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Working As A Clinical Research Nurse

  • 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 Research Nurse Do At Leidos

* Participates in research participant recruitment
* Participates in screening potential research participants for eligibility
* Obtains all appropriate outside records to support prior history, treatments, and eligibility and sends to NIH Clinical Center Medical Records Department
* Facilitates the initial and ongoing informed consent or assent process
* Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to create and communicate a plan of care that allows for safe and effective collection of clinical research data
* Contributes to the development of case report forms
* Develops study-specific materials for research participant education
* Participates in the setup and management of study-specific databases
* Coordinates research participant study visits
* Facilitates scheduling and coordination of study procedures
* Educates the research participant and family on participant’s current clinical condition and/or disease process
* Monitors research participant and reports potential adverse events to a member of the research team
* Records research data (vital signs, administration of a research compound, participant responses, etc.) in approved source document (medical record, case report forms, etc.)
* Participates in the identification and reporting of research trends
* Collaborates with Protocol Navigator to maintain accurate and complete regulatory binder
* Participates in Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions
* Participates in quality assurance initiatives (responds to queries, assists with attribution of adverse events, attends weekly meeting with data management staff, and responds to monitoring and auditing reports)
* Participates in study initiation, monitoring and close out visits
* Assists in providing resolution to participant inquiries and concerns

What Does A Clinical Research Nurse Do At Battelle Memorial Institute

* This position will be part of a team to provide technical professional services within Joint Base San Antonio in support of the Air Force Medical Service Enterprise supporting Clinical Investigations Program and Clinical Research mission.
* The incumbent will collaborate with enterprise-wide Principal Investigators to develop research protocols that includes human subjects research and associated Institutional Review Board (IRB) regulatory compliance approvals for the various pilot evaluations to also include animal subjects/ Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approvals.
* Specifically:
* Provides medical support and technical expertise as a member of the research team to complete research-related tasks in compliance with federal, DoD and AF research guidelines
* Manages all areas of clinical trials, including protocol development, regulatory submissions, and data management.
* Prepares protocol submissions, informed consent forms, annual reports, and study amendments for appropriate IRBs of record and provides documentation submissions in accordance with federal and local regulations.
* Develops and maintains study source documents and Case Report Forms, prepares study timelines, and when necessary, reports adverse events to the appropriate government principal investigators.
* Support government executive director (s) in the planning, evaluation, implementation, and documentation of scientific research utilizing specimens for clinical projects
* Coordinate clinical experiment scheduling and collection of data, works with clinical research assistants, recruits clinical study participants, provides and provides ethical oversight in support of the clinical study
* Document results of study participants in accordance with protocols; schedules and coordinates research resources; gathers, compilation, organizes, analysis and reports research information and study results; sets up and assigns protocol procedures and animal experiments; monitors budget plans and management; researches and prepares equipment and supplies in accordance with institutional procedures; prepares regulatory and administrative compliance documentation; preparation and delivery of required reports and other research documentation
* May require occasional weekend and evening hours.
* Ensures compliance with standards of care and practice in accordance with all established policies, procedures, and guidelines used in the medical treatment facility.
* Assesses participants for any adverse events or concerns they may have, and records information/data into a study database
* Contributes to recruitment strategies and ensures initial & ongoing eligibility of participants for each assigned research study
* Consults often with principal investigators, project managers, and laboratory manager; apprises them of project status
* May engage in data entry and quality control of participant study data
* May collaborate in the development and writing of protocols and consent forms, as appropriate
* May conduct literature reviews or perform other research support activities
* May participate in or assist with the coordination of conferences and client meetings
* Prepares reports, presentations and other written material in support of the project/protocol.
* Assists in planning and execution of all aspects, strategic plan, goals and objectives.
* Communicates and collaborates with a diverse group of people for the purposes of informing the healthcare team of plans/actions, for teaching/education to benefit project outcome.
* The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job.
* They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members.
* No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle’s Legal Department

What Does A Clinical Research Nurse Do At Northwestern University

* Recruit, screen, enroll, and follow study participants over the course of a study as outlined in assigned cardiovascular research protocols.
* The study nurse will perform physical examinations on potential participants prior to randomization.
* Coordinates the implementation of clinical protocols at Northwestern and subsites.
* Works with sponsors, study staff, laboratory staff, data managers, pharmacists, clinic staff, investigators, and other departments to develop and implement protocol-specific standard operating procedures.
* Coordinates clinical and non-clinical study start-up activities including organization of study medical records and coordination of required laboratory and clinical evaluations.
* Performs patient recruitment and evaluates subjects for potential study qualification in accordance with protocol eligibility criteria, including: medical record review, interviewing, clinical and laboratory evaluations, obtaining informed consent.
* The study nurse will collect information necessary for reporting serious adverse events (including details of the hospitalization)
* Provides ongoing monitoring of patients in clinical research protocols.
* Conducts medical and social histories, clinical evaluations and orders laboratory and other procedures as required by protocol.
* Records/abstracts data in study source documents and on case report forms.
* Schedules and tracks study visits.
* Ensures that study drug is properly dispensed to patient and provides patient education regarding medications and laboratory results.
* Also, oversee accountability of investigational devices and provides associated education.
* Reviews clinical and laboratory data on study patients.
* Notifies principal investigator of any abnormal values and ensures follow-up and reporting of adverse events in accordance with regulatory requirements.
* Responsible for ongoing data collection and maintenance of confidential records.
* Reviews study forms, files and reports for completeness, accuracy, consistency and compliance (quality control).
* Ensures appropriate and timely transmission of clinical data to data management center.
* Responds in a timely manner to requests for data clarifications and queries.
* The study nurse will assemble medical information (results of physical examination, ECG, vital signs) for review and presentation prior to randomization.
* The study nurse will review research billing
* Performs other related duties as assigned

What Does A Clinical Research Nurse Do At PPD

* Administer prescribed study medications, perform phlebotomy, draw blood samples, monitor vital signs and/or perform other specialized nursing procedures, as appropriate to the specific needs of the study and individual subjects
* Participate in day to day clinical activities and procedures, ensuring efficient workflow and adequate care and treatment of research subjects.
* Provide supervision for research tech and clamp tech staff in the performance of nurse related activities including assistance in training on the specifics of phlebotomy and blood draws, proper care of specimens, and properly obtaining urine samples.
* Assess and monitor all AEs of subjects
* Assist in keeping adequate stock of consumable clinical inventory

What Does A Clinical Research Nurse Do At Duke University

* Clinical responsibilities:
* Ambulatory Medication Administration
* Adult Medication
* Alaris Pump Set up and Use
* Other: Type of Research.
* This position is with the Infectious Diseases Division within the Department of Medicine.
* The majority of trials for this position will be industry sponsored dealing with subjects that are being treated for fungal infections.
* This position will be part of a shared weekend call coverage system for the group and could have some off-hour work time

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How To Become A Clinical Research Nurse

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.


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.


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 Research Nurse Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Swahili

  • Czech

  • Dakota

  • Japanese

  • Greek

  • Bengali

  • Urdu

  • Hindi

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Real Clinical Research Nurse Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Research Nurse UCSF Medical Center San Francisco, CA Aug 14, 2010 $106,875
Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner The Rockefeller University New York, NY Jun 15, 2016 $87,000
Clinical Research Nurse Lead The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Jun 04, 2011 $77,400
Clinical Research Nurse I Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. Bethesda, MD Aug 17, 2015 $74,256
Clinical Research Nurse Specialist Indiana Univ. Purdue Univ. Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN Jul 01, 2014 $72,238
Clinical Research Nurse I SAIC-Frederick, Inc. Bethesda, MD Aug 17, 2012 $71,760
Clinical Research Nurse Parexel International Glendale, CA Sep 14, 2016 $70,061
Clinical Research Nurse The Rockefeller University New York, NY Dec 16, 2013 $67,700
Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator II The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Jan 09, 2014 $66,935
Clinical Research Nurse Specialist Indiana Univ. Purdue Univ. Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN Jul 01, 2011 $66,456
Clinical Research Nurse Care Rehab Research Foundation, Inc. Detroit, MI Jan 08, 2016 $60,500
Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator I The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Jan 10, 2011 $58,000
Clinical Research Nurse (Professional Research ASS University of Colorado Aurora, CO Sep 01, 2012 $57,750

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Top Clinical Research Nurse Skills

  1. Clinical Research Protocols
  2. Clinical Research Trials
  3. Study Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct relevant and interdisciplinary literature review to develop and write clinical research protocols.
  • Coordinated clinical research trials involving pediatric patients who participated in randomized studies funded by the National Institute of Health.
  • Facilitate communication within the research team and facilitate scheduling and coordination of study procedures.
  • Interacted with study sponsors, regulatory agencies & the IRB on behalf of the study.
  • Collected adverse and serious adverse events.

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