While clinical research nurses are responsible for the care of a patient in treatment, this particular position focuses on patients participating in clinical trials to improve their health, such as patients trying out new cancer treatments who need the assistance of a nurse. Clinical research nurses must be able to work with all types of people and provide many forms of care, ranging from providing study medicine to reporting documents in a timely manner, and this position also requires extensive understanding of clinical trials and a broad clinical background.
A bachelor's degree in nursing and several years of training in a research setting are required for this position, and the job's outlook is expected to rise 10% over the next ten years. These nurses work with a variety of people, ranging from other nurses to doctors and surgeons, and hours and shifts can vary greatly in this position, though they are usually long and include physical labor. Clinical research nurses must also be able to work in tough conditions and have the mental capabilities to work well with patients to ensure their recovery.
Clinical Research Nurse Tasks
Plan, coordinate, and implement daily clinical procedures and schedules.
Collect samples and vitals, record data.
Answer questions from study subjects and sponsors.
Recruit, schedule, manage and educate subjects.