Genomics for Nursing Education and Practice: Measuring Competency. Academic Article uri icon


  • Nurses lack genome literacy, skill, and self-confidence in applying genomics to health care. Standardized curricula and evaluation tools are needed for wide spread uptake and application of genome science in nursing education, practice, and research.To determine whether psychometrically robust survey instruments exist to assess knowledge, skills, attitudes, and self-confidence in applying genomic nursing competency among students and registered nurses.Psychometric systematic review.Medline, CINAHL, Academic Search Elite, Web of Science, and ProQuest Dissertations were searched from 1995 to 2014, with an English language restriction.Critical analysis of the study elements and psychometric attributes was conducted after data were abstracted into analysis and synthesis tables. The synthesis assessed the design, methods, and measurement properties with a focus on reliability and validity using 16 criteria on a 4-point grading scale.Twelve studies were included in a detailed review that focused on assessment of genomic nursing core competencies. Six studies met the inclusion criteria. In terms of psychometric quality of the instruments, one study scored high, two moderate, two low, and one very low.Most instruments assess self-perceived rather than objectively assessed competency. The highest quality instrument lacks clinical application. Knowledge-focused test questions based on up-to-date genome science that are relevant to practice need to be developed.© Published 2015. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.

publication date

  • June 2015