87 to 0.09. Guessing was discouraged by the use of "don't know/not sure" as a response choice for all items. No single item was answered correctly by all participants. Correct responses for the 20 items ranged from 5.3% (42/812) to 87.6% (689/812). The survey's overall degree of difficulty was 45% and the discrimination index was 0.65. Only three items had the correct answer selected by at least 70% of the participants. MSN prepared nurses had slightly higher scores for cancer genetics knowledge. General genetic knowledge scores did not correlate with advanced degrees or years of nursing experience. Oncology nurses at all levels of education and practice have deficits in basic and cancer genetic knowledge. Such deficits should be corrected to improve practice and use genetic testing or genetic counseling in nursing research.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:16:17Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:16:17Z-
dc.conference.date2005en_US
dc.conference.name30th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationOrlando, Florida, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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