What do you like about being a research nurse? - page 3

I would like to hear from some research nurses as to what they like about being a research nurse? Do you find clinical trials interesting? Is this area of nursing rewarding to you? Thanks! :)... Read More

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    You have a great mix of hands on and hands off. Love it! The duties vary greatly depending on the setting you work in.

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    I'm happy to finally have found this thread topic. Would just like to say thank you for all your inputs about clinical research nurse. I'm currently working as a bedside nurse in a LTC facility, have also experience working in med-surg and step-down ICU. However, I would like to step out of bedside nursing and move into another path but still within the nursing field. Research nursing is one of those that I'm interested in. The tips on where we can find jobs in this position are very helpful. I have a BSN degree but no experience in clinical research. I'm hoping I can break into this area soon. Just have a question though, if I take a Master's Degree in Nursing eventually and would want to still be in research, what specific area do you recommend to specialized in a MSN degree for research? Would a MSN degree in NP or Clinical Nurse Specialist help?
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    One more question, does research nursing require a lot of field work or does it depend on what organization and position you're working for? Thanks!
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    Did any of the nurses here attend a nursing program that actually specialized in some kind of research skills?

    Also thanks all for the feedback, was definitely useful!

    I am trying to decide if going through with an Entry level MSN program would be advantageous to my career goal in research. Would love to find any ABSN or ELMSN program that specializes in research if anyone knows of any.
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    Quote from ema75
    Just have a question though, if I take a Master's Degree in Nursing eventually and would want to still be in research, what specific area do you recommend to specialized in a MSN degree for research? Would a MSN degree in NP or Clinical Nurse Specialist help?
    I work with a Nurse Practitioner in research area. Great paying position with a lot more patient interaction than RNs and LPNs in the field (at least where I work). My advice is to apply for a research nursing position while going to school for MSN. It will allow time to get the experience to apply for the research certifications which adds to the $ potential.
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    Quote from ema75
    One more question, does research nursing require a lot of field work or does it depend on what organization and position you're working for? Thanks!
    It depends on the facility you work for/at.
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    Thank you for all the great info in this post. I am applying to an accelerated program after coming from a basic science research background. I want to stay in research, but add clinical care. It was so nice to see that this is an option.
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    Quote from aggiepack177
    Did any of the nurses here attend a nursing program that actually specialized in some kind of research skills?
    No, I took a regular nursing program like everyone else. Everything I learned about working in research, I learned on the job.
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    I decided to become a research nurce after the participation in Drug medical trials of Quintiles. It was start for my career.

    Did any of the nurses here attend a nursing program that actually specialized in some kind of research skills?
    No. But I would attend such programs with pleasure.
    Could you recommend a good one?
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    The honors program of the traditional BSN program at The University of Kansas Medical Center is based in research. I am not in it, but I have read about it on line and talked with a student about it, and it sounds pretty impressive if your grades are good enough to get into the honors program. Also at KUMC they have MSN and DNP programs with concentrations in Clinical Research Management.


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