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How to become a clinical nurse researcher

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by PYCN39 PYCN39 (New Member) New Member

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I am a fairly new nurse that is interested in becoming a clinical nurse researcher. I have two and a half years of medical/surgical experience. I see quite a few nurse researcher positions posted, but they all require research experience. Plus, a lot of them require oncology experience. I really don't like bedside nursing, so would oncology experience in a clinic setting suffice? I've been interested in research since before I became a nurse. What classes or certifications will help me? What advice do you have for someone trying to get their foot in the door?

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Hi Dear,

Have you had any luck? I'm hoping for some tips as well!

Good luck to you!

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i would say just apply and write a really good cover letter.... ya never know!

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Swellz has 6 years experience and works as a RN.

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Can anyone share their path to becoming a research nurse? I have an interest in research in oncology; while I have oncology experience, I don't have any research experience, and every job seems to require it. I would love to hear how people broke into the field. If it's as simple as 'just apply', that's great, but if you have any tips, I'd love to hear them!

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i had no research experience and just kept applying until I was offered a job. I agree that most jobs say that experience is required but don't let that keep you from applying. are you near a major cancer center? (memorial sloan kettering, MD anderson etc)? those big centers usually have openings so give it a shot 🙂

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Any updates on this conversation? Did you get a job in oncology research nurse? I myself have a interview tomorrow and have no experience so would like some feedback on everyone's experience working in this field. Are you utilizing a lot of clinical skills? thanks!

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What aspect of research do you want to do? Research coordinator? Research lab? Data collection?

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