Any clinical research nurses out there? - page 10

:cool: Hi all! This is my first post...just registered today! I found this BB to be very good for nurses to communicate! I was wondering tho, are there any clinical research nurses out there? ... Read More

  1. by   anc33
    Quote from crescentcitygrrl
    In response to there not being much room for growth in this field: have you considered becoming a monitor for one of the drug companies, to oversee study sites etc? I am looking that direction myself, after I get several more years of CRC work under my belt of course!
    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.
  2. by   BerryRN
    The place I'm applying to is a large teaching hospital/university. There are many different subspecialties within the research department, each one with slightly different job descriptions. I applied to pretty much every opening they had, so I don't really know what to expect my exact job duties would be. I'm just trying to "jump in" since the general idea sounds appealing to me and I hope for the best. How much hands-on patient care is there to expect versus "office work"? I know it probably varies depending on which area you work in, but I'm just trying to obtain more information on what to expect the working day and environment would be like.
  3. by   anc33
    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.
  4. by   BerryRN
    Oh I see...yeah I guess it all depends on the institution and then also which department/area you end up in. Thanks for the info, it helps a lot to know at least what I may expect!
  5. by   L&DNMe
    I have a possible offer for a project manager with a clinical trials company. I am a BSN prepared RN new grad and I am wondering if this is the best way to go. I really want to be a bedside nurse preferably in maternal newborn healthcare, but with the job market so tight, I am trying to keep up my skills with patient contact, assessments drug administration etc. Can I transition back into the hospital acute care floors later in my career or am I going to be labeled as a research nurse? Thanks for your input!
  6. by   jessgonz
    I'm a clinical research nurse specialist with a university with a BSN background and government nurse surveying background. I really enjoy research and wanted to know if any nurse out there works for industry (pharm/bio-medical company)? I would like to get my MSN but want it in a speciality that would appeal to industry (job requirements on industry sites only state MSN).

  7. by   jessgonz
    I'm a research nurse now who went straight from being a nurse surveyor to being into research nurse without haing to work on the hospital unit. The skills we need we are taught that will be relevant to a specific study. So far it has turned out great.
  8. by   ResearchNurseRNCCRC
    I just completed my MSN, but without a "specialty" associated with it. It is my hope that my advanced degree coupled with my ACRP certification will show future employers that I'm a clinical research nurse specialist even though the ANCC doesn't recognize the CCRC as a nurse certification. Personally, as hard as that CCRC exam was, I think they should!
  9. by   jessgonz
    Where did you receive your MSN at? I've been trying to find a MSN without a speciality in it.

  10. by   ResearchNurseRNCCRC
    I received my MSN through the University of Phoenix. They have a basic MSN program that is 39 credits without a specialty attached to it. Of course, you can then seek post-master's certification in various areas to make the MSN more specific to an area.
  11. by   naitata
    hi all , I am finishing my masters and doing a journal submission as my last assignment. I am writing a literature on Venous Thromb Embolism pertaining to orthpaedics patients. My literature as asked me to provide her some information on literature submission style etc. Here is her question "send me their special requirements re articles for submission and get the journal in hard copy and then go to the back or front page and that will tell you what style you must use for the submission". Now I knwo this is clear and simple but I just cant find the information she wants from me. Thanks so much... p.s. never done a journal submission in my life ....
  12. by   HumpbacksRule
    Hi! I just joined today and found your post. I'm a research RN; work with big pharma trials predominantly as opposed to PI initiated studies. Looking forward to reading more posts.
  13. by   MidwestMaude
    Hi everyone,

    I'm a new nurse with 8 years of both preventative medicine and clinical research experience. I graduated with my BSN in December of 2010 and took a job as an ICU nurse, but missed research so much that I immediately started looking for research nurse positions. I was suprised by the great response I received and recently accepted a job as an Oncology Research Nurse. I am so excited to be able to combine my love and experience in research with my new nursing degree.

    I know this forum isn't terribly active, but I am glad to have a community to come to when I need it!