Genetics nurses work with patients dealing with a variety of hereditary diseases, assisting both with treatment and with family planning concerned with genetics.
As a genetics nurse, you could help doctors with a number of tasks, such as evaluating a patient’s condition, recording patient history, checking vital signs, educating patients on home care, and assessing risk for passing on specific genes to children. You could also work in a research setting or help doctors educate patients on risk factors and gene analysis. In addition, genetics nurses are needed in long-term care facilities where they work with patients to manage pain, stay mobile, and deal with having developmental mental and physical problems associated with genetics-related medical conditions.
Salary and Career Options
The salary you’ll make as a genetics nurse depends on your education level, whether or not you have an special certifications, your location, and the type of facility where you work. On average, RNs working in this field can expect to make an average of around $60,000 annually. Genetics nursing can lead to other careers as well, such as working with a specific type of patient (like children) or working with a certain disease. You can also get certified in women’s health or become a certified nurse midwife so you can help couples with family planning from a genetics standpoint.
You can get started working as a genetics nurse as an LPN, but most nurses specializing in this area earn at least an associate’s degree in order to become an RN. You can also earn a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree to work in more advanced roles in this field. At higher levels, you can become certified in this field, allowing you to earn even more money as a nurse working in genetics.
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