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Special Resource Genomics/Genetics

 Background and introduction

In September 2016, our users assisted us by completing a quick survey. The results of this survey have served to inform the design and content curation of resources on the website, of which this page is an example. This webpage is designed to assist clinical research nurses and nurse researchers by providing sourced GENOMICS & GENETICS open access resources, eLearning courses and discussion areas. We are committed to helping you on your learning journey and as such have embedded learning and skills aids into this webpage.


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

A guide was developed by the American Nurses' Association in 2002 entitled "ESSENTIALS OF GENETIC AND GENOMIC NURSING: COMPETENCIES, CURRICULA GUIDELINES, AND OUTCOME INDICATORS". 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.

In 2013, De Sevo published an article "Competency of nurse educators in genetics/ genomics knowledge" in the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, and is 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 course aims to provide an introduction and overview of the subject and is aimed at everyone involved in genomic research.