Based on what you have studied and heard in class, the impact on genetics on disease is becoming a part of how we practice. If you watch television, you might have seen the advertisements for genetic testing and you often see people very excited about “finally” having detailed information about their heritage. I want to start a discussion on the pros and cons of genetic testing. By genetic testing, I do not mean heritage, but instead the effects of genetics on ones’ health. Currently, patients can be tested for several issues, like hemophilia or sickle cell disease, but the horizon is full of possible testing, including looking at the risk of cancers and problems with the fetus. This is a personal opinion and you can bring in resources if you like, but I’d like you to discuss genetic testing because, as a nurse, people will ask your opinion and you cannot give an honest response until you explore it. Answer the questions below in your initial post with an expected 300 – 500-word essay.
- Should genetic testing be mandatory?
- Should doctors, insurance companies, hospitals, employers require it of everyone they see, insure, hire, treat?
- What are the benefits of genetic testing?
- What are the potential problems with genetic testing?
- If it was offered to you today, would you do it?
Your reply post should be meaningful and responses respectful and substantive. “Nice post” is neither. The reply post should be 250-350 words in length.
You must reference your initial discussion post rationale make sure to use APA formatting for your reference and in-text citations. You do not need to reference your reply posting.