Research Nurse/Clinical Trials Nurse at Mass General Cancer Center at Newton-Wellesley
GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
The Clinical Trials Nurse (CTN) under the guidance and supervision of the Principle Investigator (PI), is responsible for the implementation and conduct of clinical Trials at the Mass General Cancer Center at Newton-Wellesley (MGCC@NW). The CTN has expert knowledge of cancer, cancer treatment modalities, and the process of conducting clinical research in particular, studies with investigational anti-cancer agents. The CTN in collaboration with the PI and the Clinical Trials Team ensures that the integrity and quality of clinical trials at MGCC@NW are maintained and conducted in accordance with federal, state and local regulations, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals and MGH Cancer Center Protocol Office (CCPO) and Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Centers (DFHCC) policies and procedures. This position is primarily responsible for the accurate completion of visit procedures and collection of information for subjects according to the protocol and for protecting the health, safety and welfare of research participants.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following job duties will be performed independently:
Interfaces with research participants, to support efforts to determine eligibility and consenting of study participants according to protocol.
Assists the principal investigator in the process of assuring adequate informed consent for patients interested in participating in a clinical trial.
Participates in recruitment and selection of study participants by interviewing and documenting medical history to determine compliance with eligibility requirements
Responsible for coordinating participant enrollment in collaboration with the investigator and the clinical trials team.
Disburses investigational drug and provides patient education and medical information to study patients to ensure understanding of proper medication dosage, administration, and disease treatment
Collaborates with primary nursing staff, for example, infusion nurses 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.
Assures that blood sampling and specimen preparation is accomplished per specifications of the protocol; and monitors test results, as appropriate
Performs medical assessments/procedures including, but not limited to: vital signs, electrocardiograms and pharmacokinetic blood collection from an established intravenous access.
Documents medical data and therapy in patient's chart to capture protocol requirements.
Ensures that drug dosing and sample collections times are recorded on study worksheets.
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. Responsible for maintaining a database of patients, protocol treatment and follow-up care for patients participating in clinical trials.
Establishes and maintains database of prospective patients for clinical trials.
Ensures scheduling of patient laboratory and radiologic assessments, admissions, and clinic visits as per protocol.
Communicates and collaborates w/ study team including internal and external parties, sponsors, PI, and study participants 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. Assures the primary nursing staff understands how to administer investigational agents per specifications of the protocol.
Serves as a resource to other clinical personnel including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health care professionals related to clinical trials.
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: Oncology Nursing and/or Research Nurse experience required.
Massachusetts General Hospital