The purpose of this TIGER research educational project is to improve the knowledge and skills of doctoral nurses in genomics. This education award is supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25HG011018.


  • Establish competency with knowledge and skills in genomics
  • Engage in community of genomics-informed nurses



Principal Investigator: Laurie Connors

Laurie Connors

Laurie Connors


Laurie Connors, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, AGN-BC, AOCNP, FAANP, FAAN is a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and leader in national and global initiatives to expand genomic nursing education and practice.




Course At-a-Glance


12 months


Contact Hours  
Earn up to 22.75 contact hours


Cost: Free  
Limited number of $1500 stipend for conference travel/housing



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TIGER is a flipped classroom, train-the-trainer and collaborative mentorship program for a community of genomics informed nurses.

2 Parts

Genomics workshop held as a preconference in conjunction with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) January Doctoral Education conference every January

Monthly virtual genomic updates with nationally recognized genomic experts covering topics such as: Population Health Genomics, Genomics in Nursing Education, Genomics Curriculum Development, Responsible Research Conduct, and Genomic Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications.   

Course Modules

Genomics workshop in January
January 14, 2025

1 Critical Deficits and Needs of Genomics in Doctoral Nursing

2 Genome Basics: How Genes Influence Health and Illness

3 Leadership and Professional Role, workforce skilling

4 Education Content, capacity building in nursing-informed genomics

5 Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications; Responsible Codes of Conduct

6 Translation and Integration in Practice


Virtual genomics sessions

7 Genetic/Genomic Review – the Big Picture (February)

8 Genetic Testing Approaches (March) Health and Illness

9 Public Health Applications of Genomics (April)

10 Genomics in Nursing Education (May) 

11 Curriculum Development (June)

12 Responsible Conduct of Research (July Part 1)

13 Responsible Conduct of Research (August Part 2)

14 Ethical, Legal and Social Issues of Genomics (September)

15 Review of Clinical Genetic Conditions (October)

16 Patient-centered genomic care (November)

17 Professional Role and Future Directions (December)


Contact Hours

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 (NCPD) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  


Cost-free, stipend available

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 hotel/meals/local transportation. 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. 

We are committed to diversity and inclusion for those who are under-represented in US Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral, and Social Sciences. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status.  Our application includes optional questions to support our accountability to our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

This workshop is supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award number R25HG011018 (PI: Connors). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.




Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

  • Last date to apply:  September 30, 2024