The Research Nurse Coordinator oversees a collaborative neurocognitive study that includes brain MRI and psychometrics on sickle cell patients between the ages of 18-30, a double blind placebo trial of red cell polymerase inhibitor to improve anemia and pain in sickle cell patients and coordinates an evaluation tool to determine transition readiness for pediatric sickle cell patients to adult care. This position is responsible for other research activities in the Diggs-Kraus Sickle Cell Center at Regional One Hospital.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serves as site Study Coordinator; maintains essential study documents for the sickle cell-hematology study protocols.
Conducts informed consent process as designated by principal investigator (PI) for the neurocognitive study that includes brain MRI and psychometrics on sickle cell patients.
Assists PI with sickle-cell-hematology study protocol submissions (internally sponsored and/or externally sponsored) for review by federal or institutional committees (e.g. CPSRMC and IRB) as applicable.
Collaborates with other clinical staff and performs routine tests as specified in assigned protocol(s) (e.g., temperature, blood and urine tests, PK levels, etc.).
Assists with technical, clinical procedures on patients including intake vitals, triage and discharges.
Identifies and assesses education needs of the patient and family. Instructs, monitors, and documents the correct use of medications. Coordinates patient care with local physician or designee. Discusses pain management.
Documents patient education in chart. Assesses medical/psychosocial needs. Arranges clinic visits and ensures compliance with sickle cell disease, its treatments, complications and best preventative care.
Develops, maintains, and/or monitors case report forms from Sickle Cell-Hematology studies.
Provides data to the collaborating research organizations (CRO) or study/funding sponsors.
Performs data abstraction, collection, and entry to support clinical research on sickle cell patients.
Performs other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited school of nursing is required. Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) preferred.
EXPERIENCE: Two (2) years of direct experience in clinical biomedical and/or behavioral research required. Knowledge and skills (competencies) necessary to provide care appropriate to the needs and characteristics of the population serviced; Skill and ability to communicate with others verbally or in writing to provide or obtain information and to persuade or counsel to gain a particular outcome. Skill and ability to perform difficult tasks requiring analysis to resolve a variety of problems within a diverse scope and evaluation of identifiable factors. Skill and ability to compile, analyze, and summarize data. Knowledge and skill with word processing, spreadsheet, database, and e-mail computer software (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook). Skill and ability to organize and prioritize tasks and work activities that may be repetitive in nature. Ability to maintain confidentiality of data and records. Thorough working knowledge of Federal Good Clinical Practice Guidelines, institutional committee review and reporting requirements (IRB and Scientific Committee), and regulatory affairs is preferred.
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