The research nurse is an Illinois licensed registered nurse who actively provides patient care through a diverse role as a clinician, educator, researcher and consultant. The research nurse works in a collaborative relationship with the physicians, nurses, scientists, and affiliate institution's physicians and nurses. The primary objectives of this position are to recruit, screen, accrue, monitor, provide therapeutic interventions under the direction of a credentialed provider which maintain protocol adherence, and document the patient's response to therapy. The research nurse provides monitoring and clinical expertise to ensure protocol adherence and accurate data collection. The individual who holds this position exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures, including complying with all Rush University Medical Group Customer Service Standards.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities:
Initiates protocol screening and verifies eligibility for identified patients. Participates in the informed consent process through provision of detailed patient and family information of the appropriate protocol.
Functions as a primary nurse for a specific study populations. Under the direction of a credentialed provider, the research nurse is responsible for evaluating current diagnostic information, ordering diagnostic tests and study medications to ensure protocol adherence, therapeutic interventions, sample acquisition, documentation of variances, ensuring appropriate billing process, and completion of accurate data collection.
Provides telephone triage for lab/symptom assessment, information, therapeutic intervention, and appropriate MD follow-up for protocol patients.
Performs specific procedures appropriate to patient population including but not limited to: venipuncture, management of venous access devices, and Ommaya reservoirs.
Reinforces patient and family information regarding treatment options, specific drug administration, test/procedure aspects, and expected toxicity management.
Coordinates the dispensing of study medications in accordance with specific protocol.
Collaborates with nursing colleagues, and other members of the health care team, to insure smooth transitions and optimal patient care management.
Completes Serious Adverse Event report in a timely fashion as described by specific clinical trial and by federal regulations.
Interprets research studies and findings to nursing students, residents, primary nurses, and patient's families.
Supervises and facilitates development of data coordinators.
Facilitates regulatory coordinators or completes regulatory documents including the CDA, 1572, the development of the Subject Information Sheet, HIPPA, IRB application, and Drug Safety Data sheet.
Reviews protocol synopsis with PI to determine study feasibility at RUMC.
Participates in independent physician initiated protocol development by designing and writing nursing activities to meet protocol requirements.
Participates in the development of the Coverage Analysis process to ensure the study's initiation in a timely process.
Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of information systems projects. 16. Functions as a liaison to affiliate institutions for implementation and maintenance of RUMC clinical trials.
Accountable for setting and maintaining the nursing standards of care mandated by the American Nurses Association, State of Illinois licensing, and Rush University Medical Center.
A professional nurse with a current Illinois license.
Current CPR Certification required
Minimum 2 years clinical nursing experience
Minimum 2 years Trials experience
Able to maintain flexible hours
High level computer skills including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access
Please Note: The position requires off-site travel to patient homes.
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