Requisition ID: 015496
Academic/Internal Title Research Nurse
Division/School Keck School of Medicine
Department: USC Cancer Center
Location: Health Sciences Campus
Employment Type: Full-Time
Percent of time for Part-time Position:
Salary Range: $70,000-85,000
Job Announcement: The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.
USC's Cancer Center is seeking a Protocol Coordinator (Research Nurse) to join its team.
The Protocol Coordinator (Research Nurse) assists principal investigators in coordinating all phases of research studies including recruitment. This person will coordinate neuro-oncology clinical trials and trials that incorporate mostly radiation therapy at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Assists principal investigator in coordinating all phases of research studies including recruitment, assessment, treatment, data collection and follow-up for enrolled patients. Plans, organizes and schedules activities to meet research study objectives. Critiques in-house research studies prior to implementation. Provides input to principal investigators regarding the protocol design and analysis. Implements multiple research studies, as needed. Participates in recruitment of patients, data collection and follow-up for patients enrolled in a research study.
Attends start-up meetings for new industry trials off site. May at times represent the principal investigator and the university.
Determines patient eligibility for a research study and assesses patients for eligibility for a protocol. Assesses psychosocial needs to ensure patient compliance. Conducts thorough pre-study assessment to determine baseline toxicities. Explains study to patients and potential patients. Answers patient's questions regarding study, drug toxicities and effectiveness. Educates patient regarding possible toxicities and instructs patients to call if questions or problems.
Monitors patient's status throughout the study. Reviews and evaluates health status, lab findings and reactions. Assesses patients for adverse effects of treatment based on knowledge of the patient's disease and clinical status, which includes recognizing unusual or unexpected side effects that may represent delayed or cumulative toxicity. Monitors any deviation that may occur and are instrumental in seeing that amendments are made to the study, so that the integrity of the study is not compromised.
Serves as a consultant to the principal investigator. Discusses patient eligibility questions and any patient concerns. Notifies physician of serious adverse events. Discusses toxicities, protocol deviations or violations that may require a protocol revision. Reviews patient response to therapy. Informs other health team members regarding patient's response to treatment and/or medications, adherence to protocol's schedule, need to reevaluate treatment and specific medical concerns and personal assessment. Generates data for ongoing evaluation of study, as requested.
Ensures study toxicities are recorded correctly and accurately. Follows FDA guidelines for prompt reporting. Communicates serious adverse events to the IRB, government, sponsors, outside agencies and coworkers. Communicates any patient related problems or concerns to staff nurses, social workers, and home health coordinators.
Conducts in-service classes for nurses, pharmacists and other personnel for new investigational drugs and protocols.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree
Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 1 year
Minimum Field of Expertise: Registered Nurse, California Registered Nurse license, current CPR certification, clinical research experience. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with patients and their families, other medical staff and administrative personnel.
Preferred Education: Must be Registered Nurse
Preferred Experience: 2 years of clinical experience, preferrably in hospital setting.
Preferred Field of Expertise: Two years directly applicable experience in field of clinical oncology research.
Position Type: New
Special Instructions to Applicants:
USC - 22 months ago