The Faculty Champion Initiative

Appeared in: Comptency Focus

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Baccalaureate Essentials ( now include genetics and genomics as important content for the educational preparation of nurses. The Faculty Champion Initiative, launched on Sept. 25, 2009 with an inaugural meeting, is designed to support faculty from schools of nursing undergoing accreditation in 2010/2011 to be able to meet these new requirements.

Twenty Faculty Champions were selected from a competitive application pool to participate in this year long initiative. Faculty Champions are expected to provide leadership at their schools of nursing and more broadly throughout the profession of nursing as leadership opportunities arise, and share expertise throughout their schools of nursing to plan for curriculum integration of genetics and genomics by:

  • Informing colleagues about the relevancy and need to include genetics and genomics in the curriculum
  • Consult with individual faculty to provide assistance in integrating genetics/genomics into existing coursework
  • Serve as a faculty resource
  • Determine opportunities to accelerate the change process

The Faculty Champions represent academic nursing programs from across the country and are of varying sizes. A list of the champions can be found at: .

The inaugural Sept. 25, 2009 meeting included presentations to provide a starting point for all nursing faculty to begin to explore the implications of genetics and genomics for nursing education and practice. The presentations are available for viewing via a webinar as well as in transcript form at and included the following topics:

Introductions and Purpose of the Meeting
Kathleen Calzone, MSN, RN, APNG, FAAN
Senior Nurse Specialist (Research)
National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research/Genetics Branch, National Institutes of Health

Key Note Address: Bridging the Gap Between Genome Research and Clinical Care
Alan Guttmacher, MD
Acting Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Basic Genetic and Genomic Concepts: What do Nursing Faculty Really Need to Know?
Julie Eggert, PhD, GNP-BC, AOCN®
Associate Professor and Healthcare Genetics Doctoral Program Coordinator

Genetic/Genomic Implications for Nursing Practice and Education
Kathleen Calzone, MSN, RN, APNG, FAAN
Senior Nurse Specialist (Research)
National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research/Genetics Branch, National Institutes of Health

Resources for Evaluating your Nursing Curriculum
Cindy Prows, MSN, RN, FAAN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Genetics
Children's Hospital Medical Center

Catherine Yetter Read, PhD, RN
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program
Associate Professor
Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing

Models of Curriculum Integration
Panel Presentation:
Jean Jenkins, PhD, RN, FAAN-Moderator
Senior Clinical Advisor, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health

Janet Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN
Kelting Professor of Nursing and Director Clinical Genetics Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
The University of Iowa
Shared Courseware
Lorraine Frazier, DSN, MS, RN, NP, FAAN
Associate Professor
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing, Director CCTS and TexGen BioBanks
Senior Nurse Scientist THI and St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
Stand Alone
Judith Lewis, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAAN
Professor Emerita
School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University
Interdisciplinary Model
Yvette Conley, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh

This project has been funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Health Resources Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing and the National Cancer Institute.

Patricia Brennan PhD, RN, Assistant Professor at the Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing, was selected as a Nursing Faculty Champion.

Source: /files/competency_focus_newsletter_1_14_2010.pdf

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