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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Cynthia Lea, RN (Peyton Manning Children's Hospital)
Description: This book details ways to incorporate genetics into a nursing curriculum. It is wisely divided into two sections, one that covers the concepts basic to genetics and one that demonstrates practical ideas for integrating the subject into nursing curricula.
Purpose: With the increased knowledge of genetics and genomics, the author notes that it is important to have clinicians competent in these subjects and this must begin in nursing education programs.
Audience: This book is written for a very broad audience. Faculty can use the book to incorporate the subject into the curricula. Students will be able to use it throughout their nursing education, enabling them to see how to apply genetics to the area they are studying. Clinical staff nurses will find the book useful for the application of genetics in patient care and education of families. The author is one of nursing's leading authorizes in the field and easily accomplishes her task.
Features: The book is well organized, making it easy to read and follow concepts. The material on assessing patients covers the life span and physiologic system, giving nurses the tools they need to start looking at their clients with genetics in mind. Other helpful features include case studies that provide examples of concepts, client teaching, important points to consider, diagrams for easier understanding of difficult content, key points for review, and a well-done glossary. One of the greatest assets is the section of useful web sites, organizations, and services for genetic conditions.
Assessment: This engaging and informative book demonstrates the importance of genetics and genomics across the life span and in multiple disease processes.