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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.
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.
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