A Maturity Matrix for Nurse Leaders to Facilitate and Benchmark Progress in Genomic Healthcare Policy, Infrastructure, Education, and Delivery

Emma Tonkin, Kathleen A. Calzone, Laurie Badzek, Caroline Benjamin, Anna Middleton, Christine Patch, Maggie Kirk

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Purpose: Nurse leaders driving strategic integration of genomics across nursing need tools and resources to evaluate their environment, guide strategies to address deficits, and benchmark progress. We describe the development and pilot testing of a self-assessment maturity matrix (MM) that enables users to benchmark the current state of nursing genomic competency and integration for their country or nursing group; guides the development of a strategic course for improvement and implementation; and assesses change over time. Design: Mixed-methods participatory research and self-assessment. Methods: During a 3-day workshop involving nursing experts in health care and genomics, a genomic integration MM grid was built by consensus using iterative participatory methods. Data were analyzed using descriptive techniques. This work built on an online survey involving the same participants to identify the critical elements needed for “effective nursing which promotes health outcomes globally through genomics.”. Findings: Experts from 19 countries across six continents and seven organizations participated in item development. The Assessment of Strategic Integration of Genomics across Nursing (ASIGN) MM incorporates 55 outcome-focused items serving as subscales for six critical success factors (CSFs): education and workforce; effective nursing practice; infrastructure and resources; collaboration and communication; public/patient involvement; policy and leadership. Users select their current circumstances for each item against a 5-point ordinal scale (precontemplation to leading). Nurses representing 17 countries undertook matrix pilot testing. Results demonstrate variation across CSFs, with many countries at the earliest stages of implementation. Conclusions: The MM has the potential to guide the strategic integration of genomics across nursing and enables additional assessments within and between countries to be made. Clinical Relevance: Nurse leadership and direction are essential to accelerate integration of genomics across nursing practice and education. The MM helps nurse leaders to benchmark progress and guide strategic planning to build global genomic nursing capacity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-592
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Nursing


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