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    Summary

    Clinical Research Nurse positions are available in the following specialty areas:

    Oncology and Critical Care

    Neuroscience, Behavioral Health and Pediatrics

    Medical Surgical Specialties

    Perioperative Nursing

    For specific unit descriptions please follow the link below:
    http://www.cc.nih.gov/nursing/about/patient_care_areas.html

    See "Next Steps" section for detailed information on the application process.

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    Responsibilities



    If selected for this position, your duties may include but are not limited to the following:

    Clinical Practice:

    • Exercises the full domain of practice for the clinical research nurse specialty that includes providing clinical care to research patients, supporting protocol implementation, data collection, continuity of care, human subjects protection and dissemination of clinical research findings.
    • Utilizes advanced critical thinking and nursing skills to assess, plan, perform and evaluate nursing care for individual patients, patient's families and significant others who are participants in biomedical research protocols.
    • Serves as a leader in an area of specialized clinical practice and may take multiple roles in planning and providing care to individual research participants or in coordinating and implementing clinical studies.
    • Masters and maintains competence in all relevant nursing skills and the use of associated technology for a clinical program. Teaches these skills to less experience nursing staff and other colleagues. Serves as unit or program preceptor for new staff. Assists in assessing the competency of less experienced nurses. Accurately and appropriately administers medications. Uses resources to validate purpose, indication and intended outcome for medications, treatments and research procedures.
    • Develops plans to address comprehensive research participant needs including education, safety, comfort and spirituality.
    Study Management:
    • Provides nursing support for research efforts through participation in clinical study implementation. Manages clinical and research support activities in order to assure patient safety, address clinical needs and assure protocol integrity and accurate data collection.
    • Supports biomedical research through detailed observations, measurements, and data collection related to pertinent assessments as defined by the protocol specifications and the incumbent's clinical judgment.
    • Accurately documents observations, identifies trends and important findings, and effectively communicates this information to the multidisciplinary research team and nursing colleagues. Provides feedback to colleagues and investigators on all issues affecting the quality of the research endeavor, assists less-experienced nurses in learning the specifics of studies or protocols, evaluates patient trends in outcomes and compliance, and contributes to the design of clinical trials.
    Human Subjects Protection:
    • Ensures that informed consent is obtained prior to beginning any studies or therapies and that it is ongoing through the patient's participation in the research process. The incumbent anticipates and identifies ethical conflicts and plans with the supervisor and multidisciplinary research team to address them. Coordinates research activities to minimize risk. Advocates for research participants and families and supports research participant rights.
    Care Coordination and Continuity:
    • Provides patient-focused nursing leadership within the interdisciplinary team and collaborates with team members to create and communicate a plan of care that balances clinical care needs with research needs and allows for safe and effective collection of clinical research data. Contributes to multidisciplinary conferences and activities regarding research participant care and protocol implementation.
    Contributing to the Science:
    • Disseminates clinical expertise and best practices related to clinical research through research team meetings, unit-based in-services, presentations, posters, publications and/or interactions with nursing and interdisciplinary colleagues. Generates practice questions as a result of new protocol procedures or interventions. Identifies questions that may be appropriate for clinical nursing research. Contributes as a research team member to the development of new ideas for study, explorations of innovations arising for clinical research findings to practice.
    Leadership:
    • Independently and effectively sets priorities and organizes complex assignments and unit activities. The incumbent develops and provides leadership, facilitation, and group management skills to team and identifies opportunities for collaborative projects and practice. The incumbent performs delegated administrative and committee work and identifies administrative issues among staff in the practice area.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

  • Job family (Series)

    0610 Nurse

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