Genetics Nurse

Genetics nurses specialize in working with patients who have a genetic or “hereditary” disease or who are at risk of developing this type of disease because of a family medical history. When a genetic disease is suspected it is a genetics nurse’s job to administer tests so that medical assessments can be made. After a positive diagnosis has been confirmed genetics nurses work closely with other medical professionals including physicians to develop treatment plans and to counsel both their patients as well as their patients’ family members. According to the website genetics nurses are registered nurses who have a master’s degree and certification as a “Genetics Clinical Nurse” (GCN). Some of the types of genetics diseases that genetics nurses deal with on a regular basis include specific types of cancer heart diseases Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. However there are also many other diseases that have a genetic component for which genetics nurses have great knowledge and an understanding of the risks and impacts that they have on their patients’ health. In addition to working hands-on with patients many genetics nurses interpret genetic tests and laboratory data and they also educate those affected by genetics disorders on the hereditary and nonhereditary risk factors that play a role in how genetic diseases progress. In some circumstances genetics nurses provide advice and counseling to individuals who are at risk of developing specific types of cancers such as breast cancer and want to know if preventative surgeries should be pursued. According to the website genetics nurses earn an annual salary of approximately $52330.

Education Required: Master's Degree
Avg Salary: $52330
High Salary: $62330
Low Salary: $42330
Tasks: Takes detailed medical histories from patients.
Works with patients who have hereditary diseases.
Assesses patients' risk factors.
Provides early detection screenings.
Also Called: Registered Nurse
Genetics Clinical Nurse
Clinical Nurse
Nurse Specialist
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