Clinical Trials Associate 2 - Center for Quality Aging
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Academic / Research
Internal Number: R-17653
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Medicine - Geriatrics
Supports the activities of the Principal Investigator in accordance with the protocols and regulations. Involved in the collection, interpretation and documentation of data in support of observational research studies and clinical trials. Initiates and develops process improvements.
Center and Project Description:
The Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging was established in August 2006 as part of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Institute for Medicine and Public Health. The mission of the Center for Quality Aging (CQA) is to develop innovative interventions to improve quality of care and quality of life for older adults in a variety of care settings including hospital care, assisted-living, post-acute care and long-term care.
This position will provide research and project management support for an ongoing research project and quality improvement initiative. This is a hospital-based research study that aims to build a simulation model to determine optimal staffing model for hospital units in order to provide safe and high quality of care for patients.
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Contribute to Research Team
Communicate regularly and effectively with the interdisciplinary research team
Participate in weekly team meetings and provide feedback on study efforts, problems, and protocols
Work directly with older adults, patient families, and staff in the hospital
Complete required Institutional Review Board (IRB) training related to research with human subjects.
Abide by rules of confidentiality for data management of sensitive medical information for study participants.
Complete additional tasks as assigned by supervisor (project manager/coordinator or principal investigator)
IRB and Protocols
Assist in preparation of sponsor, IRB, and DSMB reports
Study Participant Eligibility Screening and Recruitment
Coordinate protocol and patient consent form process.
Identify and recruit clinical research subjects; monitor enrollment goals and modify recruitment strategies as necessary
Conduct standardized protocols for data collection. Examples include but are not limited to:
Perform standardized observations in the hospital and nursing home setting to monitor and record ADL care provision
Conduct patient and hospital staff interviews using standardized tools
Set up timeline of interviews and required procedures.
Abstract and record all patient data essential to the study onto required case report forms or into the electronic data collection system.
Document, collect and report adverse events accordingly to relevant bodies according to protocol
Coordinate with research staff to ensure data collection is completed on the study timeline
Accommodate variable work hours that may change weekly based on data collection but not exceed 40 total hours per week. Hours may be distributed across both day and evenings, week days and weekends for observational data collection.
Data Management & Analysis
Enter all pertinent data into electronic databases and data collection software (e.g., Excel, REDCap and SPSS statistical software) accurately and in a timely manner
Update and maintain database after participant contacts and data collection
Conduct basic descriptive data analyses
Be comfortable with large data sets
Process Improvement, Training, and Professional Development
Pursue professional development and participate on committees, as requested by management
TECHNICAL CAPABILITIES * Research Administration (Fundamental Awareness): Knowledgeable on all phases in the lifecycle of a sponsored research project. Well versed in and able to assist researchers in reducing compliance risks and assisting in routine and specialized processes. * Medical Records Management (Fundamental Awareness): Knowledge of how and where to store and maintain basic records associated with job assignments. * Laboratory Practices (Fundamental Awareness): Has limited experience, training, direct exposure, or past experience working with laboratory practices.
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World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.
Aligning with Vanderbilt Health's Strategic Directions, the Office of Research provides shared research resources, administrative expertise and professional guidance to enable the trans-disciplinary environment and highly collaborative culture that advances discovery and training for all the research faculty, trainees, students and staff.
* Organizational Impact: Performs tasks that are typically routine that may impact team's performance with occasional guidance. * Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Utilizes some discretion and research to solve routine problems. * Breadth of Knowledge: Applies knowledge of standards, established processes and procedure that apply to your own job. * Team Interaction: Provides guidance to entry level co-workers.
Core Capabilities :
Supporting Colleagues : Develops Self and Others: Continuously improves own skills by identifying development opportunities.- Builds and Maintains Relationships: Seeks to understand colleagues' priorities, working styles and develops relationships across areas.- Communicates Effectively: Openly shares information with others and communicates in a clear and courteous manner. Delivering Excellent Services: - Serves Others with Compassion: Invests time to understand the problems, needs of others and how to provide excellent service.- Solves Complex Problems: Seeks to understand issues, solves routine problems, and raises proper concerns in a timely manner. - Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Listens carefully to understand the issues and provides accurate information and support. Ensuring High Quality: - Performs Excellent Work: Checks work quality before delivery and asks relevant questions to meet quality standards. - Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Demonstrates basic knowledge of conditions that affect safety and reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate person or department. Managing Resources Effectively : - Demonstrates Accountability: Takes responsibility for completing assigned activities and thinks beyond standard approaches to provide high-quality work/service. - Stewards Organizational Resources: Displays understanding of how personal actions will impact departmental resources. - Makes Data Driven Decisions: Uses accurate information and good decision making to consistently achieve results on time and without error. Fostering Innovation : - Generates New Ideas: Willingly proposes/accepts ideas or initiatives that will impact day-to-day operations by offering suggestions to enhance them. - Applies Technology: Absorbs new technology quickly; understands when to utilize the appropriate tools and procedures to ensure proper course of action. - Adapts to Change: Embraces changes by keeping an open mind to changing plans and incorporates change instructions into own area of work.
Work Experience :
Relevant Work Experience
Experience Level :
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