Clinical Research Nurse
Northwestern University - Chicago, IL

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The Clinical Research Nurse will work on federally funded research to improve the safety of liver transplant surgeries. The Clinical Research Nurse will conduct thorough reviews of paper and electronic medical records for liver transplant patients (both donors and recipients) from multiple hospitals across the U.S. to identify medical errors, preventable complications, adverse events, and patient safety risks present during the process of delivering medical care. Charts will be analyzed retrospectively and prospectively and will focus on the period from operative procedures preparation of liver transplant donors and recipients through hospital discharge. The Clinical Research Nurse will enter de-identified data into a database using a web-based medical record review tool. The Nurse will be trained in the use of this tool and may assist in its optimization. The Nurse may assist in gathering records from the hospitals. The Nurse may also be trained to conduct observations of surgeries to note system and process vulnerabilities (e.g., medical errors and preventable complications). Each observation is expected to last 4-6 hours during which time s/he will record observations freehand into notes.

The Clinical Research Nurse will review medical records in an office environment but will spend time in the hospital environment observing, training, or learning from clinicians.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Conducts thorough reviews of medical records for liver transplant donors and recipients in accordance with the methodology developed by the team to identify system and process vulnerabilities leading to medical errors or preventable complications;
  • Works as a team locally and nationally--develop positive working relationships with clinicians and relevant hospital administrators in hospitals across the United States and participate in training them about systems and processes related to patient safety;
  • Conducts observations of surgeries to identify system and process vulnerabilities that present patient safety risks;
  • Assists the project team with reporting deliverables;
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • A Nursing degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired;
  • 1-2 years clinical experience or 3 years of related research experience or the equivalent combination of knowledge and skills;
  • 1-2 years research experience;
  • Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before conducting any reviews & must re-certify every 3 years.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer
Date Posted: 2/26/2013

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