Research Nurse

About The Unit:

Unit Job Summary: Research Nurse: Participates in a variety of clinical research projects/studies involving various modalities of treatment for patients, including multi-centered cooperative group and intergroup trials at a national level, multi-institutional pharmaceutical trials, and single and multi- centered trials, designed, implemented, and coordinated in the Section. Participates in established and future research programs. Works with PI, sponsoring agencies, Medicine Administration, and Office of Research Service to assist with amendment submission, changes or corrections to protocols/and or consent forms. Works with administrators to submit and revise clinical trial agreements. Assists in setting up regulatory documents, shadow file systems, databases, screening logs, adverse experience reporting mechanism, and regulatory binders. Trains and participates in trial related activity from the initial entry to complete follow-up of patients enrolled into research protocols. Reports adverse drug reactions and submits the appropriate documentation to the FDA, NCI and IRB. Coordinates all follow-up lab tests specified by the study and additional tests at the discretion of the P.I. to evaluate toxicities and treatment. Educates potential research subjects concerning clinical aspects of their disease, purpose and nature of the protocol, and impact on the patient should they agree to participate (i.e. treatment schema, tests, clinic visits, etc). Teaches patients and their family members how to administer injections and signs and symptoms of side effects. Provides family education depending on patient's illness and route of medication delivery. Develops resources and materials for patient and family teaching if none exist. Provides in-servicing and educating both the nursing units and lab staff regarding upcoming and ongoing protocols. Assists in recruiting patients for identified clinical trials.

Unit Education: Current licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Illinois by start date required. Associate's degree or higher in Nursing preferred.

Unit Experience: Experience in oncology care and/or infectious disease preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Fundamental working knowledge of clinical research required. Knowledge of patient care fundamentals, including aseptic principles and techniques required. Ability to provide direct patient care in a professional and respectful manner required. Excellent verbal and written communication required. Ability to read documents or instruments required. Ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks with occasional interruptions required. Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality while handling sensitive situations required. Ability to solve problems by applying math or reasoning principles required. Ability to adapt to changing working situations and work assignments required.