We are currently searching for a Research Nurse to independently provide support services to satisfy the overall operational objectives of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The primary objective is to provide services and deliverables through performance of support services. This opportunity is full-time, and it is on site in Bethesda, MD.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Maintain required documentation and files for research protocols
- Implement clinical protocols
- Act as liaison with Clinical Center nursing staff and the fellows/clinical associates in the Hepatology Training program
- Work with staff on the recruitment and retention of patients into specific clinical protocols; ensure protocol compliance and database management
- Educate patients regarding the nature of the disease process and possible therapeutic strategies and protocol objectives
- Review charts to collect relevant clinical data such as laboratory test results and social background
- Interview patients to obtain medical history, sexual history, medication history, history of use of substances such as alcohol and recreational drugs, previous HIV-related risk factors and history of participation in other clinical trials
- Identify potential problems that may impede protocol implementation; determine if these problems need to be referred to the principal investigator for action or can be dealt with independently
- Examine protocols regarding nursing support requirements and patient safety matters
- Maintain computerized patient files and databases containing research data generated through protocol studies
- Interpret data; identify results that merit prompt clinical action
- Perform physical assessments of patients; analyze trends in patient conditions; suggest possible alterations in treatment regimens according to research protocols
- Perform protocol activities including study drug administration, data collection and submission, patient counseling and physical assessment
- Maintain contact with patients and referring physicians to explain patient’s conditions and symptoms; interpret results of laboratory tests; discuss the future status of patients who have participated in the study
- Interface with the inpatient and outpatient unit staffs to assess patient concerns and facilitate compliance with protocol studies
- Examine and monitor patients during protocol studies; ensure the collection of a complete clinical database on each patient
- Ensure that protocol and regulatory requirements are met in terms of patient safety and research goals
- Participate in scheduled clinical update lectures at the LDB, branch meetings, clinical grand rounds, and various relevant lectures
- Respond to telephone inquiries from protocol patients regarding management problems; answer questions regarding patient medications, disease processes or health-related matters
- Provide counseling and teaching for patients and their families as appropriate; direct inquiries to section chiefs or medical staff fellows if additional action is necessary
- Perform preliminary review of patient referral and inquiries; obtain additional clinical and/or historical information as necessary based on research protocol criteria; direct information to the attending physician for action; work with physicians in writing letters to communicate with patients
- Determine appropriate diagnostic testing in conjunction with medical staff
- Stay abreast of the current therapeutics and clinical practices for patients with liver disease
- Gather data for yearly IRB reviews; coordinate the submission process
- Work with staff on prescheduling the appropriate evaluations, arranging patient travel, and providing the patient with written confirmation of the appointment time and a list of the scheduled diagnostic testing
- Schedule appropriate medical consultations as necessary
- Participate in the weekly patient care conference; assemble diagnostic studies (x-rays and scans) for review at the conference
- Attend professional meetings and seminars
- Review and summarize relevant literature
- Identify and implement ways to improve operating procedures, patient care and decrease costs
- Master’s degree in Nursing with current state licensure as a Registered Nurse preferred
- Three (3) years specialized experience plus a Bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a Master’s degree
- Minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience with CPR certification
- Experience working on clinical Protocols
- Strong diagnostic and clinical skills
- Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Experience with Med-Surg Nursing
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