Caring for the genetic health of patients and their families is the responsibility of every advanced practice nurse. While the numbers of genetics specialists are consistently growing, there are not enough available to encapsulate this area of disease. To care for this patient population, primary care clinicians must be literate in genetics to know when and how to make an appropriate referral.
Theresa Beery is a professor at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationship or financial interest in any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity.