In this weekly feature, the editors of SpringBoard highlight one career in the health care professions–including a basic description, educational requirements, core competencies/key skills needed, and related web sites and professional organizations where you can find more information!
A clinical research nurse works in clinical research centers and acts as a patient advocate in ensuring that ethical and efficient care is provided in compliance with federal and local research regulations. Their nursing knowledge provides them with the unique opportunity to meet the complex needs of patients participating in a research study.
Registered nurse preparation, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Basic Life Support certification are required; recent acute care experience is required in most positions.
Core Competencies/Skills Needed
- Knowledge of research process and evidence-based nursing
- Knowledge of Institutional Regulatory Board policies
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Good computer skills and knowledge of electronic health records
Related Web Sites and Professional Organizations
- Association of Clinical Research Professionals (http://www.acrpnet.org/)
- Society of Clinical Research Associates (www.socra.org)