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Nurses deem their genetics knowledge 'poor'

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Nurses view their knowledge on genetic conditions to be “generally poor”, a study by Plymouth University has found.

Nurses view their knowledge on genetic conditions to be “generally poor”, a study by Plymouth University has found.

Researchers carried out a systematic review of 13 research papers on nurses’ perceived competency in dealing with patients with genetic conditions.

The authors said: “Although the majority of participants believed genetics was relevant to their role, their knowledge of genetic concepts was generally poor.”

They add: “There is little evidence on this topic, but it does appear from the available evidence that nurses are not demonstrating the competences needed to offer holistic health care to people with genetic conditions.

Pre- and post-registration programmes must be enhanced to include genetic health care.”

 

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  • Perhaps if nurses needed Biology at GCSE and or A level then this wouldn't happen.

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