Nurse Practitioner Neurology
GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Under the general supervision of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Nurse Practitioner is responsible for independently carrying out multiple complex research protocols designed to test the safety and/or efficacy of investigational drugs, devices or procedures; select and monitor test populations; administer drugs (investigational or otherwise as needed); collect and analyze data; report findings to principal investigator, drug company, device company and IRB when necessary and under the supervising physician provide clinical services in the ALS clinic.Responsibilities
- Administratively responsible for recruiting, screening, assigning, maintaining and terminating study subjects
- Schedule, perform, and supervise all patient tests
- In conjunction with the drug manufacture’s protocol, perform admission testing, diagnostic procedures, laboratory work, drug administration and out-patient follow-up, including procuring, preparing and packaging blood specimens
- Assist in the development of SOP’s
- Assist in development of research protocols, case report forms and case report form completion guidelines
- Obtain patient histories and perform physical exams
- Communicate findings in a comprehensive and organized fashion verbally and in writing
- Consult with physician and monitor medication regime. Prescribe medication when necessary
- Independently makes decisions regarding patient care in absence of principal investigator
- Review new research protocols to assess for feasibility
- Act as a consultant for coordinators and principal investigators from various departments
- Assist in the design, development and implementation of other research endeavors with multiple departments
- Negotiate budget and selective aspects of the clinical study agreement with the sponsoring agencies for clinical trials
- Coordinate all aspects of study protocols efficiently and in expected timeframe.
- Negotiate costs for services with laboratory/outside vendors
- Responsible for all regulatory paperwork for study initiation and continuation at UMMS (includes application for IRB, informed consents etc.)
- Ensure that all federal requirements for the conduct of clinical trials are met and oversee all regulatory aspects of the research protocols
- Maintain records for clinical trials in manner consistent with regulatory authorities.
- Responsible for the formal orientation of nurses, residents, and attending physicians to the conduct of clinical trials
- Responsible for the budget/operational aspects, i.e. prepare invoices for services rendered, submit journal entry forms to financial services, process incoming payments, and prepare and maintain the budgetary records for clinical research grants
- Supervise Research Staff
- Obtain consent from patients/next of kin for participation in clinical trials
- Comply with all safety and infection control standards appropriate to this position
- Perform other job-related duties and/or projects as required and assigned.
- Provides diagnostic and assessment services. Secures a health history from patient and/or family, records findings, and evaluates them. Performs a complete in-depth physical examination. Orders/performs pertinent diagnostic tests based on age and history.
- Analyzes data collected to determine health status and identify differential diagnoses based on history, physical exam, and clinical findings.
- Partners with physicians regarding proposed plan of care. Formulates this plan of care with the patient.
- Manages therapeutic regime as outlined by established protocols for patients with acute illnesses. (Protocols are guidelines concerning patient care that are established between the physician and nurse practitioner. The guidelines outline subjective and objective findings, treatment plan and follow-up). Reassesses and modifies plan as necessary to achieve medical and health goals. Confers with physician for clinical direction as outlined by protocols.
- Documents patient care outcomes to determine effectiveness of plan of care. Communicates outcomes with physician.
- Signed delineation of privileges at hire between NP and collaborating physician. Must renew delineation of privileges each credentialing cycle including:
- scope of departmental practice
- treatment of emergencies
- physician consultation
- Writing orders/prescriptions. Prescribes medications from Schedules II-VI. The form of prescription may be written or verbal via telephone order. Written prescriptions may be initiated by the nurse practitioner after obtaining proper registration numbers from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Drug Enforcement Agency.
- Assists physician in obtaining authorizations for some medications and therapies.
- Bachelor’s Degree in NURSING and seven years of clinical nursing experience
- Licensed Nurse Practitioner
- Current registration in NURSING to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- GCP Training
- Exercises knowledge of federal requirements for the conduct of clinical trials
- Certification to perform venipuncture and insert intravenous catheters
- Verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients, staff and outside agencies
- Visual and hearing acuity to perform patient care and literature reviews
- Experience in using computer-based tools (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
- Ability to travel to off-site locations.