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ISONG News: sponsored by the International Society of Nurses in Genetics, Inc.

The 14th Annual ISONG Educational Conference entitled "Genetic Nursing: Cultures, Consumers, Discoveries" was held October 10-12, 2001 at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. The conference theme was an extension of ISONG's vision of caring for people's genetic health. ISONG's vision is based not only on providing health care that integrates the genetic aspects of rare and common diseases, but also on providing genetic health care services that are culturally sensitive to diverse populations. Nurses in genetic health care also educate employers, third-party providers, and the public regarding the important role of genetic nursing in today's health care.

Despite the events of September 11th and the uncertainty regarding travel, 67 enthusiastic participants attended the conference. This included ISONG members from the United States, Japan, England, Israel, and Brazil. ISONG also welcomed its largest ever sponsorship, with representatives from education and industry.

The conference highlighted a slate of genetics experts from many disciplines. Among the guest speakers were: Christopher Cunniff, MD, who spoke on "Culture and Genetic Health Care;" Stephan Pulst, MD, DrMed, who presented on "Neurogenetics," and a discussion on "Consumer's Views of Genetic Health Care," was supported by the Genetic Alliance. ISONG members Deborah MacDonald, MS, RN, CS, and Cindy Prows, MSN, RN, presented "What's New in Cancer Research and Practice" and "Medication Selection by Genotype." The conference content was further enhanced by a diverse selection of paper and poster presentations representing the scholarship of ISONG members across the globe.

The 2001 Education Conference featured a landmark accomplishment for ISONG, with the awarding of the first Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics credentials (APNGc) to 13 nurse pioneers! Congratulations are extended to Dale Halsey Lea, Deborah MacDonald, Hillary Lipe, Lori Farmer, Sue Miller-Samuel, Joanna Spahis, Elizabeth Sparks, Kathleen Calzone, Suzanne Mahon, Kay Murphy, Judith Flanagan, Joie Davis, and Susan Caro. The awards were given during the lunch break while everyone enjoyed the beautiful San Diego sunshine on the hotel's rooftop terrace. The optional social event was a success with a large group of members enjoying a fun evening in San Diego's Old Town.

A Message from the President

On behalf of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics, Inc., I invite you to become a part of our growing, vibrant, international membership. Research discoveries linking genes to health problems across the lifespan crystallize the notion that there is a role for every nurse in the management of genetic information. Likewise, there is a place for every nurse in ISONG, Inc. Whether you are new to the realization that genetics influences your practice or whether you currently deliver comprehensive genetics specialty interventions; whether you are a nurse educator, practitioner, or researcher, ISONG is a place to develop professionally and personally in your efforts to integrate genetics into your professional practice or your personal health care decisions. Join a growing and committed cadre of professionals from around the world who are working together to assure the integration of genetic information into health care in a positive way!

Debra L. Schutte, Phd RN
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Title Annotation:International Society of Nurses in Genetics, Inc.
Author:Schutte, Debra L.
Publication:MedSurg Nursing
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2002
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