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Spring 2015


The purpose of this research was to evaluate the amount of genetic content incorporated into the curricula within Clemson University's School of Nursing classes. This study evaluated all nursing specific classes' syllabi and textbooks for the Baccalaureate of Science nursing program. Genetic key words and phrases were searched within each syllabi, their correlating textbooks, and lab manuals. Preliminary analyses revealed less than a ninth of the syllabi had any mention of genetics, while the majority of textbooks contained genetic content. It may be concluded that genetic information is available but an emphasis on genetics was not evidenced in either clinical or didactic course objectives or syllabi content. Genetic information needs to be further incorporated into classes to ensure future nurses are prepared to incorporate genetic advances into practice and improve patients' health. This research project was supported by the Calhoun Honors College and the Creative Inquiry program.


Poster presentation at Clemson University 10th Annual Focus on Creative Inquiry Forum, Clemson, SC.