[Journal of Advanced Nursing] Genomic research: The landscape for nursing

Genomic research: The landscape for nursing

NHS South East Genomic Medicine Service Alliance (GMSA) Director of Nursing & Midwifery, Dr Tootie Bueser, shares why it’s so important for nurses to engage and lead on areas of research emerging in the genomics field.

"The advent of genomics presents exciting possibilities for nurses as we critically reflect on how genomics affects and impacts practice and how this can improve the lives of patients and their families. Opportunities for research in the field of genomics can assist nurses to answer everyday questions that occur in practice whilst placing nurse scientists and practitioners into a field that they have not always been a part of."
Tootie Bueser
Director for Nursing & Midwifery, SE GMSA
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With any Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) test ordered, a Record of Discussion (RoD) form will also need to be submitted. This document is to record the patient’s consent for genomic testing and their choice on taking part in research. Guidance on the patient choice conversation can be found here
This RoD form will be available for clinicians to download from this webpage. Once completed with the patient, it can be send to the lab with the corresponding test order form and sample.
Tests available to order will be listed in the National Genomic Test Directory. A test order form will soon be made available for clinicians on this webpage to download and complete. This form will include the address of the laboratory that the appropriate sample and completed form needs to be sent to.
Until the new Genomic Laboratory Service goes live, please continue to follow existing test order processes.
Later this year, the online test ordering tool for Whole Genome Sequencing will be integrated into the National Genomics Informatics System (NGIS) and clinicians will be able to search or filter to find a clinical indication, confirm eligibility criteria and start the test request process for their patient.