Asian Oncol Nurs.  2012 Dec;12(4):267-273. 10.5388/aon.2012.12.4.267.

Current Issues and Tasks of Genetic Cancer Nursing in Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Daejeon University, Daejeon, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, USA.
  • 3Department of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea. kschoi@cau.ac.kr
  • 4Department of Nursing, ShinHeung College, Uijeongbu, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this review article is to introduce how the Korean Society of Genetic Nursing (KSGN) has evolved and tried to translate genomic knowledge to nursing practice, and then to suggest the future role of genetic nurses in Korea.
METHODS
A literature review was performed and the current status of genetic counselling in Korea was explored. Then the educational and clinical experiences of the authors were incorporated. Finally, the main activities of Korean nursing for genetics were identified.
RESULTS
Two types of genetic counsellor certification have been issued in Korea: one is issued by the Korean Society of Genetic Medicine, another by the Korean Society of Breast Cancer since June 2011. A few Korean nursing researchers have continuously performed research related to genetic nursing and undertook several research projects funded by the government since 2003. In February 2011, KSGN was established and is now trying to establish further international networks.
CONCLUSION
Nursing genetic experts should be trained to integrate all specialties for genetic counselling, so they can provide holistic genetic services including ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI).

Keyword

Genomics; Genetic Counseling; Professional Role; History of Nursing

MeSH Terms

Breast Neoplasms
Certification
Financial Management
Genetic Counseling
Genetic Services
Genetics
Genomics
History of Nursing
Korea
Nursing
Nursing Research
Oncology Nursing*
Professional Role
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