Hey guys! Man, the last time I posted on this website was before nursing school. What a journey!
I am looking for some insight from anyone with experience in the clinical research field. A bit of background, before becoming a nurse I achieved a Master's in Neuroscience and doctoral candidacy in Cell & Molecular Biology. My research background is entirely laboratory based, although my PhD work was collaborative with a pediatric hospital on the same site as our research facility (we studied neural tube defects). I am familiar with following protocols, dealing with IRB proposals and approvals, and I am published. I have been a nurse for three years now, the first half spent in the ER, and the last year and a half spent working in the PICU.
Here's my issue. I LOVE research, and our pediatric hospital was recently approved as a COG research site. This means we are now opening a Clinical Research Associate position to manage patient's that will be enrolled in these clinical trials. When our director mentioned the opening I let her know of my interest in the position. She recommended that I apply, but mentioned that they were really looking for someone with clinical research experience. The posting stated 2 years of experience required, with clinical research certifications preferred. I have an interview next week, which I know is entirely due to my director's kindness and willingness to give me a chance to at least state my case.
Aside from my background in laboratory research, I have quite a bit of experience teaching as well (high school classes, tutoring, and undergraduate courses), which I understand can be a large part of the job. I am certain that both of these factors help my chances, as well as the fact that I have an established relationship with both the pediatrics and PICU units that I would be working directly with. In addition, I know the pediatric heme/onc physician who will be acting as the PI on site, so I think this may help as well.
Basically, I would love some insight or tips on what may help me put my best self forward during this interview. How can I show my director that I would be a great fit for this position, even without my direct clinical research experience? Is what I mentioned sufficient? I am so excited about this opportunity that I don't want to drop the ball.