RESEARCH NURSE I/II, Infectious Disease. 1.0, Days, Non-acute

DEPARTMENT: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Affiliates

SUPERVISOR'S TITLE: Director, Manager, Principal Investigator

TITLES SUPERVISED: Research Nurse I, Clinical Research Coordinators, Research Assistants



PURPOSE OF POSITION: To function as a professional research nurse and to apply in-depth knowledge about the care of infant, children, adolescent and adult research participants, patients and clients. To rapidly recognize and anticipate subtle changes based on past experiences; to coordinate and communicate with appropriate resources as needed. To serve as a department-based role model and resource for policies, procedures and nursing care. To assist others in setting nursing care and department priorities, keeping in mind the education of self and others while maintaining a cohesive environment.

·Care Coordination and Continuity
Responds to subtle research participant/patient and family changes. Engages with each unique research participant/patient and family in a compassionate manner. Tailors caring practices to the individuality of research participant/patient & family. Recognizes importance of a healing environment; tailors the environment to meet the needs of the research participant/patient & family. Promotes safety throughout research participant/patient & family's transitions along the research continuum. Demonstrates awareness of potential adverse events & increases awareness of other team members throughout research study. Sets research participant/patient-driven goals for education. Adapts education to meet the learning needs of the research participant/patient, family, & research team. Integrates different teaching methods to match the learning styles of research participant/patient & family. Coordinates education with other members of research team. Precepts peers and students. Facilitates learning for members of research team. Inquires about cultural differences and considers their impact on research & care. Accommodates personal & professional differences in research plan of care. Helps research participant/patient & family understand the culture of the healthcare system.
·Clinical Practice
Collects and interprets complex research & clinical data. Makes clinical judgments based on an immediate grasp of the whole picture. Recognizes patterns and trends by focusing on key elements while eliminating extraneous details. Demonstrates proficiency in utilizing GCP.
·Contributing to Science
Questions appropriateness of policies and guidelines. Questions current practice and seeks resolution to issues. Seeks advice, resources, or information to improve research participant/patient care. Begins to compare and contrast possible alternatives. Is an active member on research nurse forum or divisional councils, committees, task forces or projects by contributing to decision making. Acts as a leader of point-of-care councils, research nurse forum committees or task forces. Assists with development of competence in peers; formally, by precepting new employees, and informally, by sharing knowledge at the point-of-care. Provides just-in-time feedback to peers and work to redesign systems that impact research practices to ensure research care delivery decisions are based on safe and ethical research practice using the nursing process.
·Human Subjects Protection
Considers research participant/patient values and incorporates in research care, even when differing from personal values. Supports colleagues in ethical and research issues. Makes ethical/moral decisions guided by GCP. Engages the research participant/patient's family, encouraging them to speak/represent themselves. Protects research participant/patient and family rights.
·Study Management
Recognizes and accesses systems and processes within the research environment that affect the research participant/patient experience. Acts as a resource to team members in using these systems and processes. Anticipates needs of research participant/patients and families as they move through the research study and healthcare system. Utilizes untapped and alternative resources as necessary. Proactively seeks the contribution of the interdisciplinary team in research team meetings and discussions regarding research participant/patient care and/or other research issues. Coaches others to respect the contribution of the entire team. Assists others to work collaboratively valuing the contributions of the various disciplines in addressing research issues.

Skills & Competencies
·Development - Advanced
Possess in-depth knowledge of growth and development
·Family-centered care
Understands and support family-centered care
·Nursing Skills - Intermediate
Proficiency in nursing practices and skills
·Independent Decisions
Willing and capable of independently making decisions
·Educational Resource
Willingness to serve as an education resource to others
·Diversity Appreciation
Understanding and showing respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of all individuals; leveraging differences in others' perspectives and ideas; appreciating cultural differences and adjusting one's approach to successfully integrate with others who are different from oneself
·Relationship Management
Setting the stage for constructive relationships by being accessible, approachable, and interpersonally engaged; developing and sustaining meaningful and productive bonds with others based on mutual respect
Ability to adapt work schedule to meet the demands of the position, possibly including nights and/or weekends
Persistently seeking feedback from others as well as opportunities to update and master job-relevant knowledge; volunteering for training and development opportunities; changing behavior in response to feedback and experience
·Professional Demeanor
Demonstrates an independent work initiative, sound judgment, diplomacy, tact and professional demeanor
·Emotional Resilience
Remaining composed and calm when faced with setbacks, disappointments, rejection, crises, stress or pressure; readily putting aside concerns to get the job done; taking a problem solving rather than an emotional approach when faced with a difficult situation; being even-tempered and non-defensive
·Communication - Advanced
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Bachelor of Science Nursing
Registered Nurse License
Two years of clinical experience
2 years related experience in research nursing
Ability to consistently function as outlined in the Research Nurse Advancement Pathway