Webinar: Using a Family Perspective to Integrate Genomics into Nursing Curricula

Marcia Van Riper, PhD, RN“Using a Family Perspective to Integrate Genomics into Nursing Curricula”

Presented by Marcia Van Riper, RN, PhD

Thursday, November 29, 2012 12:00 – 1:00pm (EST – New York)

Marcia Van Riper RN, PhD, FAAN is a Professor at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has a joint appointment in the School of Nursing and the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences. Dr. Van Riper has an ongoing program of research concerning families being tested for and living with genetic conditions. Dr. Van Riper has served as a consultant to many schools of nursing, guiding faculty in how to integrate genomics in their curricula and teaching. Dr. Van Riper is the current President of the International Family Nursing Association.


At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how nurses can help individuals and families maximize the benefits of recent advances in genomics.
  • Discuss potential advantages of using a family perspective to integrate genomics into nursing curricula.
  • Use a variety of creative teaching/learning strategies to integrate genomics into the curricula using a family perspective.

Recent advances in genomics have dramatically altered the landscape of health care. Because of this, there is growing recognition that all nurses need to have a basic understanding of genomics. Moreover, essential nursing competencies and curricula guidelines for genomics have been developed in a number of countries. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss how a family perspective can be used to integrate genomics into nursing curricula. More specifically, this webinar will include an overview of a genomic course that is required for all undergraduate nursing students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unlike many of the existing genetic/genomics courses, this is not a course in basic genetics. Rather, the focus is on nursing application of advances in genetics and genomics. The webinar will include specific examples of creative teaching/learning strategies.