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Working As A Clinical Coordinator

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $76,060

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Coordinator Do

A Clinical Coordinator supervises the administrative aspects of health services and hospital departments. They ensure that all necessary resources are in place when needed for a clinical trial.

How To Become A Clinical Coordinator

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.

Education

In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.

Advancement

Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Clinical Coordinator Career Paths

Clinical Coordinator
Registered Nurse Supervisor Nurse Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Clinician Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Clinical Manager Nursing Director Case Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Clinical Manager Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Clinician Medical Social Worker Career Manager
Managed Care Director
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor Clinical Pharmacist
Manager Of Clinical Services
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Director Service Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Director General Manager Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager Patient Care Manager
Patient Relations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Food Service Director Clinical Dietitian
Patient Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Manager Practice Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Program Director General Manager
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
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Clinical Coordinator Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    79.3%
  • Male

    18.7%
  • Unknown

    2.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.1%
  • Asian

    7.3%
  • Unknown

    1.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    66.3%
  • French

    6.3%
  • Russian

    3.0%
  • German

    3.0%
  • Hindi

    2.3%
  • Italian

    2.3%
  • Vietnamese

    1.7%
  • Mandarin

    1.7%
  • Portuguese

    1.7%
  • Swedish

    1.3%
  • Gujarati

    1.3%
  • Hebrew

    1.3%
  • Chinese

    1.3%
  • Arabic

    1.3%
  • Ukrainian

    1.0%
  • Greek

    1.0%
  • Urdu

    1.0%
  • Polish

    1.0%
  • Dutch

    0.7%
  • Korean

    0.7%
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Real Clinical Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator University of Kansas Hospital Authority Kansas City, KS Aug 19, 2015 $131,456
Clinical Protocol Coordinator SR. 1 Kelly Services, Inc. Bethesda, MD May 08, 2013 $103,181
Clinical Protocol Coordinator SR. 1 Kelly Services, Inc. Bethesda, MD Aug 05, 2013 $103,181
Nurse Clinical Coordinator Amsterdam Nursing Home Corporation (1992) New York, NY Apr 01, 2013 $89,741
Clinical Therapy Coordinator Sterling Home Health Care, Inc. Canton, MI Jul 06, 2016 $89,482
Physical Therapist, Clinical Coordinator Rehabcare Group East, Inc. Saginaw, MI Nov 16, 2016 $87,654 -
$97,212
SHS Clinical Coordinator (UCP XII) University of Connecticut Storrs, CT May 17, 2016 $87,074 -
$147,607
Physical Therapist Clinic Coordinator Medstar National Rehabilitation Network Silver Spring, MD Nov 01, 2013 $85,880
Optometry Clinic Coordinator Eagle Eye Center LLC Sugar Land, TX Dec 28, 2015 $85,613
Clinical Trail Coordinator Data Warehouse Labs Inc. Ardsley, NY Feb 11, 2015 $85,051
Clinical Coordinator Paljr, LLC West Babylon, NY Oct 02, 2013 $83,480
Clinical Coordinator RN Express Staffing Registry, LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $76,092
Clinical Coordinator Advanced Dialysis Center, LLC Lanham, MD Sep 20, 2014 $75,654
Physical Therapist-Clinical Coordinator Kindred Rehab Services, Inc. Elkhart, IN Dec 19, 2016 $75,508 -
$79,577
Clinical Coordinator Jopal Bronx, LLC New York, NY Apr 28, 2015 $73,045
Clinical Coordinator Healogics, Inc. Baton Rouge, LA Aug 30, 2016 $72,500
Subacute Care Clinical Coordinator Heritage Care, Inc. Hyattsville, MD Jul 31, 2015 $69,553
Clinical Coordinator Charlotte County Hepatitis C Clinic Port Charlotte, FL Jun 19, 2015 $69,500
Clinical Coordinator NYC Healthcare Staffing, LLC New York, NY Aug 27, 2013 $66,012
Clinical Coordinator Newtown Dialysis Center, Inc. NY Nov 05, 2013 $65,553
Clinical Coordinator Green Acres Manor, Inc. Toms River, NJ Nov 09, 2016 $65,511
Clinical Nutrition Coordinator Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York, NY Nov 07, 2016 $65,000
Clinical Coordinator RN Express Staffing Registry LLC New York, NY Sep 16, 2014 $64,676
Clinical Coordinator RN Express Staffing Registry LLC New York, NY Sep 10, 2014 $64,572
Clinical Coordinator RN Express Staffing Registry LLC New York, NY Aug 26, 2013 $64,572

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Top Skills for A Clinical Coordinator

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Top Clinical Coordinator Skills

  1. Clinical Staff
  2. Direct Patient Care
  3. Family Therapy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Specialized in facilitating seminars on stress management and burnout prevention for veterans, significant others and clinical staff.
  • Provided direct patient care, teaching, and emotional support for postpartum mothers, newborns, and families.
  • Engaged residents and caretakers in family therapy.
  • Maintain safety of all residents and building and report status to management as indicated.
  • Provided clinical supervision, budgetary planning for a residential program for individuals with a primary mental illness and traumatic brain injury.

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