Genetic Counselor (LP) - Clinic-Hosp-OB Genetics - Fixed Term (0.6 FTE, Days)
Company: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: November 20, 2022
0.6 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shift - 6 Month Fixed Term
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This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of
Genetic Counselors provide professional genetic counseling,
education, and emotional support to patients and/or families,
particularly those who have a familial history of birth defects or
genetic disorders, or who may be at risk for a variety of inherited
conditions to help them understand and adapt to the medical,
psychosocial, and familial implications of genetic contributions to
disease. Genetic Counselors are responsible for analyzing and
interpreting family medical histories and genetic test results to
assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence; facilitating
the understanding of a genetic diagnosis; providing education about
inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources, and
research; making referrals for social services for families who
have members with birth defects or genetic disorders, or who may be
at risk for a variety of inherited conditions; and counseling to
promote informed choices and adaptation to the risk or condition.
Genetic Counselors also provide teaching and consultative services
to other professionals and health care students.
The essential functions listed are typical examples of work
performed by positions in this job classification. They are not
designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory
of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also
perform other duties as assigned.
Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including
but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care,
patients rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of
physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for
others, participation in ongoing education and training,
communication and adherence to safety and quality programs,
sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and
licensure and health screenings.
Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the
Service Standards of the Hospital(s).
Assists families to understand alternatives for dealing with risk
of genetic disorders, choose the course of action they deem
appropriate and act in accordance with that decision, and make the
best possible adjustment to the disorder in an affected family
member and/or to the risk of recurrence of that disorder.
Counsels patients regarding the significance of genetic disorders,
inheritance patterns, recurrence risks for birth defects and
genetic disorders, and management of a given diagnosis. Conveys
complex genetic information, test results, and address the
emotional impact of such information to patients and families, both
in person and by telephone, using understandable terminology and
knowledge of genetic and psychosocial principles.
Determines current knowledge regarding specific diagnoses,
including modalities of testing, treatment options, and genetic
basis. Recommends specialized genetic testing.
Educates patients regarding their risks/options; explains disease
signs and symptoms, probability of recurrence, prognosis,
diagnostic methods/procedures, alternate courses of action and
Ensures that patients and/or family understand implications, risks
and benefits of genetic testing, should testing be indicated.
Coordinates genetic testing, interprets the results, and
communicates this information to the patient and referring
Maintains case documentation and prepares detailed genetic
counseling summary letters for referring clinicians.
Makes appropriate referrals to social service agencies, parent
support groups, and other specialists.
Obtains detailed family and pregnancy histories to identify
potential risk factors and inheritance patterns; obtains and
analyzes all pertinent medical records; reviews medical genetics
literature to develop a clinically appropriate counseling plan; and
obtains and documents informed consent for procedures and
Provides specialty consultation and education to other health care
professionals, health sciences students, and others staff on
genetic diseases, birth defects, prenatal diagnosis and genetic
screening. Responds to genetic inquiries from other hospital
departments and clinics.
Reviews referrals and prioritizes cases for genetic counseling with
an individual or couple concerning their risk of having a baby born
with a birth defect or genetic disease based on factors such as
maternal age, family history, stage of pregnancy and likelihood of
genetic disorder recurrence.
Works with health care team in development and implementation of
the care plan.
Any combination of education and experience that would likely
provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as
possession of any required licenses or certifications is
Education: Master's degree in a work-related field/discipline from
an accredited college or university.
License/Certification: CGCL - Valid California license as a Genetic
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills
required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job
and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience,
education, or licensure/certification.
Ability to develop a clinically appropriate genetic counseling
Ability to ensure that all recommended testing ordered is completed
and that patients have been appropriately informed of the
Ability to present relevant genetic information to individuals and
families from diverse cultural backgrounds in an informed,
compassionate manner and to help families obtain the medical and
social services they may need.
Ability to provide genetic, medical, and technical information in a
comprehensive, understandable, nondirective manner to patients and
Ability to speak, read, write, and understand English effectively
at a level appropriate for the safe and effective performance of
Knowledge of and ability to apply genetic counseling methods and
Knowledge of genetic diseases and disorders, birth defects,
risks/options, and prenatal diagnosis screening tools.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job
is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health
Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of
Equal Opportunity Employer
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford strongly values
diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and
non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including
the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate
against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual
orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic
origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition,
genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the
perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of
all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and
veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with
criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized
assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where
applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance
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