The Research Assistant is part of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing and is a key individual contributor responsible for conducting studies in accordance with Good Clinical Practice Guidelines, federal and sponsor regulations, Vanderbilt Policies and Procedures, and within the guidelines of the Vanderbilt IRB. The position completes timely data collection and accurately documents data collection. This position requires walking from site to site on and off campus on a daily basis. Reporting directly to the Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator, the Research Assistant interacts with clients/patients, staff, and colleagues from across campus
The Research Assistant provides support for research trials, studies, and projects. As trained, the research assistant performs patient/research subject evaluations, collects data, and provides patient education related to studies. The position follows up with project participants in accordance with established standards and protocols.
With a history dating back to 1908, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has a long-standing reputation for excellence in nursing teaching, practice, informatics and research. The school offers graduate level education in the Masters of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Doctor of Philosophy* (*degree awarded thought the Graduate School).
VUSN is a community that welcomes staff, students, faculty and colleagues from many different professional and personal backgrounds. The vast diversity of thought and experience you will find here will not only enrich your work environment, it will also serve as a valuable foundation as you seek and fulfill your professional goals.
Duties and Responsibilities
Completes timely data collection and accurately documents data collection.
Meets department and protocol standards for data collection timeframes.
Conveys pertinent clinical/research information concisely to assure that the integrity and quality of the data is maintained.
Provides pertinent and accurate documentation as required by department.
As trained, collects physical assessment data from research participants to include but not limited: blood pressure, weight, height, range of motion, and skin examinations.
Assists participants in completing surveys and other forms.
Functions as an integral member of the research team.
Respects roles and professional boundaries of others.
Understands and complies with all VU/VUSN policies and procedures.
Continues to improve skills by attending continuing education programs.
Provides timely, effective communication with all relevant members of the healthcare team according to HIPAA and VU/VUSN policy.
Completes all duties as assigned in a timely fashion and meets all deadlines.
Keeps team informed of project status and planned activities.
Identifies participant/study problems and reports all problems to the study PI, Project Coordinator, or study nurse.
Performs testing and maintains appropriate storage of equipment, troubleshooting when needed.
Performs other duties as assigned by management, multi-tasks and manages multiple assignments in a timely manner.
Attends team meetings.
Oversees inventory of supplies, orders and ships supplies as needed.
Interacts effectively with healthcare clients/patients/research participants during conduct of the clinical trial.
Greets each individual client, member/patient/research participant promptly and by name whenever possible.
Accurately answers questions related to research protocol as needed.
Monitors client/member/patient/research participant progression through their interventions.
Assists with scheduling and updates study visits and maintains study calendars.
Interacts with clinic staff and physicians to insure seamless integration of research activities into busy work environments.
Provides administrative support as needed.
Uses computer programs and applications, such as Microsoft Office and REDCap.
Assists with collecting and compiling data for preparation of research grant applications.
Maintains and updates data and documentation files, assisting with resolving problems when necessary.
Assist in preparing data for analysis, identifying problems and cleaning as needed.
Participates in audits/reviews of completion and accuracy of hard copy and electronic data as needed.
Conveys knowledge and understanding of all levels of policies, procedures, and regulations regarding human subject's research, incorporates this knowledge into conduct of research and participant care.
Understands and is capable of performing procedures outlined in protocols (e.g., screening, informed consent, data collection, interventions).
Participates in determining initial and continuing eligibility for studies and successfully recruits participants.
Conveys pertinent clinical/research information concisely to assure that the integrity and quality of the research.
Uses knowledge of protocol to observe for and report protocol deviations.
Assists with preparation and continuing reviews of IRB applications.
Demonstrates awareness of internal and external policies and regulations that impacts human subjects research.
An Associate's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.
At least 1 year of healthcare experience is necessary.
Previous research experience is preferred.
Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports is preferred.
Ability to prepare and process laboratory samples using established protocols is preferred.
Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities is preferred.
Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress is preferred.
Ability to foster a cooperative work environment is preferred.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community is preferred.
Records maintenance skills is preferred.
Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards is preferred.
Knowledge of the principles and procedures of clinical research is preferred.
Ability to recruit, evaluate, and instruct clinical research subjects and volunteers is preferred.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
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About Vanderbilt University
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