Essentials of Medical Genetics for Nursing and Health Professionals: An Interprofessional Approach (2020)

Essentials of Medical Genetics for Nursing and Health Professionals: An Interprofessional Approach (2020)
1st Ed.
2020 © Jones & Bartlett Learning
Laura M. Gunder McClary, DHSc, MHE, PA-C
ISBN-13: 978-1-284-15424-5
eISBN-13: 978-1-284-15425-2
Genetics, Nursing


Essentials of Medical Genetics for Nursing and Other Health Professionals: An Interprofessional Approach is a concise introduction to genetics clinically applicable to nursing students as well as students in other healthcare professions. The text employs an accelerated approach to understanding the fundamentals of genetics, even those with limited knowledge of the topic will find this a beneficial resource.

The content is aligned to the ANA’s Essential Genetic and Genomic Competencies and begins with a review of DNA, RNA, protein synthesis, chromosomes, and inheritance patterns. In addition, it takes a clinical focus on specific diseases and groups of disease processes. Each disease chapter focuses on the molecular basis of the disease, the signs, and symptoms of the disease, surveillance recommendations, treatment options for the disease, and other disorders. Coverage of diagnostic techniques, embryology and teratogens, diagnostic techniques for genetic testing, prenatal screening, genetics counseling, and the ethical, legal, and social issues that surround human genetics and genomics are also included.

Features and Benefits

  • • Aligned to the ANA’s Essentials of Genetic and Genomic Competencies
  • • Diagnostic techniques for genetic testing
  • • Tables and figures which reinforce comprehension
  • • Interprofessional contributor list across several health specialties

Doody's Reviews

Score: 92/100
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This is an excellent foundational genetics book that is well designed to provide genetics knowledge and integrate it into clinical practice. It would be a great addition to any professional or allied health curriculum."

-- Amber Carriveau, DNP, FNP-BC (Michigan State University College of Nursing) Doody's Review


The intended audience is students and educators in all health disciplines as well as clinicians who need clinically focused, foundational genetics information. The design is in keeping with the intended audience and the book could easily be used as a course textbook or practice desk reference. The authors have practice and academic expertise and have compiled a group of contributors with both clinical and genetics expertise to cover the breadth of this subject.

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