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Registered Nurse (RN)

This is a new position within the Cleveland VA Medical Research & Education Foundation (CVAMREF). This position will provide support to VA investigator on a large scale clinical trial.

Activity and Management: Working under limited supervision, assist in coordinating, implementing and evaluating clinical research trials, studies and/or projects. Trials include: Research on C Diff, and may also assist with additional research studies as needed at the VA Medical Center in Cleveland.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Administer various projects and trials while being able to work with a high degree of independence in interacting with patients and family caregivers.
  • As a primary contact with participants in the study, the research nurse will deliver individualized support aimed at administering and monitoring the approved protocols.
  • Provide ongoing direction, consultation, and support to patients in problem domains as it relates to research procedures and patient education for the projects and trials.
  • Develop procedures to ensure consistent delivery of the protocol.
  • Coordinate with the principal investigator on all aspects of the protocol as appropriate.
  • Assist in developing data collection systems and compiles reports.
  • Train and oversee nursing staff, medical assistants and students.
  • Assist on new submissions and annual reports for Institutional Review Boards (IRB) across studies. Assist in the preparation of IRB submissions for clinical trials and maintain regulatory requirements.
  • Work with sensitive patient-related information and maintain strict confidentiality of medical information.
  • Identify and resolve clinical problems effectively.

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Perform other duties as assigned.

CONTACTS

Department: Daily contact with Principal Investigators, Study Coordinator, and other staff on the project and trials.

External: Daily contact with VA staff, University Hospital staff, patients and family caregivers.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to draw and process lab specimens, and pack and ship lab specimens.
  • Strong organization skills; must demonstrate the ability to organize complex tasks, attention to detail, and adherence to research protocols.
  • Must demonstrate appropriate judgment in the clinical setting, and flexibility and willingness to adapt and function in a variety of clinical and office situations as a team member and team leader are essential attributes needed for this position.
  • Professional and effective verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills to work with various individuals within and external to the medical center.
  • Ability to manage varying workloads and respond appropriately when under pressure.
  • Experience with research protocols and/or implementation of algorithms.
  • Demonstrated proficiency drawing blood and performing ECG’s.
  • Proficiency in use of MS office.
  • Ability to think critically and make decisions independently within scope of nursing practice.
  • Motivation and willingness to learn additional knowledge and improve clinical judgment and expertise.
  • Work effectively, independently, and collaboratively within a team. Must be highly motivated, responsible, dependable and a self-starter.
  • Good problem-solving skills; must demonstrate good analytical skills, sound judgment and good decision-making.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment, and conform to shifting priorities, demands and timeline, demonstrating flexibility and ability to work under pressure.
  • Proficiency in patient scheduling, recruitment of patients, and consenting patients for study participation.
  • Proven ability to successfully follow-through on assigned projects.

WORKING CONDITIONS

General office and medical clinic environment. The employee will perform repetitive motion using computer mouse and keyboard to type.

Exposure to pathogens and/or blood borne pathogens.

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Must have a valid RN license in the state of Ohio,
  • Bachelor's degree and 3 years of experience OR Associate's degree and 7 years of experience.
  • Valid Ohio driver’s license.
  • Prefer knowledge of infectious disease and clinical research experience.
  • Knowledge of clinical research administration and good Clinical Practices.
  • Experience working with CRNs, CRCs, Physicians and PIs.
  • General knowledge and understanding of protocol, human subject protection, IRB submission guidelines and documentation, and FDA, HIPAA, ICH requirements.
  • Self-starter

LOCATION: Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center Cleveland, OH

TYPE: Full-time, Monday-Friday.

SALARY: open, commensurate with experience.

BENEFITS: Medical, Vision and Life coverage 1st day of the month following date of hire. Annual and Sick leave 4hrs accrued each two week pay period. 10 Holidays.

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