Nursing Network for Assessment, Referral and Management

Learn genetics using case-oriented problems. The training includes assessment exams, sample presentations, and genetic resources. It is directed towards nurses in all specialties.

Recognize the following indicators of genetic disease:

Infants with feeding problems, unusual appearance, birth defects
Infants with lethargy, acidosis, abnormal metabolic screen (now >27 disorders)
Children with unusual appearance and/or developmental delay
Children with school problems and/or behavior differences
Adolescents with exercise fatigue, fainting spells; females with pregnancy risks
Couples with familial disease, advanced maternal age, miscarriages
Couples with ethnicity qualifying for genetic screening
Adults with familial vascular disease, joint laxity, sudden death
Adults with familial cancer, particularly cancer of early onset
Adults with familial mental illness or degenerative disease

Develop genetic REYDAR (Recognize, Eydentify, Determine, Assess, Refer)


  1. A brochure for health care organizations to encourage appointment of nursing genetic corrdinators and sharing of genetic resources
  2. A 200-page genetic primer highlighting relevant case presentations and assessment/referral guidelines followed by problem-oriented chapters on clinical genetics
  3. A dysmorphology checklist that can be used to document minor anomalies on physical examination
  4. A genetic resource directory that includes nursing articles and contacts for genetics
  5. Power point presentations that can be modified for in-service and outreach education
    Genetics for Nurses in Adult Disciplines (2.21MB)
    Genetics for Nurses in Obstetric Disciplines (2.44MB)
    Genetics for Nurses in Pediatric Disciplines (4.42MB)
  6. Examinations by discipline to allow self-assessment and evidence of mastery.
    GEN-ARM Genetics Review Examination for Nurses in Adult Disciplines
    GEN-ARM Genetics Review Examination for Nurses in Obstetrics
    GEN-ARM Genetics Review Examination for Nurses in Pediatrics