Improving -Omics-Based Research and Precision Health in Minority Populations: Recommendations for Nurse Scientists

Jacquelyn Y. Taylor, Veronica Barcelona de Mendoza

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Purpose: The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the role of nurse scientists in -omics-based research and to promote discussion around the conduct of -omics-based nursing research in minority communities. Nurses are advocates, educators, practitioners, scientists, and researchers, and are crucial to the design and successful implementation of -omics studies, particularly including minority communities. The contribution of nursing in this area of research is crucial to reducing health disparities. Methods: In this article, challenges in the conduct of -omics-based research in minority communities are discussed, and recommendations for improving diversity among nurse scientists, study participants, and utilization of training and continuing education programs in -omics are provided. Findings and Conclusions: Many opportunities exist for nurses to increase their knowledge in -omics and to continue to build the ranks of nurse scientists as leaders in -omics-based research. In order to work successfully with communities of color, nurse scientists must advocate for participation in the Precision Medicine Initiative, improve representation of nurse faculty of color, and increase utilization of training programs in -omics and lead such initiatives. Clinical Relevance: All nursing care has the potential to be affected by the era of -omics and precision health. By taking an inclusive approach to diversity in nursing and -omics research, nurses will be well placed to be leaders in reducing health disparities through research, practice, and education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-19
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018


  • Genomics
  • minority health
  • nursing
  • precision medicine
  • underserved populations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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