Advanced Practice Genetics Nursing Job Duties
The Advanced Practice Genetic Nurse plays an important role within the healthcare system. APNG’s hold advanced degrees, minimally a master’s and they oftentimes assume leadership roles. APNG’s will not only work with patients but will also conduct research, write articles for leading health journals, and work to educate their community.
A day in the life of an Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics will get the family ‘pedigree’ or rundown of the history so they are best able to assess the medical condition. They will then evaluate the risk factors associated with both hereditary and non-hereditary diseases and develop the best course of action. The APNG is qualified to prescribe medication when necessary and provide genetic counseling. They work in outpatient clinics, hospitals, universities, and research facilities. APNG’s must have a broad knowledge of diseases and the role genetics play.
Job Outlook and Salary for APGN-Board Certified
The nursing profession is facing a shortage of qualified professionals. APGN’s are in high demand. Their salary range is $43,410-$92,240 but the median annual salary for an Advanced Genetic Nurse is $62,450 per year. However, geographic and workplace locations are also determining factors.
The job outlook for Registered Nurses is expected to grow 16% though 2024 which is far faster than most other occupations. There are no stats specific to APGN’s but nursing, on a whole, provides excellent job and salary growth.