Genetics Nursing

What it Takes to Be a Genetics Nurse

Genetics nurses tend to patients who are susceptible to, or who have already contracted, medical or psychiatric health disorders related to their genetic makeup. Genetics nurses work with patients and their families to evaluate hereditary and non-hereditary influences on the patient’s condition. They care for the patients of genetic diseases and support genetics physicians. Genetic nurses also support the patient’s family to educate them about the condition and discuss genetic risk factors.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN, OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • EARN YOUR GENTICS CLINICAL NURSE CERTIFICATION BY PASSING THE EXAM

$43,000 - $92,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Performing genetics analyses
  • Creating patient care plans and administering medical treatment
  • Providing consultation and assistance to genetics physicians
  • Educating patients’ families on hereditary risk factors

Education Requirements

ASN or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hopitals
  • University healthcare facilities
  • Research facilities
  • Prenatal centers
  • Oncology clinics
  • Pediatric clinics

Certification

RN, Genetics Clinical Nurse (GCN)