Genetic Nurse Questionnaire with Survey Link (9/25/14)
Here is information regarding a research study that you may be eligible to participate in.
You are being asked to participate in a research study to learn about your integration of genetics/genomics into your teaching, research and/or clinical practice. The brief survey is designed to capture the demographic training and experiences and practice settings of genetic nurses. This will not only increase our knowledge, but will help us identify ways in which ISONG engages in the future.
We would be extremely grateful if you would complete the following short questionnaire. You do not have to participate in this study; your participation is voluntary and all information on this form is strictly confidential. No name or other identifying information will appear on these pages.
For more information on this study, please contact Dr. Kathleen Hickey, Assistant Professor of Nursing (Tel: 212-305-4944; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have any questions about your rights as a subject, you may contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Columbia University Medical Center at (212) 305-5883; additional information about the IRB can be accessed here: http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/irb/
Below is the survey link:
Thank you for your participation.
Unlocking Life's Code: Implications for Faculty and Healthcare Providers (9/22/14)
The Genome: Unlocking Life's Code is a high-tech, high-intensity museum exhibition opened originally at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. to celebrate the 10th anniversary of researchers producing the first complete human genome sequence - the genetic blueprint of the human body - in April 2003. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
The exhibition is now traveling to locations around the country with the first stop the Fleet Science Center in San Diego CA. In conjunction to launching this exhibit, the National Human Genome Research Institute is hosting a series of education programs for practicing nurses and nursing educators to highlight the value of the exhibit as an innovative teaching strategy. These education programs will present content on the relevance of genomics to healthcare, strategies for curriculum integration, resources to facilitate personal and academic genomics education and explain approaches for using the exhibit as an innovative educational resource. All sessions will end with a tour of the museum exhibit to highlight content that aids in teaching and learning.
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Clinical Practice Sessions Dates/Times:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8:00AM-12N
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:30-4:30PM
Educator Session Sessions Dates/Times:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:30-4:30PM
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 8:00AM-12N
Please register online for the session you would like to attend at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V73WCGT
There is NO registration fee for attending this program however the each session is limited to the first 125 people who register.
An application for CEUs has been submitted.
For Additional Information Please Contact:
Kathleen Calzone 301-435-0538 or email@example.com
Coverage of genetic tests by TRICARE (9/12/14)
TRICARE is the Department of Defense heath care program, which provides health care coverage for medical services, medications, and dental care for military families and retirees and their and survivors. There is a new Tricare demonstration project to cover tests that have not been cleared or approved by the FDA. It is called the ‘Defense Health Agency Evaluation of Non-United States Food and Drug Administration Approved Laboratory Developed Tests Demonstration Project’.
The Defense Health Agency has announced which genetic tests Tricare will cover starting in September. A list has been published of 35 laboratory-developed tests covered under a new pilot program, from the better-known BRCA1 and BRCA2 tests for breast cancer and in-utero cystic fibrosis to tests for rare inherited disorders like Lynch syndrome and Von Hippel-Lindau disease.
The demonstration project starts Sept. 1. But if beneficiaries paid for a test on the list since Jan. 1, 2013, they may be eligible for reimbursement. They will have to file a claim to receive payment, according to a Tricare news release.
Here is a report on it:
Here is the official announcement”
http://www.health.mil/News/Articles/2014/08/15/TRICARE-Set-to-Cover-Laboratory-Developed-Tests - note the last line indicates that the list of tests being covered could be expanded.
Here is the list of tests:
Call for NIWI Applicants DEADLINE November 1 2014 (9/12/14)
The Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) Program is an annual event sponsored by the Nursing Organizations Alliance (The Alliance). With over 60 member organizations, ONS among them, The Alliance represents approximately 500,000 nurses. The Alliance sponsors the internship to promote the interests of its member groups through education, research, and health-policy activities. Over the years, more than one thousand nurses have attended NIWI, many of whom have become influential participants in the political process at state and federal levels.
The purpose of the NIWI Program is to provide nurses the opportunity to learn how to influence health care through legislative and regulatory processes. Participants learn from health policy experts and government officials and network with other nurses.
One of NIWI’s objectives is to prepare participants to be responsible nurse-citizens and to educate them about how they can affect legislative and regulatory processes. This is accomplished by an outstanding faculty, many of whom are nurses, who come from academia, research, government commissions, federal agencies, the administration, Capitol Hill, and various associations.
The next NIWI is scheduled to be held March 15 – 17, 2015 in Arlington, VA. The internship includes spending a day on Capitol Hill visiting legislators. It is hoped that the dialogue begun during the internship will continue after the interns return home.
This year, ONS is offering a limited number of grants for nurses to attend NIWI. The deadline to apply for the grant is November 1, 2014. Recipients of the grants will receive full registration for NIWI, expenses for travel, hotel and related travel expenses (e.g. meals, airport parking) per ONS Travel Policy.
Have current membership in ONS with two years minimum as a member
Provide evidence of current activity in the legislative arena on the local, state, and/or national levels
Describe all past ONS activities
Describe how the internship experience will help his or her current professional role, and within ONS
Be willing to serve as a chapter or SIG legislative liaison
Demonstrate strong communication skills
Demonstrate willingness to participate in NIWI by meeting the time requirements for preparation
A review panel will select the most qualified applicants. To apply, members should submit a letter stating that they are applying for a NIWI grant, including three copies of all accompanying information listed above, and current curriculum vitae to:
Health Policy Team
Oncology Nursing Society
125 Enterprise Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ONS Health Policy Director, Alec Stone, at 1/866-257-4ONS x6401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New online education on cancer risk assessment from The Jackson Laboratory (7/1/14)
This is a free, online educational program that helps health care providers improve their cancer risk assessment and prevention practice through targeted family history screening. The program is for practicing primary care providers as well as students and residents. Highlights of the program include:
• Strategies to use family history to identify patients at increased risk of a genetic syndrome, such as hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, for earlier or more frequent cancer screening.
• Application of new USPSTF guidelines recommending family history screening for all patients with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer.
• Learning through 15-minute interactive Web cases and downloadable point-of-care tools that can be used in the clinic.
• Free CME.
Here is the link to the web program (www.jaxge.org).