The Sr. Research Nurse will be reporting to the Principal Investigator(s) and to the Research Nurse Manager, this position is responsible for the coordination and implementation of assigned clinical trials within the research program.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
A. Project Management
1. Pre-study: Anticipates research requirements for designated patient populations.
May collaborate in development & writing of protocols and consent forms, as appropriate.
Collaborates in development and preparation of regulatory documents as appropriate.
Applies knowledge of study design to evaluate new protocols.
Applies knowledge of federal & local regulations when evaluating new protocols.
Reviews & assesses new protocols for clarity, thoroughness, logistical feasibility, maintaining subject safety etc..
Evaluates the impact on & availability of resources for assigned clinical trials.
Lists & clarifies concerns & questions about new protocols with PI &/or sponsor.
Proposes & negotiates alternatives to improve protocol implementation.
Collaborates in the determination of roles & responsibilities of health care team members in the implementation of assigned trials.
Collaborates in the design of appropriate methods for collection of data required for assigned trials.
Oversees & collaborates in development of study tools including data collection forms, eligibility checklists, preprinted orders, & distribution of the protocol on the Web Library and Internet (where applicable).
Assures receipt of protocol by pharmacy for review & input as appropriate.
Assures compliance with local & national regulatory standards .
Collaborates with study team and pharmacy to prepare drug data sheets for new trials.
Determines that IRB approval has been received prior to initiation of research activity.
Represents department at research and protocol initiation meetings.
Assures that all elements of a trial are in place before opening to accrual.
Communicates with protocol sponsors, NCI, cooperative group and coordinates plans to address issues with PI.
Works with CBT on beacon protocol order sets prior to start up and attends institutional PORSCHE meetings for approval of electronic order sets.
3. Recruitment & enrollment: Ensures initial & ongoing eligibility of all subjects for assigned research studies: Same as Level I
Collaborates in the development of recruitment strategies to ensure patient accrual within protocol timeframes.
4. Data collection/Document maintenance: Ensures collection of pertinent data from internal & external sources & monitors compliance with requirements of assigned clinical trials.
Applies pharmacological knowledge to assist the investigator in determining adverse event causality & relationship to study drug/procedure
Manages patients on clinical studies while adhering to all protocol mandates and standard of care clinical practice
Assures all clinical protocol deviations are communicated with team for proper documentation and or submission to regulatory agencies
Demonstrates ability to manage multiple projects at different stages of the clinical research process
Demonstrates ability to integrate new clinical trials with current research activity
Works with CBT on beacon protocol order set changes with amendment that require adjustment to original order set plan.
5. Quality Assurance: Evaluates outcomes of clinical trials.
Monitors study team compliance with required study procedures & GCP standards
Performs/monitors ongoing data analysis regarding clinical research studies, including toxicities, dose modifications, dose levels, adverse reactions, & response
Assumes responsibility for specific QA activities for research teams (i.e., participates in institutional QA process)
Participates in sponsor/cooperative group/internal audits/monitoring
Assists with development & review of institutional SOPs pertaining to performance of clinical research
Maintains records of correspondence of faxes, e-mails, IRB/JCCI submissions, FDA submissions, etc.
Independently/collaboratively performs responsibilities of Level I
Collaborate closely with study coordinator on patient updates and clinical issues to ensure prompt, accurate reporting to sponsor or other entities is handled within protocol/ regulatory guidelines.
B. Education 1. Patient/Family Education
Provides initial and ongoing education to patients and families regarding pertinent clinical trial and clinical management issues.
2. Staff Education
Participates in orientation process for new Clinical Research Nurses and Clinical Associates, including mentoring and preceptoring.
Coordinates and/or presents continuing education/inservice programs for clinical team/outpatient treatment nurses and or phlebotomy staff as appropriate.
Attends and participates in inservice and external trainings, workshops, conferences, and other relevant programs for professional growth and development as relevant.
Collaborates with other members of the research team in preparing study results for presentation/publication.
Given opportunities, authors/coauthors manuscripts for publication in the nursing literature and/or presentation at conferences related to areas of expertise.
Identifies nursing research questions related to protocol populations/issues and, with assistance, collaboration, and appropriate financial support, implements nursing research within departmental priorities.
Takes advantage of opportunities to make presentations in local community regarding research projects, areas of expertise, etc.
C. Clinical Practice 1. Planning
Identifies need and incorporates information from other health care disciplines into clinical research protocol.
Plans long-term study patient care in relation to identified and potential problems related to assigned research protocols/patient populations.
Collaborates with health care team to coordinate and facilitate protocol requirements for assigned clinical trials.
3. Evaluation: Evaluates the effectiveness of nursing care s/he has planned, administered, or delegated.
Evaluates patients response to interventions outlined on study protocol; proposes alternative methods to meet individual patient needs;
Evaluates effectiveness of nursing care planned on a long-term basis.
Gives rationale for action/inaction based on scientific principles, practice experience, and internal/external regulations.
Evaluates patients participation in assigned clinical trials and identifies barriers to compliance.
Plans, proposes and evaluates means to overcome identified barriers to protocol compliance.
Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with members of other health care disciplines in order to facilitate clinical and research outcomes.
Provides guidance and direction to other health care professionals (internal and external) in implementation of research protocols.
Evaluates effectiveness of collaborative role with other health care professionals.
E. Clinical Responsibilities
Perform clinical duties as assigned.
F. Supervisory Responsibilities: Provides supervision and oversight of Clinical Associates as assigned. G. Supervision: Reports to Research Nurse Manager, Lead Research Nurse, and Principal Investigator(s). H. Working Conditions
Possible exposure to communicable diseases, hazardous materials, radiation, and pharmacologic agents. Safety regulations must be followed.
Work schedules are determined by protocol activity and may demand flexible and/or extended work hours.
Individual must be a registered nurse, licensed in the State of Maryland or state where practicing. Bachelor's degree in nursing or related discipline required. Master's degree strongly preferred. Minimum of two years’ experience in the specialty or a related area required. Additional experience may substitute for bachelor's degree; Related master's degree may be considered in lieu of experience to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula. Current American Heart Association or American Red Cross CPR certification required. Must maintain current licensure and certification during duration of employment. Acceptable completion of the JHH or BMC credentialing process is required within two weeks of start date.
Experience as a clinical research nurse strongly preferred. Three years direct patient care in an Oncology setting is strongly preferred, with ast least one additonal year as a Clinical Research Nurse I or equivalent. Demonstrated knowledge of computer applications and databases and of personal computer systems is highly desirable. Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the lifespan and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patients requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs, and to provide the care needed as described in the unit/area/department policies and procedures. Knowledge of investigational therapies which require special expertise and clinical care management. Highly effective verbal and written communication skills are required.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job
Classified Title: Sr. Research Nurse Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MF Starting Salary Range: $70,805 - $97,435/Annually Employee Group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (37.5 Hours/Week) Exempt Status: Exempt Location: School of Medicine - East Baltimore Campus Department Name: Oncology Personnel Area: School of Medicine
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