I noticed that there have been a couple recent postings asking for information and I thought I would respond.
The best way to get started in research if you don't have a BSN is to seek a position as a research nurse or research coordinator with a large University/academic type setting. In order to get a position with Pharmaceutical research you will need some type of Bachelor of Science degree. Pharm Co. positions require extensive travel but excellent pay and benefits.
I have been a clinical research coordinator for a year and a half..I will be going for my Certification in another few months. You don't always have to have experience to break into the field if you start with a University setting. Let me know if you have more questions and I will try to answer them.