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Research Nurse Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Coordinates and oversees clinical or field operation of medical research projects. Participates in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating patient care in clinical research studies.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from the Research Nurse in that incumbents participate in protocol development, design forms, write patient educational material and may assist in the writing and presentation of manuscripts. This classification supervises Research Nurses when assigned. Incumbents may be required to travel as some of the testing may be performed in participant's home. Incumbents work with bio-hazardous material such as blood.

Examples of Duties:

  • Supervises and coordinates the work activities of Research Nurses when assigned.
  • Participates in protocol development by drafting study protocols and/or reviewing potential protocols to evaluate their effect on standard nursing procedures; submits to Human Subjects Committee for approval.
  • Prepares project approval forms necessary for submission to appropriate committees; designs informed consent forms.
  • Recruits study participants by referrals or by placing advertisements on television, radio, or in newspapers; schedules appointments; interviews and evaluates potential participants to ensure they meet eligibility requirements; instructs participants concerning protocol and obtains consent signature.
  • Schedules and/or coordinates the scheduling of required laboratory tests and/or exams.
  • Provides direct patient care involving diagnosis, administering medication, and performing tests such as pulmonary function, electrocardiograms, and allergy tests.
  • Coordinates and/or performs physical assessments required by protocol, such as tumor measurements, neurological checks, and blood pressure reading.
  • Evaluates and develops patient educational materials and gives patient and/or family members instructions on drug administration and other medical information.
  • Trains, oversees, and provides current patient information to nurses and other health care personnel in order to assure comprehensive patient care.
  • Completes case report forms for each study participant and documents medical data in patient record.
  • Prepares financial records including quarterly reports, budget, and patient related expenses.
  • Assesses participants for evidence of drug toxicity, unexpected side effects, or other problems and notifies principal investigator; recommends dosage adjustments.
  • Assists physician and/or principal investigator in writing manuscripts for publication and/or presentation of materials at conferences.
  • Inventories and requisitions supplies and equipment; arranges for repair and maintenance of equipment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of nursing care.
  • Knowledge of data management techniques.
  • Skill in coordinating the work of others.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in medical assessment techniques.
  • Skill in maintaining detailed records.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Nursing from an acredited nursing program AND two years of professional nursing experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Current licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Arizona.


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