Essentials of Clinical Genetics in Nursing Practice

Essentials of Clinical Genetics in Nursing Practice
2nd Ed.
2016 © Springer Publishing Company, LLC
Christine E. Kasper PhD, RN, FAAN, FACSM; Felissa R. Lashley PhD, RN, FABMGG; Tonya A. Schneidereith PhD, CRNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-AC
ISBN-13: 978-0-8261-2912-3
eISBN-13: 978-0-8261-2913-0
Nursing, Basic Sciences, Genetics


Completely updated to help nurses learn to “think genetically”

Today’s nurses must be able to “think genetically“ to help individuals and families who are affected by genetic disease or contemplating genetic testing. This book is a classic resource for nursing students and practitioners at all levels who need to acquire the knowledge and skills for using genomics in their practice. This completely updated second edition encompasses the many recent advances in genetic research and knowledge, providing essential new information on the science, technology, and clinical application of genomics. It focuses on the provision of individualized patient care based on personal genetics and dispositions. The second edition is designed for use by advanced practice nursing programs, as well as undergraduate programs. It pinpoints new developments in prenatal, maternity, and pediatric issues and supplies new information on genomics-based personal drug therapy, environmental susceptibilities, genetic therapies, epigenetics, and ethics.

The text features a practical, clinically oriented framework in line with the core competencies defined by the AACN. It delivers information according to a life-span approach used in the practice setting. The second edition continues to provide basic information on genomics, its impact on health care, and genetic disorders. It covers prevention, genetic counseling and referral, neuropsychiatric nursing, and public health. The core of the text presents information on a variety of diseases that affect patients throughout the life span, with specific guidance on the nursing role. Also included are tests for a variety of diseases and information on pharmacogenomics, which enable health care providers to select the best drugs for treatment based on a patient’s genetic makeup. Plentiful case study examples support the information throughout. Additionally, an instructor’s package of PowerPoint slides and a test bank are provided.

New to the Second Edition:

  • • Completely updated
  • • Personal drug therapy based on genomics
  • • Environmental susceptibilities
  • • Prenatal detection and diagnosis
  • • Newborns and genetic screening
  • • Reproductive technologies
  • • Ethical issues
  • • Genetic therapies
  • • Epigenetics
  • • Includes content for graduate-level programs
  • • PowerPoint slides and a test bank for all student levels

Key Features:

  • • Encompasses state-of-the-art genomics from a nursing perspective
  • • Provides a practical, clinically oriented life-span approach
  • • Covers science, technology, and clinical application of genomics
  • • Addresses prevention, genetic testing, and treatment methods

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Specialty Score: 1.67 Nursing - Pediatrics
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This engaging and informative book demonstrates the importance of genetics and genomics across the life span and in multiple disease processes."

-- Cynthia Lea, RN (Peyton Manning Children's Hospital) Doody's Review - previous edition


This book is written for a very broad audience. Faculty can use the book to incorporate the subject into the curricula. Students will be able to use it throughout their nursing education, enabling them to see how to apply genetics to the area they are studying. Clinical staff nurses will find the book useful for the application of genetics in patient care and education of families. The author is one of nursing's leading authorizes in the field and easily accomplishes her task.

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