I am new as a research RN. I am very unfamiliar with all the legalities of it but had been given a heads-up from a former colleague to be very careful about documentation etc. My question is, I literally just started at a hospital and within my first week was given 11 separate clinical trials...in addition, I was added as the contact nurse for trials already closed...even though I had nothing to do with them. This is very concerning to me and I'm wondering if anyone feels it's appropriate to say something. If it isn't actually a big deal, I don't want to make it an issue but I just feel I shouldn't have my name attached to anything I wasn't involved with...especially if that means I could be help accountable! Any suggestions/advice? Thank you...
Apr 24, '07
Becoming the contact person does not hold you accountable for anything anyone else signed, they just need someone capable of answering queries, etc. 11 trials (depending on enrollment) is alot to carry, especially if you are new to research. What phase are you in if you don't mind my asking.
Apr 24, '07
Don't worry...it happens all the time....after you have been there awhile you will see that it's normal. Be diligent...read your protocols often so you are very familiar with what is required and be super organized....and never forget that patient safety is NUMBER ONE. I'm sure there are nurses that have been there awhile that can help you. Good luck and enjoy it...it's fun.
Apr 25, '07
I truly appreciate your replies. To answer the question about what phase the trials are in, some are phase 2 but I'm am not honestly acquainted with any yet. the department is in a state of flux and there is not a lot of resourceful people I can go to so unfortunately a lot of it i believe will be figuring it out on my own. Any resources or suggestions would be greatly appreciated...thanks so much@!
May 20, '07
Check out Fundamentals of Clinical Trials. Begin familarizinging yourself with trial concepts, language, regulatory requirments and culture. It is a new way of thinking, but your nursing background will support you and be of great benefit to your trial patients and collegues. CTs are a collaboration - as the research nurse, like all other nurses, you will be the go to person for everything. Enjoy!