St. Luke's Hospital
The Genetic Counselor works independently to serve the SLH Clinic Division by providing personalized help patients may need as they make decisions about their genetic health. The Genetic Counselor assesses individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. He or she will provide information and advice to other healthcare providers, or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions.
Education: Masters Degree in Genetic Counseling or Genetics.
Licensure/Certification/Registration: Certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.
Experience: Three-five (3-5) years of experience in a related position.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
COMPASSION-Patients seek advice on family care or serious illness, so genetic counselors must be sensitive and compassionate when communicating their findings.
CRITICAL-THINKING SKILLS-Genetic counselors analyze laboratory findings to determine how best to advise a patient or family. They use their applied knowledge of genetics to assess inherited risks properly.
DECISION-MAKINGSKILLS - Genetic counselors must use their expertise and experience to determine how to disseminate their findings properly to their patients.
SPEAKING SKILLS- Genetic counselors must communicate complex findings so that their patients can understand the magnitude of a health problem.
READING - Advanced: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquires or complaints.
WRITING - Intermediate: Ability to write routine reports, correspondence, or procedures.
SPEAKING - Advanced: Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, top management, public groups, clients, customers, and the general public.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS - Advanced: Ability to comprehend and apply advanced mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plan and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
REASONING ABILITY - Advanced Skills: Ability to define and solve problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and deal with a variety of concrete and abstract variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND ENVIRONMENT
Stand - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Walk - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Sit - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 5.5 hours)
Use hands to finger, handle, or feel - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Reach with hands and arms - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 5.5 hours)
Stoop, squat, kneel, orcrouch - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Bending-repetitive forward - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Talk or hear - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Up to 25 pounds - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Work in general office/clinic requirement.