Current Issues and Tasks of Genetic Cancer Nursing in Korea

유전체학 시대의 한국 종양 유전 간호의 과제

  • Jun, Myunghee (Department of Nursing, Daejeon University.Department of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) ;
  • Choi, Kyung Sook (Department of Nursing, Chung-Ang University) ;
  • Shin, Gyeyoung (Department of Nursing, ShinHeung College)
  • 전명희 (대전대학교 간호학과.위스콘신-밀워키 주립대학교 간호학과) ;
  • 최경숙 (중앙대학교 간호학과) ;
  • 신계영 (신흥대학교 간호학과)
  • Received : 2012.12.05
  • Accepted : 2012.12.16
  • Published : 2012.12.31


Purpose: The purpose of this review article is to introduce how the Korean Society of Genetic Nursing (KSGN) has evolved and tried to translate genomic knowledge to nursing practice, and then to suggest the future role of genetic nurses in Korea. Methods: A literature review was performed and the current status of genetic counselling in Korea was explored. Then the educational and clinical experiences of the authors were incorporated. Finally, the main activities of Korean nursing for genetics were identified. Results: Two types of genetic counsellor certification have been issued in Korea: one is issued by the Korean Society of Genetic Medicine, another by the Korean Society of Breast Cancer since June 2011. A few Korean nursing researchers have continuously performed research related to genetic nursing and undertook several research projects funded by the government since 2003. In February 2011, KSGN was established and is now trying to establish further international networks. Conclusion: Nursing genetic experts should be trained to integrate all specialties for genetic counselling, so they can provide holistic genetic services including ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI).


Supported by : 한국연구재단