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Clinical Research Nurse - Pediatric Neonatology

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
Closing date
Oct 14, 2021

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Doctors, Neonatology, Nursing, General Nursing
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Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology is seeking a clinical research nurse to apply clinical and administrative skills in carrying out clinical research protocols. This position will be involved in all aspects of research including patient recruitment and enrollment, patient education and assessment, data collection and monitoring, collection and processing of biological samples, regulatory documentation, reviewing case report forms, assisting in protocol evaluation and coordinating scheduling of follow-up appointments. This position will work with the entire research team on all research protocols. This is a specified term position.

Duties to include:
  • Perform clinical/health care research activities in a skilled/specialized area.
  • Organize clinic or study procedures and follow study participants and maintain records of their visits and interviews.
  • Administer assigned aspects of the various study components, including therapies and/or procedures with NICU patients, children and mothers.
  • Disperse study-related medications per protocol.
  • Obtain and process human blood and tissue samples.
  • Serve as a liaison to the UIHC/University Business Office in identifying research tests and procedures by assisting with tracking enrollment and reconciling capitation from the Neonatal Research Network.
  • Assist with preparing and writing research progress reports and summary data for inclusion in various reports for analysis and for submission to NICHD or journals.
  • Serve as a member of the interdisciplinary clinical research team, working closely with the Research Manager to plan, develop and implement research protocols.
  • Attend protocol meetings as required. Possess a thorough understanding of the protocols.
  • Enter patients on protocol, ensuring that all prerequisites have been completed and are within the required parameters.
  • Serve as a liaison to local physicians/hospitals to facilitate care of protocol participants when hospitalized at outside institutions.
  • Prepare and present educational materials for participants and other staff to carry out protocol therapy as needed.
  • Screen, recruit, enroll and obtain informed consent for clinical research activities and perform skilled work in a specialized area of research.
  • Oversee the recruitment of subjects and scheduling of trial-related procedures.
  • Prepare study recruitment materials.
  • Develop complex study recruitment materials.
  • Explain the study to the participants' families and assist in obtaining consent to be enrolled in each protocol.
  • Counsel the participant and family regarding the intent of the studies.
  • Participate in the design; development and testing of clinical research trial data systems.
  • Assist in determining the validity of data obtained from clinical studies.
  • Revise and implement change in data collection.
  • Responsible for collecting, assembling and mailing data forms, bills, specimens, and other protocol-related documents and medical records.
  • Responsible for data entry into the NRN data base.
  • Communicate with Research Manager and PI about the status of the research projects.
  • Follow Federal Regulations related to human subjects' research and assist in maintaining regulatory documents.
  • Monitor compliance of regulatory guidelines and proper maintenance of documents. Follow universal precautions and general policies and procedures in accordance with university, collegiate, hospital and federal guidelines.
  • Maintain skills and competencies related to special equipment, medications and procedures common to the research subject population being studied (NICU patients).
  • Assist in the preparation of IRB forms and annual reviews.
  • May recommend corrective action for reportable events.
  • Instruct other staff regarding clinical research and methods employed in research studies as appropriate.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students and the public.
  • May provide functional and/or administrative supervision.
  • Mentor new staff under direction
  • Assist in budget development and management of resources/supplies for study.
  • Contribute to identification of increased cost/inefficient spending and cost containment measures.
  • Assist participants with questions related to billing for protocol treatment procedures.

Department Summary:

The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics is a national leader in pediatric medicine. The Department's mission is to provide outstanding care to the children of Iowa and beyond by being a leader in state-of-the-art clinical care to children, performing cutting-edge research to find new treatments and cures for childhood illnesses, and educating the next generation of pediatric health care providers. The Department comprises the medical and research staff of UI Stead Family Children's Hospital. UI Stead Family Children's Hospital is one of the nation's top-ranked pediatric care and research institutions, and Iowa's only comprehensive children's hospital.

Division of Neonatology Summary:

The nationally recognized Division of Neonatology is committed to providing innovative, comprehensive, high-quality care from our team of physicians, advanced practice nurses, RNs and others that results the best outcomes for children cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Each year, more than 800 babies receive a range of neonatal services in the 81-bed NICU, Iowa's only Level IV NICU that is annually ranked among the top NICUs in the country.

Percent of Time: 100%

Pay Grade: 4A -

Benefits Highlights:
  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
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Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in nursing or a combination of an Associate's degree in nursing and relevant experience.
  • 6 months to 1 year previous clinical experience.
  • Current license to practice nursing in the State of Iowa is required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Highly Desirable Qualifications
  • 1-3 years previous experience and participation in clinical trials.
  • 1-3 years previous experience in a role requiring independent decision making.
  • Experience working in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • Knowledge of IRB guidelines and procedures.

Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume & cover letter (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled at any time after the original posting period has ended.

Successful candidates will be subject to a credential and criminal background check.

This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

Additional Information
  • Classification Title: Clinical/HC Research Assistant
  • Appointment Type: Professional and Scientific
  • Schedule: Full-time

  • Pay Level: 4A

Contact Information
  • Organization: Healthcare
  • Contact Name: Stead Family Department of Pediatrics Human Resources
  • Contact Email:
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