I just wanted to get some insight into the variety of working conditions research nurses/clinical research coordinators face, specifically hours/on call. I know much depends on your protocol/organization, but I would like to hear from researchers. Do you have backup? (i.e. can you ever go on vacation for any period of time, family emergencies, be human and get sick, and have there be somebody for your patients/study personnel to contact besides you). The research coordinator I have shadowed a few times seems to have no backup and can't ever leave town/go on vacation without being in constant contact with her facility and patients, because there is no one to cover her or her studies. I was just wondering if this was the norm. One of the most madden things about bedside nursing is no regualar schedule, and that when I'm away from work, it still controls my life. As much as I would love to enter the research world as an RN (I was in animal-based research before becoming an RN) and I don't want to get into the same kind of working environment.
I also forgot to mention that the facility I shadowed this nurse at would hire me if I applied. But there are significant red flags that are causing me to hold back. Which stinks, because research positions don't open up every day, especially these days.