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Specializes in ICU (med/surgical/transplant/neuro/ent).

I currently work in the ICU (over a year) but have been trying to get into the research field (pre-nursing I worked 3 years as a research assistant in animal research). I have been trying to make contacts with my hospital system's research institute, but its been difficult. I was wondering if anybody here worked/has worked as a research nurse at a hospital and how it differed from academic or industry/private clinical research.

Any info is always greatly appreciated. :yeah:


Specializes in ICU (med/surgical/transplant/neuro/ent).

Sorry for the thread title typo, can the mod fix it?


Specializes in ICU (med/surgical/transplant/neuro/ent).

Hey! I was wondering if anybody had anything to add to my original post from way back when. I have been working hard in the ICU but keeping an eye on research positions in my area. Amazingly, I discovered one available at my hospital, and I might be able to get an interview. Unfortunately I have not been able to shadow any hospital based research coordinators/research nurses and have had to place researching research on the backburner, so I still don't have an answer to my original question.

Thanks for any info.

FYI the position is in transplant research

Rob72, ASN, RN

Specializes in Infectious Disease, Neuro, Research.

There isn't a whole lot of difference, just where the money comes from. Some facilities court industry heavily (drug/device studies proposed by manufacturers), some are primarily investigator initiated (grants). Your overall function will fall into one, or a combination of the following:

1) Administrative/Regulatory- formualting, proofing and negotiating the budget, contract, grant proposal, Informed Consent/HIPPA.

2) Participant management- enrollment, administration of study products/procedures, rating scales and evaluations, labs, etc..

Different facilities and companies delegate these responsibilities in different ways. Feel free to email me, if you wish- rcox1 AT ouhsc DOT edu