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anc33 has 7 years experience and specializes in Oncology, Research.

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  1. anc33

    new to research nursing 1 yr exp bedside

    Yes, the job description varies greatly. 60% of my job is admin work; regulatory, protocol writing, contracts and grants, billing compliance, and so on. The remainder is split between attending rounds, recruiting and following patients, interacting with ancillary services, etc. I do not actually do much of any direct patient care in terms of procedures. I do interview patients, obtain AE reports, review meds, administer surveys and the like.
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    new graduate research nurse

    Most likely no. When you are hired into a new research position in general it is because you either have a good handle on the disease processes involved (or just broad knowledge if you are it is general med) or because you have a solid research background. That being said, the NIH clinical center is one place where they do hire new grads, BSNs mostly. They have a very structured training program where you start out doing patient care and, as you work your way up the ladder, eventually move into more administrative roles. Clinical experience, whether that is hospital or clinic based, is invaluable to coordinators. Really prior experience along with a solid understanding of research design is what separates good and great coordinators. As for what type of research organization is best... that depends on your career aspirations. My advice is to find an area of nursing you really love. Get 1-2 years or more of hands on patient care experience preferably in a hospital/organization that has an active research program. Network with MDs and research staff. If they know you are interested in becoming a coordinator you may be one of the first people they go to when a position opens up.
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    Any clinical research nurses out there?

    The patient care aspect of the job is highly variable depending on how your unit runs and your position. My first research job was 75% hands on care and 25% paperwork. That was in phase I where protocols are very procedure heavy (lots of blood draws, ECGs, etc). In my curring position I only spend 25% of my time with patients. When I see them in clinic I interview them to assess AEs, order labs and other tests, prep their drug orders, do teaching, administer any protocol specific cognitive testing, etc. It is very watered down version of direct patient care which a lot of people dislike. On the other hand I know of many research nurse jobs where they are very patient care focused, especially those in hospital based research units.
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    Any clinical research nurses out there?

    I have been in this field for over 5 years now and feel that there are numerous opportunities for growth. I am personally trying to decide what my next move is but there are so many directions I can see my self going in. There is also protocol development, project management, regulatory, grants, working for IRBs, patient advocacy, QA/QC (internally), monitoring... Also, research jobs vary greatly depending on whether you work in a clinic, academic institution, phase I units, cooperative group, NIH or pharma. Most of us on here work on drug studies. Device studies are their own animal and require specialized knowledge. I used to work in a phase I unit where the bulk of my job was patient care and data collection/entry. In my current position I manage most aspects of my trials. We do have regulatory and grants personnel but ultimately I have to know what is going on with my trials at all times. I have recently started writing protocols and love doing that. One day I would like to move into a position were I could help with INDs and NDAs and other regulatory oversight. I really think this is a superb field and see myself here for the rest of my career.
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    Comparing salaries...

    From what I have found research coordinator positions pay less than floor positions. I have been pretty lucky with salary however one of my colleagues makes slightly less than I do and she has been a nurse for 15+ yrs. She would definitely make more in the hospital. So if starting RN salaries are in the 35-40K range in your state then the number you quoted sounds par for the course.
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    Comparing salaries...

    OCN and CCRC.
  7. anc33

    Comparing salaries...

    Around 59K in FL with 5 years of research experience and two specialty certifications. I used to make more in phase I but I love my current docs and patients.
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    Curious About a New Procedure

    I have only seen this done in the OR. We have one particular surgeon who likes using the technique for patients with carcinomatosis but it is not done very often.
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    Research Coordinators with CCRC or eligible for the CCRC?

    There are actually two research certifications for coordinators, CCRC (ACRP) and CCRP (SOCRA). I personally have ACRP certification however I do not have many colleagues that are certified through either organization. When I worked previously in phase I all of my fellow nurses either held certification or were studying for the test. I do think certification is beneficial. Just studying for the exam itself and learning all of the ins and outs of the federal regs has made me a much better coordinator. I feel like I have a better global understanding of the field than many people I currently work with. I would encourage anyone who is serious about research to pursue certification.
  10. You may be able to get in the $30 range in places like Miami, Tampa, Orlando and some other south Fl cities. Outside of there you may be out of luck. In my area, RNs at the big hospital are capped at $35 or so. Of course that does not include differential. However, the highest most places will hire you in at is their mid-range. Good luck!
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    Question about Job Title

    FYI job title means very little. Yes, the CRA title has been traditionally linked with monitors. For example, to become a CCRA you have to be an auditor of some type. I have noticed more and more facilities using the CRA title for research assistants, data managers, IRB coordinators or anyone else who has an "ancillary" role in clinical research. I have even seen some non-nurse coordinators referred to as CRAs. Coordinators also have many titles. I am a RN specialist, others are research nurses, CRCs or study coordinators. As a side note, the majority of RN research coordinators have the title of data manager in many European countries. So basically you have to go by the job description as there really isn't any universally accepted job titles research.
  12. Our practicum consisted of an entire semester of following a staff nurse for all of their shifts. My preceptor worked 12hr night shifts and I was right there with her. If she picked up overtime so did I. By the time I graduated I was used to working 4 night shifts in a row. I was actually very well prepared for the floor after graduation as were most of my classmates. This was part of an accelerated BSN program. I just wanted to throw that in there since I know many people think we have less clinical hours than ASN or traditional BSN programs.
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    Alternatives while I wait

    Honestly, I would wait it out. Is there a specific patient population that you enjoy and would like eventually deal with in your research position? If so, you could look into transferring to another hospital floor. Really, depending on the area, there may be some other non-bedside positions to consider. In our office we generally hire people who have either oncology or research experience, preferably both. I know that narrowing the focus may lengthen your job search but it may help in the long run. Any ideas? I might be able to point to some resources for you depending on the area.
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    Working Conditions, Etc.

    People get sick and have to take time off. If there wasn't another person available for coverage a sub investigator or PI would need to step up to the plate. It rarely happens in reality, however if you are looking at a position like you described then I would ask the investigators if they are capable of running the show on their own. But honestly I wouldn't take a job where I was responsible for everything, especially if you are new to research. You really need a mentor for the first year at least. I am still teaching my boss, ironically, about research and she has been in the field for 3.5 years.
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    Working Conditions, Etc.

    We do have backup coverage in our office as there are two study coordinators other than myself. We also have data managers assigned to each coordinator that can take over certain tasks if one of us is out. However, unlike my experience in my bedside position, I cannot leave my work at the office. Rarely have I had a vacation or sick day where I did not have to answer questions via phone or email. I am ok with this and expect it as I know my patients and protocols much better than my colleagues. I would rather have a one min phone conversation than have to come back to work and deal with protocol deviations, etc.
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    Michigan State Clincal monitoring course?

    I honestly wouldn't spend any money on training or education until you secure a position as a research coordinator. This job is so variable depending on your practice location. This course may provide you with some info regarding fed regulations, GCP and the way some positions are set up however until you are in this job it is hard to grasp what a CRC does. If you want some free training in the history of research and GCP take the course at citiprogram.org. The NIH also has some training online.

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