Under the guidance and supervision of the Principal Investigator, the Research Nurse Specialist III (RNS III) is responsible for assuring that the integrity and quality of the clinical research trial is maintained and that the trial is conducted in accordance with Good Clinical Practice Guidelines, federal and sponsor regulations and guidelines and Vanderbilt Policy and Procedure. The RNS III independently plans and implements recruitment procedures for potential participants, manages enrollment of the trial from screening to randomization to study completion, evaluates clinical data, ensures compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives, serves as a resource for inquiries on study projects, manages study-related procedures as required by the protocol and maintains communication with the sponsor, IRB, DSMB and other research related entities. Candidates should be certified neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses with significant experience in coordinating clinical trials in that environment.
Key Functions and Expected Performances
Applies knowledge and understanding of policies, procedures and regulations governing human subjects research and incorporates them in the conduct of research and care of the participants
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the management and implementation of clinical trial operations
Serves as an advocate for human subjects by establishing and maintaining communication with investigators, research staff, sponsors, participants and representatives of professional organizations, participant advocates and public responsible for or concerned about protections for human participants of research.
Proficiently prepares and processes new research proposals, amendments, continuing review applications, adverse events budgets and D&H accounts according to institutional and departmental policies and procedures and federal regulations
Supervise and Coordinate research related activities of current clinical protocols
Administer data collection for state mandated reporting as well as quality assurance and benchmarkng for NICU Standards of Practice
Completion and maintenance of federally mandated paperwork, including IRB applications, informed consent, serious adverse events and annual reviews
Review of new research protocols with consideration to subject recruitment availability, resoure utilization and financial impact
Communication, education, and resource development for nurses, physicians and ancillary personnel utilizing web-based technologies
Networking and education with physicians, nurses and ancillary personnel to assure protocol compliance and study protocol integrity.
**Minimum Qualifications Required**
Graduate of an approved discipline specific program (or equivalent experience) and 2 years experience
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Light Work category requiring exertion up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally and uses negligible amounts of force to move objects.
Occasional: Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device
Occasional: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.
Occasional: Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or maneuvering self, patient and equipment simultaneously while working in large and small spaces
Occasional: Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.
Occasional: Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.
Occasional: Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
Occasional: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.
Frequent: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.
Frequent: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.
Frequent: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
Frequent: Walking: Moving about on foot.
Frequent: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.
Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information
Continuous: Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.
Continuous: Feeling: Ability to perceive size, shape, temperature, texture by touch with fingertips.
Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.
Occasional: Radiation: May be exposed to occupational radiation, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Radiation Safety Program which includes training, use of personal protective equipment with lead shielding, and personal dose monitoring.
Frequent: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.
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