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ANA and ISONG Co-Publish Genetics and Ethics in Health Care: New Questions in the Age of Genomic Health
Date:2/5/2009

SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nursesbooks.org, the publishing program of American Nurses Association, in collaboration with the International Society of Nurses in Genetics has just released a book exploring the current ethical challenges associated with advances in genetics technology and genomic health care from a wide cross-section of cultural, racial, religious, and technical perspectives. While these advances are at the cutting edge of understanding the causal factors of health and illness, they also demand that we acknowledge and respect the deeply complex and diverse moral and ethical concerns that can impact the decisions of individual patients and the lives of their families and communities.

The editor, Rita Black Monsen, DSN, MPH, RN, FAAN, has helped bring genetics and genomics into nursing practice and education worldwide. Now she has assembled some three dozen experts and exemplars from numerous disciplines and traditions. Unique to this volume are voices seldom encountered in the literature, voices from communities of diverse religious, racial, and ethnic communities that seldom appear in our science-based discussions of genomic health care. Taken together, these in-depth contributions are grouped as:

Part 1. Genetics, Genomics, and Ethics: Basic Considerations discusses significant documents and organizations governing nursing ethics and genetic/genomic nursing practice, including essential U.S. policy developments. Also discussed are ethical and genetic/genomic principles in the context of nursing and healthcare practice, including informed consent, genetic inheritance, and the adequacy of education preparation.

Part 2. Religious and Cultural Perspectives of Communities and Societies discusses perspectives from sizable representative communities whose religious and cultural allegiances are integral to their experience of family life and making health de
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