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The CTRC supports innovative, patient-oriented research, offers clinical research training and recognition programs and provides researchers an environment for seeing patients when they take part in clinical research studies. The CTRC at Cedars-Sinai was established in 1994 by the National Institutes of Health and funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. To learn more, please visit: https://www.cedars-sinai.org/research/clinical/ctrc.html
The CTRC Research Nurse works under direct supervision providing hands-on treatment, monitoring and follow-up clinical analysis of patients participating in clinical trials. This position coordinates all aspects of the CTRC clinical research, including interactions with research personnel and project participants, data-related tasks, IRB prep and submission, grant proposals, and patient recruitment and logistical organization. The Research Nurse will work collaboratively with the Principal Investigator (PI), physicians and other research staff in providing hands-on care in triaging, documenting vitals, administering investigational drugs or interventions, and providing clinical educational services to participants and their families.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Interacts with research participants to provide nursing care, administration of research interventions and specimen collection.
Provides clinical education services to research participants and family regarding study participation, participants current clinical condition, and or disease process.
Monitors research participant and reports potential adverse events to a member of the research team.
Records research data (vital signs, research compound administered, participant responses) in approved source document (medical record, data collection sheet).
Triages patient by phone and provides clinical information to the patient. May also coordinate patient visit to follow up on clinical issues and provide necessary care.
Assist with recruitment and logistics of study participants. Completes and documents study participant enrollment, assessment/reassessment, education, and follow-up activities.
Performs and coordinates study participant interventions as required.
Serves as a liaison between study participant and PI or other research staff.
Prepares data spreadsheets for PI and/or department. Assists with data compilation and documentation.
Adheres to federal and regulatory requirements in providing direct patient nursing care within the context of supporting clinical trial study implementation.
May process, ship, track or otherwise handle research specimens.
Department Specific Responsibilities:
Trained in Human Subjects Protections and oversee research subject compliance requirements per research protocols and according to Cedars-Sinai Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements
Provides clinical research nursing support and patient care in an outpatient or inpatient setting per research protocol requirements performing vitals, clinical assessments, EKG, infusions, sample collection, etc
Acts as a liaison with Principal Investigators, pharmaceutical company representatives or other project funding organizations to monitor and update project progress
Acts as a liaison with patients' families and physicians, other project participants, and other research personnel
Coordinates and participates in patient screening, recruitment and scheduling, initiating research patient records, administration of questionnaires, maintaining database Excel spreadsheets, completion of CRF's performing data edits with PI's, research staff, pharmaceutical company monitors, etc
Demonstrate clinical competence and technical skills necessary to function in the research environment, as such lab skills, blood sample processing, and tissue collection
Demonstrate adequate IV and phlebotomy skills. May provide mobile nurse visits for research purposes to other sites on Cedars-Sinai campus, or surrounding area
Assists with clinical procedures, providing related patient care when required during data collection process
Coordinates and performs daily "interventional" work scheduled for the outpatient facility (CTRC)
Provides nursing care and supervision required by any research subject on inpatient service
Coordinates sample recovery from surgical, surgical pathology, from other clinics, from in-house patients and from outside hospitals and clinics
Collects patient data for PI and other research personnel by taking blood or tissue samples such as phlebotomy, pathological tissues, etc
Process samples including spinning, triaging, etc, or other technical or interactive procedures. May collate data, assist in data analysis or otherwise participate in organizing and determining project findings
Provides back-up for the CTRC Research Nurses in the outpatient duties
Shares evening and weekend on-call responsibilities with the staff of the CTRC
Shares responsibilities of transporting samples, both in-house and offsite
Establishes system for monitoring and maintenance of patient data records
Performs other related duties as assigned or required
Prepares and updates investigation binder and completes CRFs (Case Report Forms)
Providing healthcare for more than 100 years, Cedars-Sinai has evolved into one of the most dynamic and highly renowned medical centers in the world. Along with caring for patients, Cedars-Sinai is a hub for biomedical research and a training center for future physicians and other healthcare professionals. This attracts exceptional talent to Cedars-Sinai, including world-renowned physician-scientists who seek a place where they can both conduct research and see patients--the ideal formula for discovery and its translation into cures. Our patients benefit from access to doctors at the top of their fields, and our researchers have an ideal community in which to study the impact of healthcare challenges, and reflect that knowledge in their research. The greater Los Angeles area in which Cedars-Sinai resides possesses unparalleled cultural and ethnic diversity which offers outstanding opportunities for translational and clinical research and a dynamic environment for medical education.Although community based, Cedars-Sinai is a major t...eaching hospital affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Cedars-Sinai has highly competitive graduate medical education programs in more than 50 specialty and subspecialty areas, a graduate program in biomedical sciences and translational medicine, a clinical scholars program directed towards junior physicians with aspirations to become clinical scientists, and post graduate training opportunities.There are more than 250 full-time faculty members at Cedars-Sinai. The voluntary medical staff, comprised of more than 2,200 specialty board-certified or board-qualified physicians, represent all of the specialties and subspecialties and collaborate with full-time medical staff in the teaching responsibilities of the graduate medical education programs.