GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
The Clinical Research Nurse (CRN) in collaboration with the physician, is responsible for the implementation and conduct of clinical in the Mass General North Shore Cancer Center including trials with investigational anti-cancer agents. The CRN has expert knowledge of cancer as a disease process, cancer treatment modalities, and the process of conducting clinical research in particular, clinical pharmacology studies.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following job duties will be performed independently:
Supervises Clinical Research Coordinator positions to ensure protocol compliance, accurate data collection and sample acquisition.
Develops educational programs for the Nursing Staff regarding specific protocols Develops protocol worksheets for use by the Nursing Staff.
Responsible for coordinating study enrollment, establishing a database of patients, protocol treatment and follow-up care for patients participating in clinical trials.
Collaborates with primary nursing staff to provide nursing care to patients receiving therapy on a clinical research trial. In collaboration with the Nursing Staff, assesses patients on study for complications related to therapy. Communicates observations/findings to attending physicians and in medical records as required.
Assists the principal investigator in the process of assuring adequate informed consent.
Assures the primary nursing staff understands how to administer investigational agents per specifications of the protocol.
Assures that blood sampling and specimen preparation is accomplished per specifications of the protocol; and monitors test results, as appropriate
Documents clinical study and therapy in patient's chart and all other databases as required.
Ensures that drug dosing and sample collections times are recorded on study worksheets.
Provides in-service training and serves as a resource to other clinical personnel including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied healthcare professionals.
Communicates with referring and affiliated physicians to ensure documentation of clinical findings throughout the clinical trial.
Collaborates with attending physicians to identify and recruit patients eligible for clinical trial.
Establishes and maintains database of prospective patients for clinical trials.
Oversees scheduling of patient laboratory and radiologic assessments, admissions, and clinic visits. Establishes mechanisms to ensure complete and accurate data collection and documentation.
SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED: Ability to work independently and as a team member. Analytical skills and ability to resolve problems. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills Working knowledge of various computer applications and electronic medical record systems. Experience with EPIC preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, and/or REGISTRATIONS: Current MA licensure as Registered Nurse
EDUCATION: BSN preferred.
EXPERIENCE: At least 3 years of Oncology Nursing experience is preferred