Any clinical research nurses out there? - page 7

: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   RITA2007
    I work in Oncology research. I handle a variety of trials including melanoma, prostate, head & neck, pancreatic, etc. It's exciting to see what's on the horizon for the treatment of melanoma. It's all about immunotherapy! I absolutely love what I do. :heartbeat
  2. by   goodn
    I would like to know more about your organization. I am currently working as a coordinator/psychometrician/phlebotomist with a research study in the midwest.
  3. by   Merlinsmom
    Hi, I just found this site today. I am an RN and I used to work Geriatrics but about a year ago the opportunity arose to work in research. I now work in research for an orthopedic clinic with about 18 doctors. My research experience has been primarily in rheumatology (gout and RA) and we are just finishing a contracture study with our hand specialists. I love it!!! Schedule flexibility, no holidays no weekends, I generally leave early on Fridays and the meetings you go to allow a little travel without being too much. Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself. The pay isn't quite as good but the non financial perks...Fabulous!

  4. by   delta1961
    I'm not a research nurse-currently a hospital based case manager-but would appreciate insight re your career-I have a BS degree in psych-AD in nursing. I am considering MS in clinical research-from your experience-would advanced degree benefit job opportunites??
    I love research-but more importantly want to make a difference in people's lives other than at bedside. any info appreciated.
  5. by   Merlinsmom
    The research work that I do deals with medication/orthopedic appliances and the studies are sponsored by the drug/appliance companies. I'm not sure if the MS in clinical research would be terribly beneficial in this type of research. My boss is the research administrator and she is a RN MS but I don't think her MS is in research (can't be sure though I'll have to ask). I'm thinking the MS in research is probably more for "nursing research" (dealing with patient outcomes, quality of care, etc.)as apposed to medication/appliance research.

    I have been doing this a little less than a year so I'm not an expert by any means. I learn new things every day and that keeps it exciting.

    We do phase 2,3,&4 studies where I am at. Some deal with un-marketed drugs, some with finding new indications for marketed drugs and some safety follow up studies. I was very fortunate that the first study I was ever involved in was one that showed results quickly (here is a link, there are actually youtube videos a patient made at different stages of the procedures that show the difference).

    My job involves recruiting, consenting, pt visits, labs, procedures, EKG's, and lots of paperwork.

    We do primarily rheumatology studies right now. One of the things that is really nice about this is that patients who sometimes cannot afford the very expensive medications to treat things like rheumatiod arthritis, or are just out of options because other meds haven't worked, have the oportunity to learn more about and, if they so choose, participate in a study.

    The consent forms are generally written for an eigth grade comprehension level and spellout procedures, visits, risks and benefits very well. Also the drug companies and regulatory bodies are very good at keeping patients informed about and new adverse events that occure so they can continue to make an educated decision regarding their participation.

    The patient benefits are...they get all study related visits/labs/procedures free of charge, as well as the study medication (which, when dealing with RA for example, can be a huge benefit). They do have specific time intervals they have to come in for visits, but for the most part, they don't mind. Also, if they change their mind, obviously they can withdraw from the study at any time. In many cases, for our RA studies for example, if the medication or indication is working out for the patient, after the short term study is done, they can roll into the long term follow study and continue to recieve the medication and study visits free of charge until it is either approved (this could be several years) or the study is stopped by the FDA or the drug company stops seeking approval. As far as financial compensation for the patient, this is generally per visit and a small amount ($20-$30 usually) so it is not coarsive, it is mearly ment to compensate for gas and time.

    Anyway, I do enjoy that even though I am not at the bedside, I really do get to help make a difference in people's lives!

    Plus as I mentioned, the other non-financial benefits are great. Pay is probably pretty in line with clinic nursing from what I can tell, maybe (very) slightly better, not nearly what it was working the floor but I made a decision based on what was more important to me personaly.

    Anyway sorry to ramble :typing I do love what I do! I hope this was helpful. :wink2:
  6. by   valkyria
    six years too late but i am a clinical research nurse for a major academic organization closely affiliated with a large teaching hospital. i work for a neurosurgeon who specializes in tbi and as a severe tbi survivior myself, i am giving back to those who helped me. i found this sticky too late.
  7. by   go4it2day
    Am new to the site and just finished reading this thread as I am interested in research. But, how to break in? I am an RN who has worked psych and private family practice--with old 3 year diploma and more current associates degree in nursing but nothing more advanced than that. Is there any hope for me? Where should I look? Any suggestions. Am currently unemployed because my family practice employer is replacing office RNs with Medical Assistants! Sign of the times. I am too old and legs/feet can't take the running around of hospital nursing. I've always dreamed of research but didn't know where to look. Should I start with online "clinical research assistant" courses? One site I found is and costs $1000. Has anyone taken a similar course and is it worth it for someone such as me with little to no clinical background? Any comments would be appreciated.
  8. by   Franjcamp
    I am so sorry to invade your postings, but I am at my wits end trying to find someone in nursing research to answer 12 questions for me for my nursing values course. I have tried universities, local hospitals and everyone in the world I could think of. In fact it probably won't even be 12 questions, if you are unable to answer one we just go onto the next. It could be anyone doing research on evidenced based practice in a clinical setting or a full time research nurse in a clinical setting. I can't go any further in my course until I find that one special nurse who is willing to help me. Thank you sincerely Fran
  9. by   CrunchRN
    Go ahead and ask away. I will be happy to help you. Fell free to PM me if you want.
  10. by   Franjcamp
    I sent you the interview per email. If you rather do it some other way that is fine with me. I am a little computer illiterate. What is PM?
  11. by   CrunchRN
    PM is private message. I will get it back to you ASAP after I receive it.
  12. by   CrunchRN
    I haven't received anything via e-mail from you..........
  13. by   Franjcamp
    Sorry for the delay. I thought I sent that to you when I hit the reply on the email letter. Apparently it went back to I sent it to you using private messaging. Once again, thank you very much.