TIGER: Translation and Integration of Genomics is Essential to Doctoral NuRsing

Posted on: August 20th, 2021 by David Campbell-O'Dell
Two Parts:
Conference - January 18, 2022 
Half-day course (7am-12pm) prior to the AACN Doctoral Education Conference in Naples, Florida
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
  • Complete application form & CV
  • Letter of recommendation and support from Dean
Email tiger@vanderbilt.edu for more information.
Annual enrollment is limited to 50 participants.
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 that seek 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.  
This education award is supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the 
National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25HG011018.

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