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Working As A 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

  • $67,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Nurse Do At Texas Health Resources

* Join a Healthcare System that is ranked #1 as Fortune’s 2015, 2016 and 2017 “Best Workplaces in Health Care" where Helping Hands and Caring Hearts makes a difference!
* At Texas Health we are dedicated to finding people to help us fulfill our commitment to make health care human again.
* We staff our exemplary hospital with health care professionals who approach every patient, every colleague, every physician and every family member with compassion.
* Come join us on our Journey as we rise to the next level!
* Our Trauma Program Manager is looking for an RN Trauma Research for our Dallas hospital

What Does A Research Nurse Do At University of Utah

* Successfully learn how to annotate and abstract using specific tools and methodologies.
* Review (and adhere to) guidelines for each project; communicate with managers as warranted.
* Effectively and efficiently search for medical concepts within medical notes, (e.g. identify diseases, symptoms, medications, tests, and relationships, as well as indicate the clinical reasoning that takes place given a use case).
* Work independently to meet deadlines for both project-specific and non-project tasks.
* Implement and perform quality measures to ensure adherence to established standards.
* ObtainHIPAA,IRBCITIcourse training certifications, and all other required training certifications.
* Maintain ongoing training certifications as required.
* This position has no responsibility for providing care to patients.
* This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.
* It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job

What Does A Research Nurse Do At Albert Einstein College

* Interfacing with P
* I.s and Research Study teams to assist in completing protocols.
* Ensuring that proper Signed Informed Consent is present and maintained in subject chart.
* Perform and document quality control checks as necessary.
* Placement and maintenance of Intravenous catheters and phlebotomy.
* Biosample collection (blood, urine, sputum, stool, wound, CSF, etc.)
* Administration of investigational medications as needed per protocol.
* Performance of EKGs.
* Use of glucometer and may be trained to perform semi-automated (e.g. glucose at the bedside) assays.
* Administration of I
* V. infusions together with nursing staff, Investigators and study teams.
* Ensure that clinical research records are available and appropriate for protocols.
* Execute appropriate documentation of nursing care (electronic or hand written).
* Maintain and stock the study suite and outpatient exam rooms.
* Assist in arranging and scheduling outpatient visits.
* Tasks in which s/he may participate:
* S/he may participate in the design and implementation of studies.
* Depending on the nature of the protocol, the needs of the PI and the ICTR leadership, s/he may provide informed consent, survey completion, adverse event reporting, and data collection for studies.
* S/he will be expected to learn the use of electronic registration, scheduling and record-keeping systems, as well as electronic protocol application tracking systems, and other systems as required.
* Performs other job-related functions as assigned.
* Supervision:
* The per diem nurse will work under the supervision of and report directly to the ICTR Director or Associate Director.
* The per diem nurse will be expected to also report to the project Principal Investigator (PI) any and all adverse events/problems with the performance of research protocols.
* The per diem nurse will be expected to work together with the ICTR staff and administration to ensure smooth daily interaction

What Does A Research Nurse Do At New York Blood Center

* Performing all aspects of research protocols including informed consent, physical exams, medical history, phlebotomy, peripheral intravenous catheter placement, and administration of study protocols including but not limited to intramuscular and subcutaneous injections while adhering to study protocol and Good Clinical Practices (GCP).
* Determining the eligibility of screened study participants through physical exam, medical history, laboratory results and other research procedures.
* Assessing and managing reactions to study products and adverse events utilizing clinical judgment and experience while following proper adverse event and safety reporting requirements under supervision from the study physician/Principal Investigator.
* Counseling research participants about HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, and conducting testing for HIV and sexually transmitted infections.
* Conducting structured interviews with research study participants on medical and behavioral issues.
* Performing phlebotomy, inserting peripheral intravenous catheters, and collecting other specimens.
* Serving as a resource for non-clinical staff.
* Maintaining records and completing study-related case report forms and sourcing documentation per protocol requirements.
* Maintaining confidentiality of study participants and adhering to principles of Human Subjects Protection (HSP) and Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP).
* Participating in quality assurance activities in collaboration with the site’s Data Management staff and the network’s Statistical and Data Management Center.
* Adhering to study protocols, and other appropriate regulations, procedures and policies

What Does A Research Nurse Do At Johns Hopkins University

* Recruit, screen and enroll eligible patients into clinical protocols.
* Explain the protocol in detail and obtain informed consent from potential patient in accordance with the Joint Committee on Clinical Investigation which operates in compliance with the U
* S. Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Health and Human Services Title 45 Part 46 as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and good clinical practice standards.
* Collect necessary data through patient interviews including, but not limited to, past medical history, present illness, social history, family history, medication history.
* Coordinate and document all aspects of patient care (including telephone contact with patient, or friends/family of the patient; conversations with the research team and all medical providers who participate in the patients care, etc.) to ensure a comprehensive and consistent approach to the patients treatment.
* Transcribe data completely and accurately to the case report forms for data entry to the database.
* Coordinate laboratory specimen processing and handling with appropriate lab supervisors.
* Participate in local quality control procedures of data through daily interactions with the quality assurance coordinators of the data management team.
* Maintain confidential records of participants according to FDA and NIH regulations.
* Assist in maintenance of statistics of patient status.
* Other duties as assigned.
* General Nursing Aspects** : Perform phlebotomy, vital signs, throat cultures, and other procedures within the scope of the Nurse Practice Act as needed, and as directed by specific protocols.
* Initiates laboratory tests as defined within the scope of the protocols.
* Manage laboratory abnormalities and adverse experiences as directed by the protocols, and when appropriate, notify the primary care provider, as well as both the Principal Investigator and Senior Research Program Manager of the research unit immediately.
* Perform physical assessments of study patients as needed during visits, with appropriate triage and referral to primary medical providers and/or subspecialty care providers.
* Monitor the ACTU 24 hour beeper used for panic results from labs as well as for patients with questions on a rotating basis with other licensed clinical staff.
* Completes in a timely fashion and provides to the office of nursing accreditation and the unit manager the required documentation for continued nursing licensure accreditation and annual reviews required for practice within the organization.
* Other duties as assigned.
* Protocol Team Leader** : Implement protocols as assigned by becoming familiar with all aspects of their conduct.
* Orient other key staff to protocols by organizing and coordinating training sessions.
* Ensure adequacy of supplies needed for specific protocols.
* Act as resource for back-up staff assisting with protocol.
* Develop recruitment strategy including outreach fliers and posters.
* Represent protocol at staff meetings, community meetings, service meetings, etc. as assigned.
* Assist data management team with resolution of data inconsistencies.
* Maintain protocol statistics, including patient status, recruitment logs and enrollment logs.
* Other duties as assigned.
* Expanded Research Aspects** : Contribute to the protocol development process as the Field Representative on protocol teams.
* Represent the Johns Hopkins Adult ACTU as a leader and/or member on national committees within the ACTG.
* Conduct special independent research projects as the opportunity arises.
* Other duties as assigned

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How To Become A 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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Research Nurse Career Paths

Research Nurse
Staff Nurse Case Manager Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Unit Manager Nurse
Clinical Nurse Educator
12 Yearsyrs
School Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Coordinator Senior Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Coordinator Clinical Research Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse/Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
School Nurse Clinical Instructor Clinical Pharmacist
Manager Of Clinical Services
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Liaison Medical Science Liaison
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Home Health Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Unit Manager Nurse
Nurse Educator
10 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Document Specialist Quality Specialist
Quality Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Clinical Instructor Physical Therapist
Rehab Director
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Clinical Coordinator Clinical Research Coordinator
Senior Clinical Research Associate
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Research Nurse Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • French

  • Swedish

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Vietnamese

  • Persian

  • Hebrew

  • Russian

  • Korean

  • Italian

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Real Research Nurse Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Nurse (CHM Research Associate RN) Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR Jan 01, 2014 $80,000
Head Research Nurse Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX Jun 06, 2013 $77,625
Nurse-Leukemia Research North Shore-LIJ Health System Lake Success, NY Sep 01, 2013 $77,333
Head Research Nurse Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX Jun 06, 2011 $75,000
Nurse Specialist Research University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine Miami, FL Jul 01, 2011 $55,000
Research Nurse Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH Jan 01, 2016 $51,002

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Top Skills for A Research Nurse


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Top Research Nurse Skills

  1. Clinical Research Protocols
  2. Study Procedures
  3. IRB
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinate clinical research protocols working with numerous Principal Investigators across different medical disciplines.
  • Assured study staff adequately trained and compliant with all study procedures and documentation.
  • Complied with all Governmental regulatory and internal IRB requirements.
  • Phase I Clinical Research Trials.
  • Focused on data collection, analysis, evaluation and distribution of blood chemistry values for rapid evaluation of nourishment.

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