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Special Resource: Genomics/Genetics collaborates to provide research skills for nurses working in genomic medicine in Africa

During 2016 Global Research Nurses was invited to contribute to a module on research methods to an exiting pilot online course for nurses involved in genetic/genomic medicine. The initiative went live in 2017 with about 300 participants, in 19 locations in Africa, enrolled through interactive classrooms hosted by participating institutions across the continent. To equip them for engaging with their mini research projects, lecturers from Global Research Nurses (based at the University of Cape Town) and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (based in Accra, Ghana) offered a module on Research Methods and Genetic Epidemiology respectively.

Given the positive feedback and enthusiasm from participants it is likely that the course will be offered again so we will be sure to keep you informed. In the mean time we have gathered together some open access materials about this topic.


Khan academy is an online learning platform [501 (3)(C)] non-profit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Their resources are available at no cost and are aimed to be a personalized learning resource for all ages. They offer practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. 

Within their biology section they have three courses which would be of interest as an introduction to this topic. Classical and molecular geneticsDNA as genetic material and gene regulation. We have embedded a video as an example, and recommend that you visit their website for more background and information about the topic.






Talking about competency

The American Nurses' Association developed a guide "ESSENTIALS OF GENETIC AND GENOMIC NURSING: COMPETENCIES, CURRICULA GUIDELINES, AND OUTCOME INDICATORS" (2002). This guide provides a sound foundation to work from when starting your journey on understanding why genomics and genetics are fundamental to health for all. Read the guide here.

Kathleen A. Calzone concluded that 'Outcome Indicators assist the academic and continuing education nurse community to prepare the nursing workforce in genetics/genomics and provide a platform from which to build tools needed to achieve this goal.' Full article here

In 2013, De Sevo published an article "Competency of nurse educators in genetics/ genomics knowledge", another useful read. Full text article here .

 The hunt for “Unexpected genetic heroes”

The above video is a TED Talk,TED is a non-profit organisation which is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.

Critical thinking tip:This talk may help you to gain insight into how to think about genetics in everyday life.

Introduction to reviewing genomic research

In contrast to genetic research, which focuses on individual genes, genomic research examines the whole of the genome. This 30-40 minute online course aims to provide an introduction and overview of the subject and is aimed at everyone involved in genomic research.