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Job title: Research Nurse - Leukemia
Job location: Houston, TX 77030 United States
Requisition code: 9451
Date posted: 05/10/13
Job type: Full-Time

Job Classification

Job Category:Registered Nurse

Job Description

Job description:
The primary purpose of the Research Nurse position is to assist with clinical and operational management of research protocols. The Research Nurse affects research protocols and patients in designated protocols. Scope of position is defined by the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Texas and requires adherence to the policies and procedures of the institution.

Key Functions
Protocol Management
Assumes responsibility for the effective operation of research protocols in collaboration with the principal investigator and study sponsor. Examples include participation in SIVs, conference calls, interim assessments and email/written business correspondence. If required by the protocol, ensures capture of research-associated tests and procedure charges to the research financial account. Assesses patients for protocol eligibility through personal interviews and/or medical record review in inpatient and outpatient settings. On a real-time basis, coordinates, evaluates and follows the patient's participation in clinical trials. Collaborates with the entire medical care team as necessary. Provides documentation in the patient's medical record or recruitment log per protocol and institutional requirements. Communicates availability of protocol treatments for accrual. Participates in the development and maintenance of the protocol-specific order sets. Maintains the institutional patient regulatory protocol requirements (deviation logs, SAEs, AE logs, IRB continuing review, etc.) Notifies clinical and/or research laboratories of protocol-required laboratory tests including EKGs, PKs, PDs, urine collection, etc. Orders protocol-related tests, procedures, consults, pathology slides and blocks as needed.

Protocol Data
Assists the primary investigator in collection and evaluation of data. Oversees protocol-related data documentation in the medical record. Collaborates with data entry staff to ensure data is accurately entered into required database or on a handwritten case report form. Evaluates response to treatment, treatment toxicities and adverse drug reactions and reports appropriately to the principal investigator, the Institutional Review Board and the study sponsor. Provides protocol summary reports as requested.

Patient Education
Identifies and provides patient and family educational needs regarding treatment management, evaluation and follow-up in clinical trials through talking with patients person-to-person or by telephone and/or through written educational material. Ensures human subjects protection in accordance with federal, state and institutional requirements. Facilitates the patient's provision of initial informed consent and re-consent. Addresses research participants' inquiries and concerns.

Professional Education
Provides professional and ancillary staff education concerning research protocols by preparing inservice materials. Provides accurate information as requested to the multidisciplinary team. Keeps current concerning oncology and research study management issues through reading and/or attending meetings/in-services.

Job Description-Requirements Education
Required: Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing.
Preferred: Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing.

Required: Two years registered nurse experience.

Required: Current State of Texas Professional Nursing license (RN). Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification or Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification.

Work Conditions
Patient care environment.

Job Requirements

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