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  1. anc33

    Should I Include my Clinical Rotations in my Resume

    I added my clinicals to my first resume. I was interested in finding a neurosurgery position so I highlighted that I had spent my med-surg rotation and practicum on a neurosurgery floor.
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    Needing Opinions

    While having a strong chemo background helps with the OCN testing there is much more to the test material. I myself am not a chemo provider and have never worked directly in that setting. I had no difficultly passing the exam. That being said, if you wish to continue in oncology go ahead and take the exam. It will definitely give you a leg up on the competition.
  3. I am in research and 90% of the time I am behind a desk. While we are allowed to wear scrubs, I wear business casual attire. I will sometimes break out a suit depending on what I need to do for the day. If I am with a patient in clinic or processing samples in the lab I throw on a lab coat.
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    Any clinical research nurses out there?

    Same thing. Titles differ even within organizations. My job title is RN Spec, working title is Clinical Research Coordinator. I have friends in different departments that do the same thing who are Research Nurses, Clinical Trials Nurses or Clinical Trials Coordinators.
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    Newbie with clinical trial coordinator...

    I am going to say it takes one year to start to feel comfortable is three years to really feel competent. However, you will never know it all because oncology and research are two fields where there is a lot of ongoing change. You can make this field a paycheck or a career, but it is really easy to spot the ones that are phoning it in. Just know... your first priority is always keeping your patients safe. Your second should be maintaining the integrity of the research and third is keeping your PIs out of trouble. Some PIs are more difficult to tame than others. Don't trust any of them to know the protocols. Most are aware of the title and maybe some key inclusion/exclusion criteria. They will need you to hold their hand. And don't be afraid to speak up if and tell them they are wrong or need to do X instead of Y, etc. And you are going to make mistakes. It is OK, that is how you learn. People who A) do not like critique and B) those who do not learn from past experience do not do well in research. You will be critiqued, it is a sport for some monitors. If you are a member of NSABP they actually have a mentor program that may be useful. I would also join either ACRP (more expensive but more active) or SoCRA (more oncology CRCs). ONS has a clinical trials SIG and some educational materials on their site. Spend some time reading the CFR and FDA guidances. If you do not have much background in stats or epi do a little research so you can better understand the scientific design of the protocols you are coordination. Never be afraid to ask questions. Best of luck.
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    Oncology Drug shortage

    Of the three companies that the supplies the US with 5-FU, only one is foreign. That company, Teva, has cited "manufacturing delays" as the reason for their shortage. Increased demand is the official reason for the other two. The FDA does not routinely allow for importation of drug that was produced for other countries (not even EU countries) because it may not be up to spec. The vast majority of drugs listed as being in short supply by the FDA are generics. In most cases, manufacturers do not produce these drugs year round but in batches. They estimate the amount that is needed based and prior years and produce only that amount. These drugs do not make them a profit so there is no impetus for them to produce more. When the demand suddenly increases it is difficult for them to switch gears and accomodate the change. At least with 5-FU we have a viable alternative.
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    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.
  8. I too have a BA in Anthro. I did my thesis on odontometrics in forensic anthropology and dreamed of one day working at the Smithsonian. Then I married a grad student in forensics and put my dream on the back burner (there is not a great demand for forensic anthropologists). While I don't draw from much of my anthro education I do think it gave me a much deeper understanding of cultural awareness and how it directly impacts health. I agree with Michelle05 that there is not much that one can do with an anthro degree (BA level). However, if it is a topic that you are passionate about then you should shoot for the PhD. I do know some masters level anthropologists but those jobs are scarce. Looking back, I am glad things worked out as they did as I love my job and the endless opportunities it affords (and it doesn't hurt that I make more than many of my old anthro profs).
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    Research RN Roll Call

    Since we don't have much participation on this board, I thought I'd try to get a roll call started to get us all acquainted. Let's start with your role, specialty area, years in research, certification and anything else you would like to share. As for me, I am a CCRC now in phase 1-4 oncology research. I previously spent 2.5 years in phase 1 research. I am working on my MPH but I think I will make my career here. I would like to stay on this side of the fence as I really do not have much of a desire to monitor.
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    non-clinical nursing research?

    Have you ever looked at the Presidential Management Fellowship program through the NIH? NIH's Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Sounds like it may be a step in the right direction if you like utilization, access, etc research.
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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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    Career Path

    You don't need to be certified to be a monitor although most monitors take their CCRA after two years on the job. Getting a CRA job is all about networking with the project managers and monitors for your current trials. I actually really love my job as a study coordinator. I get to do a bit of everything including writing protocols. I know I will outgrow this job eventually. If I haven't found a management position where I currently work before then I would love to make the jump to FDA safety or regulatory officer.
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    ACRP CRC exam

    Has anyone here sat for the CCRC exam. I am scheduled to take it this Sat and I feel relatively confident. I was just wondering if anyone had any last minute tips for the exam.
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    Question to research nurses out there.

    I don't mean to sound snide but why do you think this job may be perfect for you if you don't know much about the field? Research is an area that is known to chew up and spit nurses out. This is usually for one of two reasons; the person not being a good fit for the job (confident, independent, extremely detail oriented, etc) or having no orientation or mentor to learn from. When we are looking to hire new staff we prefer people with some kind of research background as that piece is much harder to learn than the clinical piece. Please look into some old threads to get some more details. I would implore you to shadow a coordinator for a few days to get better insight into the field. I have had multiple students tag along on my day and I always ask if the experience matched their expectations. I have never once heard a "yes" come out of their mouths.
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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.
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    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.
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    Help please! Do florida rns get "paid in sunshine"?

    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.
  24. 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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