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Application Deadline Approaching for TIGER - Translation and Integration of Genomics is Essential Doctoral NuRsing

Published August 11, 2021


Translation and Integration of Genomics is Essential to Doctoral Nursing


AACN Member Schools are invited to submit applications for  the Translation and Integration of Genomics is Essential to Doctoral NuRsing (TIGER), which aims to facilitate personalized health care through a national educational effort. 

Two Parts:

  • Pre-Conference to AACN's Doctoral Education Conference in Naples, FL 
    January 18, 2022
    Half-day course from 7:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Webinars/Web conferences – February-December 2022
    Monthly webinars and web conferencing sessions 

Required Application Criteria

  • Doctoral Nursing Faculty: DNP or PhD

Professional Qualifications 

  • Currently ≥ 50% of time is spent teaching in a DNP or nursing PhD program
  • Hold a DNP, PhD, DNSc, DNS, EdD degree
  • Teach at least 1 course in the DNP or nursing PhD program
  • Active member of a professional nursing organization
  • Actively mentoring DNP or nursing PhD students

Post-Training Expectations

  • Able to integrate key principles of TIGER proposed medical genomics care into the doctoral nursing curriculum, scholarship or practice within 1 year post- course
  • Complete 6 and 12-month post-course goal updates

Application Deadline: September 1, 2021
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by September 15.

Application Instructions

To apply, email for application and include the following:

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation and support from Dean 

Annual enrollment is limited to 50 participants. 

This education award is supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25HG011018.

Applications are also being accepted for a stipend travel award, up to $1,500, to be awarded to 30 individuals selected from the submitted applications and is to be applied toward conference travel and housing. Applicants interested in the stipend should submit a one to two-page letter outlining why the interest in completing the TIGER course and the potential impact on nursing practice. Stipend travel award participants will need to commit to completing all the TIGER program components and receive support from their institution/school/leaders to implement genomics in doctoral nursing education.  

Course Faculty

  • Laurie Connors, DNP, FNP-BC, AGN-BC, AOCNP, FAANP, is an associate professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and leader in national initiatives to expand genomic nursing education and professional practice.  
  • Linda Ward, PhD, CNE, FNP is an associate professor at Clemson University School of Nursing, where she teaches genomics in the BSN, MN, and DNP programs and is among the core faculty in an interdisciplinary PhD in Healthcare Genetics.
  • Patricia Friend, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCNS, AGN-BC, is an Associate Professor and Program Director at Loyola University’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois. Her areas of expertise are in oncology and genomics, educational preparation of advanced practice nurses, online education, and interprofessional education and practice. 
  • Patricia A. Kelly, DNP, RN, CNS, AGN-BC, AOCN®, is a Research/Evidence Based Practice and Genomics Consultant at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas.  Dr. Kelly served as co-investigator for the national Method for Introducing New Competency (MINC) genomics study and consultant for the 2017 National Human Genome Research Institute MINC toolkit.

Upon completion, participants will be granted a Certificate of Completion and continuing education (CEU) credits for the completed course content.

CEU Credit
The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing are collaborating to provide nursing continuing professional development for the educational activity:  Translation and Integration of Genomics is Essential to Doctoral Nursing (TIGER).  Nurses completing the entire activity and evaluation tool may be awarded a maximum of 22.75 contact hours.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.   

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