Stevenson Nursing Professor Tonya Schneidereith Releases New Genetics Textbook for Nurses

June 24, 2016 7 AM

Stevenson, MD – Tonya Schneidereith, Ph.D., CRNP, PPCNP-BC, CNE, Associate Professor of Nursing in Stevenson’s School of Health Professions, has co-edited the updated 2nd edition of Lashley’s Essentials of Clinical Genetics in Nursing Practice with Christine Kasper, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, FACSM, and Felissa Lashley, Ph.D., RN, FABMGG. The textbook addresses the core competencies outlined by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and is designed for use by advanced practice nursing programs as well as undergraduate programs. It pinpoints new developments in prenatal, maternity, and pediatric healthcare and reviews new information on genomics-based personal drug therapy, environmental susceptibilities, genetic therapies, epigenetics, and ethics.

According to Schneidereith, a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has taught at Stevenson since 2009, today’s nurses are required to have a much broader knowledge of genetics than their predecessors.

“This textbook has come at a time following the sequencing of the human genome and the subsequent explosion of genetic technology and information,” she said. “In order for nurses to provide the most comprehensive care for patients, understanding the role of genetics in health, disease, and response to treatment has become a necessity. The various ways that patients respond to diseases and therapies is based in genetics and should be a primary consideration for all healthcare providers.”

In addition to her role as co-editor, Schneidereith was actively involved in updating and revising multiple chapters of the book, including those on pediatrics, obstetrics, and medical-surgical nursing. To expand the scientific base of the text, other members of the Stevenson community were involved in the revision, adding their knowledge of biology and biochemistry. Among them were Wendy Kimber, Ph.D., Chair of the Biology Department; Rivka Glaser, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology; Timothy Dwyer, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry; and Tracey Mason, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry.

For more information on the textbook, visit Springer Publishing online.

The School of Health Professions encompasses Stevenson’s nursing program as well as its rapidly growing medical laboratory science major. Both programs will take residence in Stevenson’s new Academic Center, slated to open for the fall semester in August 2016 on the University’s Owings Mills North campus.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,200 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.