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The Department of Neurology offers comprehensive consultation, evaluation and treatment services for adults and children with neurological disorders, through its clinical facilities at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, VA Puget Sound Health Care System and Seattle Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center. Through our commitment to research, we continue to gain insight and understanding into the normal and abnormal functions of the human nervous system and how to care for related disorders. We are then able to share the knowledge gained and results of this research with our colleagues at the University, across the nation, and around the world. The Neurology Clerkship and Residency Training Programs represent significant foci of the Department's efforts. We are extremely proud of our programs, which regularly receives applications for training from around the world. Clinical exposure is outstanding, teaching is a top priority, research and collaborative opportunities are abundant, and our faculty are friendly and approachable.
The Department of Neurology has been a center of clinical and academic excellence since 1995, and has a mission that includes meeting the health-care needs of patients with neurological issues, advancing knowledge through research in the clinical and basic neurosciences and training the next generation of neurologists in our residency program through its clinical facilities at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, VA Puget Sound Health Care System and Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.
The Alzheimer's Disease Research Group at Harborview Medical Center is looking for a full time PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT/ADVANCED REGISTERED NURSE PRACTIONER.
The ARNP will conduct and assist in the organization of clinical, epidemiological or community oriented research programs focused on Alzheimer's Disease. He/she will conduct examinations, cognitive and neuropsychological testing, perform lumbar puncture (LP) procedure, administer treatment and/or medication in accordance with research protocol, evaluate outcomes of participant participation in research studies, and participate in Consensus Conference. Activities will be with the UW Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC), or sub-projects of the ADRC including interventional trials.
Under general direction of the principal investigators, the position will conduct participant examinations, including performing lumbar puncture (LP); coordinate, administer and monitor treatment and procedures including intravenous and subcutaneous investigational drugs, cognitive testing, and neuropsychological testing; collect, organize and transfer data and biological samples obtained from the participant in the community and/or medical research setting. The ARNP must maintain accurate and thorough source documentation on each subject and enter visit data into electronic case report forms in a timely and efficient manner as required by trial protocols. The candidate will apply an advanced knowledge of nursing practices necessary for assessing the neurological status of participants after physical exam, for monitoring for adverse drug reactions, and triaging phone calls by subjects regarding adverse reactions.
Participant Management :
Implement research protocols at HMC, integrating research and clinical requirements to ensure participant safety and protocol compliance.
Communicate research requirements effectively with all providers involved in participant care. Due to the nature of the study visits, the ARNP must have flexibility in scheduling visits and be willing to work earlier or later than his or her typical shift.
Manage complex participant and hospital schedules. Align research requirements and clinical care to ensure collection of accurate and reliable data. Be able to coordinate multi-day study visits and respond appropriately to unanticipated changes in schedule.
Perform physical exams for cognitively normal, mildly cognitively impaired and early dementia annual ADRC visits.
Communicate with potential research subjects by phone or in person, including telephone screening for studies.
Perform lumbar punctures.
Conduct necessary assessments including physical assessments, administer questionnaires, take vitals and medical histories, and conduct cognitive and neuropsychological screening exams.
Administer investigational study medications frequently, both intravenous and subcutaneous.
Must be able to perform blood draws.
Assess participant reaction to treatment and/or medication as part of research protocol and recommend course of action within the research parameters to the principal investigator.
Assess family attitudes, living conditions, medical histories and financial status; establish and maintain effective working relationships with participants and their families, professional or community groups and volunteers; maintain contact with public agencies which are involved in aspects of the research.
Assist principal investigator and research coordinator with implementing the nursing protocol for research study(ies); work with principal investigator and research coordinator to write consent forms and maintain files in compliance with Food and Drug Administration's regulations.
Coordinate with research coordinator and/or research study coordinator 1 to identify appropriate subject groups for research participation; determine eligibility, prescreen prospective participants, obtain informed consent, enroll participants in study; and coordinate all aspects of participant's care.
Explain research protocol to participants; respond to participant inquiries regarding protocol; schedule participant visits; ensure compliance with research protocol.
Obtain and record research data in conjunction with principal investigator and research coordinator.
Collect, record, organize, transcribe and verify accuracy of research data; prepare data for computer input.