Job Overview


Full-time RN for Cardiology Research - 3 year appointment

RN experience necessary; research experience preferred

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

NOTE:  Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected. 

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
The incumbent for this position is not eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information. Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


The Research RN reports to the Chief of the department, Dr McFalls, who is the rating official and approving official, and to

the department Nurse Manager for the practice of nursing. This position is time-limited for 3 years and will provide benefits.

Clinical Functions:

· Evaluate new study protocols and provide recommendations to the Principal Investigator for study selection regarding:

- Patient population against enrollment requirements

- Fit with current research portfolio

- Availability of research staff

- Required equipment and external resources

- Adequacy of preliminary budget

· Screen patient medical records for potential participation in specific clinical trials.

· Conduct the informed consent process with potential research subjects in accordance with all regulatory, ethical, and Institutional Review Board requirements.

· Ensure that the well-being of research subjects is safeguarded and that subjects’ rights are protected.

· Organize the day-to-day conduct of research activities for assigned studies.

· Educate other departments and staff about new studies, providing guidance in understanding and implementing study protocols.

· Perform study-related procedures as delegated by the Principal Investigator.

· Manage source documentation and accurate case report forms for each study subject, record pertinent observations and data obtained during the study.

· Serve as primary liaison with principal investigator, staff, internal/external resources and sponsor regarding patient care issues and progress of the study.

· Monitor subjects' progress, including documentation and reporting of adverse events.

· Dispense investigational product; monitor and report subject’s response.

· Ensure proper collection, processing, and shipment of specimens (e.g. centrifuge, preparation of slides, cryostorage, dry ice packaging, etc.).

· Order and interpret labs and other diagnostic tests per study protocol, and communicate results to Principal Investigator.

· Ensure staff and subject compliance with protocol guidelines and requirements of regulatory agencies. Identify and resolve non-compliance or inconsistent practices.

Administrative Functions:

· Manage the study start-up process, including development of Informed Consent Forms, submission of initial IRB application, and preparation of study start-up materials.

· Collaborate with the Institutional Review Board to ensure that regulatory requirements are identified, communicated, and observed.

· Manage ongoing sponsor and IRB regulatory affairs.

· Oversee the regulatory process, including maintenance of regulatory binders and essential documents. Schedules subjects in VistA; enter notes, orders, and flags in CPRS.

· Oversee monitoring activities by study sponsors.

· Ensure the receipt and proper storage of investigational product and study supplies.

· Prepare and submit necessary reports.

· Identify opportunities for process improvement and implement process changes.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No