Advanced education/training necessary to become research nurse

  1. I have been and OB/GYN nurse (RN/BSN) for 20+ years, 10 in labor and delivery and 10 in office nursing. I worked as a research coordinator 10 years ago for a 3-year study and am now thinking about returning to research. It doesn't seem any advanced training beyond BSN is usually required but sometimes "preferred". I am wondering what others experience is with this? I have considered taking an online clinical trials course for review but they are expensive--also am considering getting my MSN or MPH, to allow for additional opportunities/positions. Any input would be wonderful!
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  3. by   anc33
    I think that the advance education is great but not necessary to get good jobs in research. You already have over two years of experience. It would be more beneficial to find someplace to "re-wet your feet" and then get your CCRC certification. I think that may open up more opportunities for you.
  4. by   BSNinOK
    Thank you for you input. I figured that was probably the case but I did notice that some of the nurses running the research programs at the University I am considering are masters prepared (the general research nurses are not necessarily, though). By the way--I noticed your location of Gator Nation, FL. I moved from Gainesville to OK four years ago--my previous research study was through UF. How about them Gators--double national champs!!
  5. by   anc33
    Woo Hoo. Go Gators!

    Yes, a lot of the "clinical coordinators", as UF calls them, have MSNs but I know many working as CRCs for the uni who don't even have their certifications let alone master's degrees. I would get my MSN in clinical trials management (I know they have programs at Duke, GWU and Drexel) but I just don't see employers (especially not UF) paying for that knowledge.

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