Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator
Joslin Diabetes Center - Boston, MA

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The Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator will provide age specific care to adults and children, with or without diabetes mellitus in a collaborative practice, by using competencies in history taking, assessment and interpretation of laboratory results and related diagnostic tools for purposes of screening and safety assessments of subjects participating in clinical research studies. Care provided focuses on the management of diabetes and endocrine disorders, risk identification and reduction, and education. The Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator makes judgements relative to physical assessment and therapeutic management independently, using physician consultation where appropriate. In addition, the nurse will assist in clinical research procedures to assess insulin secretion and action.

This role's hours are Monday-Friday 7:00 am -4:00 pm range.

Responsibilities:
  • Participates and supports research by developing clinical research questions, conducting or participating in studies, and disseminating and incorporating findings into practice.
  • Demonstrates excellent clinical skills relating to the execution of protocols and procedures.
  • Performs research related clinical investigations, which include acute or prolonged administration of test substances such as oral or intravenous glucose, or subcutaneous or intravenous insulin.
  • Acts as primary liaison with study team for specific protocols. May assist the study team with IRB/CHS submissions, developing study-specific documentation, educating CRC staff regarding protocol requirements, performing data-entry and other protocol-related tasks. May assist with study-recruitment activities.
  • Coordinates the clinical care of study subjects at both the initial screening as well as subsequent interim visits. Clinical care to include: assessments/screenings of general health (H&P), evaluation of adverse events, dispensing study medications, obtaining vital signs and electrocardiograms, performing phlebotomy, IV insertion, and laboratory procedures, and patient education.
  • Functions as an education resource for clinical research members.
  • Implements study protocol including ensuring all subjects have read and signed appropriate consent forms, and in certain situations obtains consent documenting study drug and assist the study team in developing protocol and study flow sheets and other required study documentation. Accountability and assessment or patient compliance with study goals. Functions as a liaison among the study participants, study coordinator and the principle investigator.
  • Participates in the data collection and monitoring of clinical process to ensure continuous quality improvement. Data collection includes, but is not limited to obtaining blood and urine specimens according to protocol and processing and shipping samples as indicated by protocol. Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret lab data results.
  • Documents pertinent patient information at each visit in a detailed and concise manner on designated report forms for all study subjects. Documentation to include: treatment or care, adverse events, and educational compliance.
  • Functions as a patient/family advocate demonstrating an understanding of patient rights and ethical standards in the conduct of clinical research.
  • Functions within the established CRC operational guidelines/policies and procedures i.e CRC room scheduling, use of common resources and equipment and general unit maintenance procedures.
Qualifications:

EDUCATION:
  • BSN
  • Current MA RN license

EXPERIENCE:
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of nursing experience
  • Experience in diabetes management preferred

SKILLS:
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, interpersonal and clinical nursing skills.
  • Must be detail oriented, able to practice independently, multi task, prioritize, and utilize critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated competence in the following clinical care procedures-Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT), Intravenous Glucose Tolerance Test (IVGTT) and Frequent Sample IVGTT, Graded Glucose Infusion (GGI) and Insulin Clamp procedures.
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