Any clinical research nurses out there? - page 12

by Researchnurse 56,024 Views | 139 Comments

:cool: Hi all! This is my first post...just registered today! I found this BB to be very good for nurses to communicate! I was wondering tho, are there any clinical research nurses out there? None of the posts under... Read More


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    Actually you have wonderful attributes for a research nurse. I love it. I work in translational clinical research at a university. LOVE it. It will break my heart when i have to leave and get a real job again.
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    Quote from CrunchRN
    Actually you have wonderful attributes for a research nurse. I love it. I work in translational clinical research at a university. LOVE it. It will break my heart when i have to leave and get a real job again.
    Thank you CrunchRN! I'm hoping it'll be something I will love too. All I want at the minimum is to have a job I don't mind going to...having a job that I love would be a dream!
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    CrunchRN, (or any other research nurse! )do you mind telling me basic things you love about your job?
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    I am a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator and I, too, love my job.

    What I love most about it is the autonomy... an autonomy I thought I'd have to give up with an RN job after getting used to it during APRN training. I also love the perks- steady hours (my training is in midwifery), a light work week, travel, and all the little perks of private sector (easily taken vacations, bonuses, etc)

    This was my first job out of nursing school, and I always knew I couldn't do bedside nursing. But I do miss catching babies )

    My salary is comparable to APRNs with a similar level of experience.

    Eventually I will have to leave because there's not much room for growth in this field (IMO)

    Here's a great article about what we do:
    http://216.147.199.31/Monitor/2007September/duane.pdf

    Good luck!!!
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    Quote from lovingpecola
    I am a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator and I, too, love my job.

    What I love most about it is the autonomy... an autonomy I thought I'd have to give up with an RN job after getting used to it during APRN training. I also love the perks- steady hours (my training is in midwifery), a light work week, travel, and all the little perks of private sector (easily taken vacations, bonuses, etc)

    This was my first job out of nursing school, and I always knew I couldn't do bedside nursing. But I do miss catching babies )

    My salary is comparable to APRNs with a similar level of experience.

    Eventually I will have to leave because there's not much room for growth in this field (IMO)

    Here's a great article about what we do:
    http://216.147.199.31/Monitor/2007September/duane.pdf

    Good luck!!!
    Thanks for your response lovingpecola! It really helps to know the perks of this job to see if it appeals more to me. I do love working autonomously. Working at the bedside has really put a strain on me physically and emotionally. I am still trying to recover from my achilles tendonitis and haven't been able to work on the floor. I am still waiting to hear back from my interview for the research nurse position.

    Is being a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator much different from a "Research Nurse"?
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    Same thing!
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    Quote from lovingpecola
    I am a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator and I, too, love my job.

    What I love most about it is the autonomy... an autonomy I thought I'd have to give up with an RN job after getting used to it during APRN training. I also love the perks- steady hours (my training is in midwifery), a light work week, travel, and all the little perks of private sector (easily taken vacations, bonuses, etc)

    This was my first job out of nursing school, and I always knew I couldn't do bedside nursing. But I do miss catching babies )

    My salary is comparable to APRNs with a similar level of experience.

    Eventually I will have to leave because there's not much room for growth in this field (IMO)

    Here's a great article about what we do:
    http://216.147.199.31/Monitor/2007September/duane.pdf

    Good luck!!!
    In response to there not being much room for growth in this field: have you considered becoming a monitor for one of the drug companies, to oversee study sites etc? I am looking that direction myself, after I get several more years of CRC work under my belt of course!
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    Quote from crescentcitygrrl
    In response to there not being much room for growth in this field: have you considered becoming a monitor for one of the drug companies, to oversee study sites etc? I am looking that direction myself, after I get several more years of CRC work under my belt of course!
    I have been in this field for over 5 years now and feel that there are numerous opportunities for growth. I am personally trying to decide what my next move is but there are so many directions I can see my self going in. There is also protocol development, project management, regulatory, grants, working for IRBs, patient advocacy, QA/QC (internally), monitoring... Also, research jobs vary greatly depending on whether you work in a clinic, academic institution, phase I units, cooperative group, NIH or pharma. Most of us on here work on drug studies. Device studies are their own animal and require specialized knowledge. I used to work in a phase I unit where the bulk of my job was patient care and data collection/entry. In my current position I manage most aspects of my trials. We do have regulatory and grants personnel but ultimately I have to know what is going on with my trials at all times. I have recently started writing protocols and love doing that. One day I would like to move into a position were I could help with INDs and NDAs and other regulatory oversight. I really think this is a superb field and see myself here for the rest of my career.
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    The place I'm applying to is a large teaching hospital/university. There are many different subspecialties within the research department, each one with slightly different job descriptions. I applied to pretty much every opening they had, so I don't really know what to expect my exact job duties would be. I'm just trying to "jump in" since the general idea sounds appealing to me and I hope for the best. How much hands-on patient care is there to expect versus "office work"? I know it probably varies depending on which area you work in, but I'm just trying to obtain more information on what to expect the working day and environment would be like.
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    The patient care aspect of the job is highly variable depending on how your unit runs and your position. My first research job was 75% hands on care and 25% paperwork. That was in phase I where protocols are very procedure heavy (lots of blood draws, ECGs, etc). In my curring position I only spend 25% of my time with patients. When I see them in clinic I interview them to assess AEs, order labs and other tests, prep their drug orders, do teaching, administer any protocol specific cognitive testing, etc. It is very watered down version of direct patient care which a lot of people dislike. On the other hand I know of many research nurse jobs where they are very patient care focused, especially those in hospital based research units.
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