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Clinical Research Nurse, RN

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children


Location:
Wilmington, Delaware 19803
Date:
02/28/2017
Job Type:
Employee
Job Status:
Full Time
Categories:
  • Clinical Operations
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Job Details

Nemours Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders, Wilmington, DE

Nemours is seeking a Clinical Research Nurse to join our team in Wilmington, Delaware.

As one of the nation's leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 280,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.

As the birthplace of the Nemours health care system, the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, honors our legacy of delivering exceptional care to the children of the Delaware Valley and beyond. Ranked among the nation's best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and honored with the ANCC's Magnet® Designation for excellence in nursing practice, we offer intensive and acute inpatient and outpatient services covering more than 30 pediatric specialties. We recently completed a multi-phase hospital expansion that includes new inpatient rooms, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department. Additionally, Nemours duPont Pediatrics allows us to reach more children across the region through community-based physician services and collaborative partnerships with health and hospital systems.

This position is integral to the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (NCCBD) and the relation to the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). This position coordinates, implements and completes hematology research studies with specific focus on sickle cell disease by assisting with IRB submissions, assisting in regulatory document preparation and collection, in-servicing research teams, recruiting study participants, obtaining parental permission/participant assent, educating parents/patients, scheduling and conducting study procedures, collecting and recording study data, maintaining study records and participating in care coordination when necessary. Will have direct involvement with Phase I/II Clinical Trial as part of the grant.

This individual will be a core member of an NIH-funded multidisciplinary sickle cell disease clinical and research team. The primary function will be to coordinate an investigator-initiated sickle cell clinical trial.

If the candidate has an advanced practice nursing degree, the individual will in addition participate in physical examinations and evaluations and other patient care activities related to the subjects on clinical trials commensurate with their level of training. The Clinical Research Nurse also functions as a resource for the medical staff, patient/family and community, providing educational information and expertise in the area of sickle cell disease research. Individual will be responsible for participation in departmental and hospital programs for continuous improvement.

Primary role of Sickle Cell Clinical Research Nurses is to coordinate and implement sickle cell research studies. These duties will include the following:

  • Assisting with all IRB submissions and all IRB documentation.
  • Assisting with all regulatory document preparation and submissions, including documentation for the FDA.
  • Recruiting and enrolling patients in research studies. This will include obtaining appropriate consent/assent, educating patients/parents, scheduling and conducting study procedures, collecting and recording study data, maintaining study records and participating in care coordination, when necessary.
  • Obtaining any training necessary to perform research procedures with the understanding that training may be off site.
  • Actively participating in the writing of research protocols and all research meetings and journal clubs (which will require individual to maintain a working knowledge of the literature pertaining to relevant research projects).
  • If individual is an APN or patients are actively enrolled in research studies, research APN may perform study visit physical exams.
  • Traveling to national meetings as deemed beneficial to the research.
  • Functioning as a resource for the medical staff, patient/family and community, providing educational information and expertise in the area of sickle cell disease research.
  • Responsible for participation in departmental and hospital programs for continuous improvement.
  • Other duties necessary to successful completion of research studies.

Requirements

Essential Functions

  • The individual recruited for this position will be actively involved in all aspects of the Sickle Cell Disease Program. Although the conduct of sickle cell-related clinical trials will be the primary responsibility, at the discretion of the Program Director, this individual will be a full participant in the clinical program and will be involved in many aspects of patient care.
  • Follows all aspects of Standard Operating Procedures and Good Clinical Practice in the conduct of clinical care delivery and research; collects and prepares documents as required; attends Investigator Meetings as assigned.
  • Develops source documents for submission to IRB; coordinates IRB submissions for assigned studies; maintains regulatory documents during conduct of study; develops and utilizes study participant and family teaching tools for study purposes; interfaces with representatives of sponsoring agencies.
  • Participates in the conduct of parental permission/assent process for assigned studies; develops strategies to ensure compliance of study participants with protocol requirements.
  • Coordinates monitoring activities; completes case report forms; responds to sponsor queries, prepares for audits, IRB and/or the FDA/DHHS.
  • Performs clinical data gathering and measurements; maintains study databases; compiles and analyses data retrieved from ongoing clinical trials.
  • Assists in identifying, reporting and following up on Serious Adverse Events.
  • Participates in training nursing and ancillary staff for study purposes; participates in study recruitment, screening and enrollment so that protocol enrollment requirements are met.
  • Assists with care coordination with family and other community partners to ensure comprehensive clinical care delivery.
  • Acts as resource person and point of contact to staff and community with regards to clinical trials and current treatment modalities.
  • The individual recruited for this position will be actively involved in all aspects of the Sickle Cell Disease Program. Although the conduct of sickle cell-related clinical trials will be their primary responsibility, this individual will be expected to perform other clinical or administrative duties at the discretion of his/her supervisors. These will include inpatient and outpatient clinical duties at APN level as needed to support clinical and research needs of the program.

Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing required.
  • Effectively uses Microsoft computer software.
  • Demonstrates ability to coordinate and establish priorities among diverse tasks.
  • Effective verbal and written communication.
  • While not required, individuals with Advanced Practice Nursing degree will also be strongly considered for this role.
  • May be expected to sit for CCRP or CCRC certification exam upon eligibility.

 

  • Ability to set and meet deadlines; ability to maintain and organize multiple open clinical protocols.
  • Conforms to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Good Clinical Practice guidance; provides constructive critical assessments of proposed studies; seeks and accepts reasonable clarification of established policy from Lead Investigator.
  • Maintains the highest possible standards for work quality; takes direction, accepts supervisory feedback and works with supervisors to accomplish change as necessary.
  • Builds and fosters professional relationships with staff, families and patients.
  • Makes decisions when appropriate; manages resources prudently; schedules time efficiently; works independently when required.
  • Sets priorities; thinks proactively; demonstrates adaptability/resourcefulness.
  • Realizes and accepts limitations.


Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.