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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Robin Arends


Genetics, genomics, female hereditary cancer syndrome


Genetics and genomics has changed the landscape of healthcare. It is now recommended that all obstetrics and gynecology providers complete a hereditary cancer risk assessment with all patients as those at high-risk benefit from increased risk reduction strategies. Using a hereditary cancer screening tool aids providers in accurately and efficiently assessing patient risk. The purpose of this DNP project was to educate nurses about female hereditary cancers and implement the Hereditary Cancer Tool in an obstetrics and gynecology clinic. Nurses were given education on hereditary gynecologic cancer, screened adult patients, and collected patient demographics. Nursing knowledge and attitudes were assessed and ratings of confidence in educating and identifying high-risk patients increased. The use of this tool had a positive impact on increasing the identification of high risk patients.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Cancer in women.
Cancer -- Risk factors.
Cancer -- Diagnosis.
Cancer -- Genetic aspects.
Genetic screening.
Medical screening.
Women -- Health risk assessment.


Includes bibliographical references



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