JOB SUMMARY The Division of Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine at Vanderbilt supports a robust and growing research program focused on clinical research to help understand and improve the care of children with asthma. Clinical and translational research efforts are directed at the pathogenesis of asthma in early life and approaches to asthma management throughout childhood, including multi-center federally funded clinical trials in asthma.
Under the guidance and supervision of the Principal Investigator, the Research Nurse Specialist IV is responsible for assisting in the design of the clinical research, assuring that the integrity and quality of the clinical research trial is maintained and that the trial is conducted in accordance with Good Clinical Practice Guidelines, federal/sponsor regulations and guidelines and Vanderbilt Policy and Procedure. The RNS IV independently plans and implements recruitment procedures for potential participants, manages enrollment of the trial from screening to randomization to study completion, evaluates clinical data, ensures compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives, serves as a resource for inquiries on study projects, manages study-related procedures as required by the protocol and maintains communication with the sponsor, IRB, DSMP and other research related entities.
* Day Shift/ Exempt Position
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Additional Key Elements/ Responsibilities:
1. Plans and implements recruitment procedures for potential participants
2. Manages enrollment of the trial from screening to randomization to study completion
3. Evaluates clinical data, ensures compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives
4. Serves as a resource for inquiries on study projects.
5. Manages study-related procedures as required by the protocol and maintains communication with the sponsor, IRB, DSMP and other research related entities.
Tasks include, but are not limited to:
Participates in the determination of eligible candidates for study participation. Strives to ensure studies are completed in a timely manner through implementing effective screening and recruitment strategies and completing required documentation.
Knowledge and understanding of policies, procedures, and regulations governing human subject's research. Proficiently prepares and processes new research proposals, amendments, continuing review applications, adverse events, budgets, and D&H accounts according to institutional and departmental policies and procedures and federal regulations
Has expert knowledge and understanding of the Vanderbilt policies and regulations governing the protection of human subjects
Functions as a departmental resource regarding clinical trials operations e.g., the operations of the Vanderbilt Institutional Review Board and its requirements for the protection of human subjects
Maintains a clear understanding of the Federal regulations governing the protection of human subjects, e.g., FDA, OHRP, GCP/ICH guidelines, and HiPAA regulation
Knowledge and understanding of the management and implementation of clinical trial operations
Capability to understand, implement, and follow a clinical study protocol and is able to conduct multiple studies independently (able to identify when training is needed to safely and accurately perform orassess required procedures. Problem solves when needed to acquire or deliver such training).
Independently prepares and maintains critical documents required to be maintained and provided to the sponsor during and after the conduct of a clinical trial. Assists with study completion, data lock, study closeout and archiving of study files.
Collaboratively directs and participates in study team meetings
Maintains open and positive communications with investigators, participants, co-workers, other departments and sponsors. Collaborates with other departments to seek solutions to global research concerns.
Digests complex clinical information to determine if documentation is accurate, complete, and to ensure procedures contain appropriate safeguards. Understands standard of care versus research and continually assesses need for additional protections for the protection of research participants and the appropriateness of research data.
Proactively involved in quality improvement through ongoing assessment and through the identification of issues and planning and evaluation of quality improvement.
Assists in budget and contract negotiation and facilitates interactions between sponsors and institutional departments.
Serves as an advocate for human subjects by establishing and maintaining communication with Investigators, research staff, representatives of professional organizations, participant advocates, andmembers of the public responsible for, or concerned about, protections for human participants of research
Assesses and evaluates potential participants pertinent medical and historical information to ensure only appropriate subjects are enrolled in clinical trials
Utilizes nursing skills to complete all research protocols, including patient recruitment, screening, scheduling and organizing of study visits, enrollment, assessments, interviews, laboratory and diagnosticstudies, medication dispensing and other protocol specific investigational procedures
Independently uses and documents the nursing process to plan, deliver and evaluate goal focused, individualized, safe, age-specific care as it relates to uncomplicated research participants and with assistance for complicated research participants
Participates in the ongoing informed consent process, ensuring that human subjects clearly understand what is expected of and from them in the course of participating in a clinical trial
Performs procedures for research as they are described in the protocol, deviating from the protocol only when a subject's safety is at risk and reporting all deviations to the Principal Investigator who willdetermine of a protocol amendment or other safety assessments are required
Independently uses and documents the nursing process to plan, deliver and evaluate goal focused, individualized, safe, age-specific care as it relates to uncomplicated and complicated research participants, seeking assistance when needed
Utilizes knowledge of disease processes to observe for and report adverse events in a timely and accurate manner to the principal investigator, DSMB and all regulatory authorities (IRB, Sponsor, FDA, NIH, etc.) as required by protocol, policies and procedures and regulations
Conducts literature searches as appropriate for new studies and at the time of continuing review. Literature searches are helpful to keep up-to-date in the research field of study in order to determine if significant historical or new findings exist that may impact the risk/benefit ratio of the research participant
Actively identifies and participates in training, education, and development activities to improve own knowledge and performance to sustain and enhance own professional development. Pursues avenuesto ensure awareness of the latest information available to nurses conducting clinical research, for example
Reviews the Research Support Services website to obtain information regarding available and required in-services, required certifications and to obtain important updates. Helps provide updates andideas to RSS group for inclusion on their website. Willing to share tools, forms, and techniques with others
Attends the Clinical Research Staff Council monthly meetings
Attends in-services advertised by the Institutional Review Board, Research Support Services, professional societies, etc.
Demonstrates initiative in self-directed learning, as evidenced by attendance of professional development opportunities. Actively seeks new learning opportunities. Sees learning as part of work
Assumes responsibility for continuous learning, engaging in a minimum of 20 hours of educational activities annually or pursuing an advanced academic education or certifications
Participates and presents in local, national and international conferences
Actively participates in publishing opportunities
Develops and achieves personal and professional goals
Participates in and maintains professional certifications, licensure and credentialing as required of nurses employed at Vanderbilt (i.e., CPR certification)
Serves as a role model, mentor, supervisor and consultant across teams and departments to provide expertise and share knowledge
Assists with orientation of new research staff by serving as an available resource, presenting at educational sessions, guiding new staff to attend useful educational sessions, e.g., IRB updates
Develops tools to assist new and junior staff and keeps information current according to changing research requirements
Creates an environment that encourages and supports self-development and learning through regular, immediate feedback
Assures the development of staff members through orientation, training programs and work experience. Strives to develop individualized professional development plan to guide staff to success, focusing on areas needing growth
Exhibits strong leadership skills. Applies key concepts of facilitative leadership. Assigns and reviews work; effectively prioritizes tasks and work assignments. Delegates tasks as appropriate and follows up to assure completion. Plans, organizes, and completes projects in an efficient manner
Graduate of an approved discipline specific program (or equivalent experience) (Required)
10+ years experience (Required)
Registered Nurse (Required)
Discipline specific certification in accordance with department requirements. Can be substituted with advanced degree.
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