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Nurses at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth Selected for National Genomics Study

FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is one of two North Texas hospitals selected to participate in a national study to advance genetics and genomic knowledge among nurses. This is the first study of its kind targeting registered nurses in Magnet-designated hospitals.

Nurses at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth Selected for National Genomics Study
Study particpiants are (from left): Michelle Hampton, clinical education specialist, Elaine Nelson, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services, Twyla O'Keefe, clinical education specialist, and Sally Carmen, director of advancing professional nursing practice.
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The study, Expanding RN Scope of Practice: A Method for Introducing a New Competency into Nursing Practice, is funded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and aims to increase nurses’ understanding of how a patient’s family history of common diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes can affect their care plan. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is also participating in the study.

“Many diseases, like cancer, have a genetic or genomic predisposition,” said Michelle Hampton, M.S.N, R.N., C.C.R.N., clinical education specialist and principal investigator for the study at Texas Health Fort Worth. “If nurses on the front line can identify these red flags early on, they can get patients additional education or provide referrals for screening to help prevent disease and improve population health.”

Twenty-one medical centers nationally were selected to participate in the study. Only Magnet-designated hospitals were eligible for this project — they hold the highest recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

“We’re honored that national researchers have looked to our exceptional nursing staff for help with this innovative study on genomics and genetics,” said Elaine Nelson, R.N., M.S.N., CCRN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Texas Health Fort Worth. “We look forward to this opportunity to impact how nurses provide exceptional patient care and integrate genomics into practice.”

The introductory phase of the program includes surveying nurses on baseline knowledge about genetics and genomics. Survey information will be used to plan a year-long program of education, networking, and follow- up on successful learning opportunities at Texas Health Fort Worth.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 726-bed, Magnet-designated regional referral center that has served the residents of Tarrant County since 1930. The hospital’s services include cardiovascular services, high-risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatal intensive care, and trauma/emergency medicine. Texas Health Fort Worth is also home to the 100-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Fort Worth has more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and nearly 1,000 physicians practicing on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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