Rutgers College of Nursing dean authors a book on genetics and how it affects nursing and health

NEWARK, N.J. Felissa R. Lashley, dean and professor at the College of Nursing at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has authored a book for nursing students, faculty and practicing nurses on genetics and how it affects nursing and health.

"Essentials of Clinical Genetics in Nursing Practice" is a 316-page book that delineates essential genetic knowledge for nurses by clinical specialty and nursing course. This is the first book of its kind and should promote inclusion of genetic content in nursing curricula and in individual health care service divisions.

"To provide the best nursing care it is essential that practitioners and students have a basic knowledge of genetics and how it affects the major areas of nursing practice," said Lashley, a West Orange, N.J. resident. "Genetic factors can cause disease or affect an individual's susceptibility and resistance to disease and even treatment."

The first part of the book, published by Springer Publishing Co., discusses the place of genetics in health care and the health care trends that are related to genetics. This is followed by a review of basic and molecular biology, a discussion of human variation and diversity, and gene action and types of inheritance.

The second part of the book applies these principles to nursing courses. Specific application of genetics and genomics in regard to pharmacology, history taking and physical assessment, maternal-child bearing, adult health and illness and medical-surgical nursing, psychiatric mental health nursing, and trends, policies, and social and ethical issues are discussed. The broad concepts are presented in a nursing context with selected real-life examples and case studies.

"Writing the book in this manner allows students to apply genetics throughout their nursing program and is an important step in preparing nurses early to think inclusively about genetics in all types of disease conditions and preserving opt

Contact: Miguel Tersy
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

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