Genetic Counseling Paper

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Meghan Rayburn
Kim Rupp
9 November 2015
Genetic Counseling
Over this course and researching genetic counseling. I have learned a lot about genetic counseling. It has opened my eyes to new and amazing things. Although, it has caused a lot of debates and scrutiny all around the world. It truly is an amazing career. It does have its downfalls on some issues ethically, legally, and culturally. For the most part it is a very rewarding and needed job. One of the main issues where insurance companies denying patients coverage or adjusting premium’s due to genetic testing information. That is why President Bush signed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination ACT, also known as (GINA) into law. (

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In my interview with a genetic counselor I learned that you really have to be a special person to do the job. When asking questions like: What excites you about being a genetic counselor? Her response to me was this “Everything, I love every part of my job. Even on the toughest days when you don’t think you can go on and do it. You have to dig into the parts of your soul that this is meant for you and this is what I was meant to do. I feel like I have the greatest job of all.” To me that is something to look up too and to really want that one day. It shows that if you’re passionate about your job and your patients you can make a difference in the world and the world of healthcare. Another example from my interview was when I asked her: How do you handle a patient that is uneasy about receiving there diagnose? She responded “I would reassure them that we will do all we …show more content…
(Powers, J., & Stopfer, J. E. (2014). Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Clinical Care for Hereditary Breast Cancer. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 43(3), 361-373 13p. doi:10.1111/1552-6909.12304). The next article in my research talked about the role of nurses in identifying individuals who might benefit form genetic services and information and provides guidelines on how to approach this. The article gives you an insight on when a nurse considers whether a genetic referral is needed. Genetic referrals should be considered in family’s where one or more relatives has a history of condition’s such as; breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and there are many more. This just sums up the importance of genetic counselors and the reasons why they are important in the medical field. (Jacobs, C, & Patch, C 2013, 'Identifying individuals who might benefit from genetic services and information', Nursing Standard, 28, 9, pp. 37-42 6p, CINAHL with Full Text, EBSCOhost, viewed 9 November 2015.) In the future I plan to seek the resources ahead of me and to utilize a genetic counselor of my