Research Nurse

California, United States
15 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

This is an exciting opportunity to assume a critical role in the initiation and implementation of clinical research at Stanford University School of Medicine. You will have the opportunity to work with leaders in the field of Anesthesia and Critical Care, and influence advances in the care of patients. 

Stanford University Department of Anesthesia is seeking a Research Nurse 2 to take a leading role in initiating and implementing multiple studies taking place in a variety of clinical settings, but primarily focusing on surgical and ICU patients. The Research Nurse will be under the direct supervision of the principal investigator and/or Research Nurse Manager. She/he will oversee and direct the work of non-nurse Clinical Research Coordinators in the group to accomplish the successful implementation of assigned clinical research projects. She/he will apply medical knowledge and experience to oversee and direct the clinical course of research participants, assessing physical health and overseeing the administration of treatments throughout the study aligned with the nursing "Scope of Practice.” 

In addition to the above, the Research Nurse will be integral to the entire study startup process for new projects. This will include working collaboratively with the research team and 1) Research Management Group to finalize budgets and contracts, 2) all aspects of the clinical facility to identify processes to support study implementation. 

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.  Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000, which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

Duties Include: 

  • Ensure the safety of study participants, and maintain communication with their families/caregivers and clinicians. Actively implement or oversee the implementation of the study protocol, evaluating for safety in real time.  
  • Provide clinical and administrative nursing support and oversight for research clinical trials based on scope of practice. Provide study related training to hospital and research staff to ensure adherence to study protocols. The design and creation of various study tools may be necessary.   Collaborate with clinical staff, researchers, outside vendors, and other staff to administer treatment and study protocols. May coordinate multi-site studies.
  • Develop and manage budget for research study, and oversee resources including funds, personnel, and equipment as needed. Work closely with/through RMG to successfully negotiate adequate study budgets. 
  • Coordinate and collaborate with principal investigator to review study protocol and assess and analyze feasibility, budget projections, and staffing needs. 
  • Conduct study participant evaluations according to the study protocol, assess adverse events, and apply triage and judgment to determine course of action.
  • Oversee and potentially administer medications and treatments per study protocol for out study participant research participants.
  • Comply with institutional policies, standard operating procedures, and guidelines, and prepare and submit documentation as required by the study protocol, study sponsor, and regulatory authorities. Interpret complex protocols and regulatory requirements. Oversee and manage essential regulatory documents and handle confidential information (verbal and written) with tact and diplomacy, adhering to all HIPAA guidelines.
  • Supervise non-clinical research staff as needed. Direct the efforts of 2 or more non-nurse clinical research staff members to ensure successful completion of research projects.
  • Identify, recruit, and enroll study participants, as well as maintain study participant records and determine study participant criteria.
  • Host external audits (Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, etc.).
  • Support sponsor investigator research with Investigational New Drug/Investigational Device Exemption applications.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

Desired Qualifications:

  • 2 or more years of clinical nursing experience in an ICU setting

Education & Experience (Required):

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing or equivalent, and five years of experience in nursing, with at least two years in a research setting.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Required):

  • Demonstrated ability to work with research subjects of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Verbal and written communication skills to convey medical and research-related information to research subjects of all ages and backgrounds. 
  • Ability to identify confidential and sensitive information (written and verbal).
  • Ability to implement good clinical practices in all interactions with study participants, their families, and colleagues. 
  • Ability to identify adverse reactions to study treatments and the required study protocol documentation to record these activities. 
  • Ability to implement study protocols with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to provide work direction to research support staff. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of good clinical practices and regulatory compliance.
  • Demonstrated experience with electronic data capture, including database management.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the functions of the position with minimal supervision.

Certifications & Licenses:

  • Current license as a California Registered Nurse. 
  • Certified Research Administrator or Clinical Research Coordinator preferred.
  • Current basic CPR certification.

Physical Requirements*:

  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, perform desk-based computer tasks, use a telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, twist/bend/stoop/squat, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, operate foot and/or hand controls.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), scrub/sweep/mop/chop/mix, operate a manual pipette. 
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid California non-commercial class license and operate vehicle during daylight hours.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Working Conditions:

  • May be required to work with, take specific precautions against, and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.
  • May be exposed to blood borne pathogens.
  • On call 24 hours/day. 
  • Frequent travel, might include international travel.
  • Occasional weekend, early morning and/or evening hours

Work Standards:

  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4592
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: K
Requisition ID: 86747

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