A Roadmap for global acceleration of genomics integration across nursing

Emma Tonkin, Kathleen A. Calzone, Laurie Badzek, Caroline Benjamin, Anna Middleton, Christine Patch, Maggie Kirk

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Purpose: The changes needed to accelerate integration of genomics across nursing are complex, with significant challenges faced globally. Common themes lend themselves to a coordinated and collaborative strategic approach to sustained change. We aim to synthesize the outputs of a research programme to present a Roadmap for nursing leadership to guide integration of genomics across practice.
Design: Mixed methods involving a purposive sample of global nursing leaders and nursing organisations in a sustained, highly interactive programme.
Methods: Experts in nursing, healthcare and healthcare services, policy, and leadership were recruited. Online surveys preceded a 3-day residential meeting utilising participatory methods and techniques to gain consensus on the essential elements of a Roadmap to promote genomics integration
Findings: 23 leaders representing 19 countries and 7 organisations participated overall. Data on the scope and status of nursing, genomics healthcare and resources have been synthesised. Participants identified 117 facilitators to genomics integration across diverse sources. Barriers and priorities identified were mapped to the constructs of the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research, The Roadmap is underpinned by a Maturity Matrix created by participants to guide and benchmark progress in genomics integration.
Conclusions: Nurse leaders seeking to accelerate change can access practical guidance with the Roadmap, underpinned by support through the Global Genomics Nursing Alliance and its strategic priorities.
Clinical Relevance: Genomics is shaping the future of healthcare but change is needed for integration across nursing. This practical Roadmap, adaptable to local health systems, clinical and educational contexts, is relevant to nurse leaders aiming to accelerate change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-338
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020


  • Nursing
  • Genomics
  • Roadmap
  • Leadership
  • Strategy
  • Implementation


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