Clinical Research Nurse 1 - Hematologic Malignancy

Rush University
Schiller Park, IL
Closing date
Dec 4, 2023

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Nursing, General Nursing
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Clinical Research Nurse 1 - Cancer Center






Active Regular FT (72 to 80 hours per pay period)



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Job Description:

Clinical Research Nurse 1 - Cancer Center

A licensed nurse, who, as part of a research team, will provide clinical care within the context of a clinical research study. Under the direction of the PI, assists with subject recruitment, eligibility, informed consent and protocol adherence. Monitors research participants for changes in health status, including monitoring toxicities, assessing clinical response, and providing exemplary patient care while ensuring the protocol is conducted in a high-quality manner. Educates clinical staff and physicians regarding the study. Updates clinical staff on study medications or changes in status, and may administer study medications. Exemplifies the Rush mission, vision, and ICARE values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provides nursing care to patients participating in clinical research studies, which may include: standard of care procedures, research procedures, study medication administration and adherence assessments, adverse event assessment documentation, blood draw, EKG administration, and various clinical assessments.
  • Implements nursing plan of care in connection with study protocol.
  • Utilizes clinical assessments to ensure patients receive follow-up care as needed.
  • Communicates research-related information to patients, families, nursing, and medical staff, including physicians, as necessary.
  • Educates the physicians and other clinical staff inpatient and/or outpatient on the study protocol and the plan of care for the research participant.
  • Communicates participant health status changes to PI and clinical care staff.

  • 7Performs subject assessment, administers medication, and provides nursing support to perform diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical procedures.
  • Schedules visits and ensures study-related orders are completed for the visit. Including providing patient education regarding tests and/or procedures.
  • May enter study-related data into appropriate databases.
  • May collect, process, and ship potentially biohazardous specimens.

  • Maintains current knowledge of disease/disorder-specific conditions and clinical research trends.
  • Attends and participates in study-specific training, conferences, and education.
  • Adhere to attributable, eligible, contemporaneous, original and accurate (ALCOA) documentation standards.

  • Assesses subject eligibility for inclusion in research protocols, e.g., pre-screening, screening and enrollment.
  • May obtain informed consent and document according to institutional policy.
  • Ensures study team is kept up-to-date on the protocol and safety reports received from the study sponsor.
  • Maintains written and verbal communications on regular schedule with PI and other assigned contacts.
  • May prepare for, participate in routine monitoring visits, audits, etc.

  • Collaborates with PI, sponsor, medical monitor, compliance, staff, Office of Research Affairs and manager to identify and improve routine processes as it relates to the regulatory and operational aspects of a research study.
  • Implements, and communicates process and procedures for data quality assurance and safety monitoring.
  • Accountable to PI for protocol adherence. Helps to ensure research team is performing activities within established protocols.
  • May provide training to members of the study team and departmental clinical staff related to study protocols, policies and procedures.

Required Job Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).
  • Current IL RN license.
  • Basic Life Support certification for Healthcare Professionals.
  • Two years of clinical nursing practice experience required.
  • Able to demonstrate introductory knowledge of Good Clinical Practices and/or Good Documentation Practices, human subjects protections, institutional, local, state, and federal guidelines and regulations related to clinical research with a probationary period.
  • Ability to communicate complex clinical and regulatory concepts in layperson language.
  • Ability to build rapport with diverse patients and peers.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving, critical decision-making, and professional judgment.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work successfully both independently and in team settings.
  • Flexible work hours and travel may be required.

Preferred Job Qualifications:
  • Two years of experience in clinical research as appropriate to study population.
  • Clinical specialty certification as appropriate to study population.

Company Highlights:
  • Ranked among the top academic medical centers in the country, Rush University Medical Center is an outstanding place to enhance your career. Everything we do centers on one goal: improving patient care.
  • Rush was recently ranked first for Quality and Accountability among US academic medical centers in a study conducted by the health care performance improvement company Vizient.
  • The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has awarded Rush full accreditation for three years. Rush is one of the first academic medical centers in Illinois to receive this accreditation.
  • Rush University Medical Center received five stars in a quality rating system by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Rush University Medical Center is the only five-star academic medical center in the Chicago area.
  • Rush offers a competitive salary, and valuable healthy living benefits including: health, dental and vision to help you maintain and improve your health. Rush also offers several ways to invest in your future.

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

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