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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Health Care & Medicine
PT / Community Outreach Research Nurse (BSN and/or MSN only)
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Job Description


 Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Graduate of an approved school of nursing. MSN preferred.

Minimum Work Experience
2 Year(s)

Specific Requirements and Preferences
At least 2-3 years of related clinical nursing experience in a comparable setting. Minimum 1 year pediatrics experience preferred.

Required Skills/Knowledge

Demonstrates advanced clinical, organizational, and communication skills. Has ability to learn the clinical trials and/or grants process. Demonstrates ability to gain understanding of the federal and institutional regulations and policies governing clinical research involving protection of human subjects (JCAHO, FDA, GCP, OHRP, IRB, [NIH/NCRR – for PCRC only]). Successful completion of orientation at CNMC. Detail-oriented. Computer skills/familiarity with MS business software and EPRS. Demonstrates independent decision-making in executing the research plan. Demonstrates cost containment and quality assurance.

Required Licenses and Certifications

Registered Nurse in District of Columbia

Functional Accountabilities

Nursing Process with Research Plan
  1. Accountable to support the Division of Nursing’s Performance Improvement process (division or unit level)
  2. Perform assessments related to overt and subtle patient needs by making proficient clinical assessments according to GCP.
  3. Integrate patient data to anticipate problems associated with changing patient status as they relate to the research process.
  4. Collect data obtained from a range of sources in the development and revision of research activities.
  5. Assist others in protocol implementation; act as a role model for the evaluation of research process.
  6. Act as an advocate in meeting patient/family needs related to research protocol.
  1. Protect patient/family right to confidentiality in relation to research protocol.
  2. Act as a role model for other professionals by communicating responsively, respectfully, and assertively.
  3. Collaborate with physician and other health care professional throughout all phases of the research process.
  4. Serve as protocol liaison to community-based physicians regarding patient referrals for clinical trials in coordination with the ACTU Study Coordinator.
  5. Use conflict resolution skills proficiently in dealing with research problems concerning staff, patient/family, and other members of the healthcare or research team.
Patient Services/ Plan of Care
  1. As necessary, design orientation materials for both patient/family and health professionals as related to the research protocol.
  2. Serve as content expert in the development, review, and revision of educational materials developed for research study.
  3. Evaluate effectiveness of research teaching plan in meeting educational needs of staff/patient/family and make recommendations for change, as needed.
  4. Take initiative in the review and management of research orientation program and examine its impact on unit functioning.
  5. Explain research projects and their significance to potential research subjects and parents of children potentially involved in research projects.
  6. Ensure informed consents are obtained from subjects before initiation of any aspect of research projects.
Professional Development
  1. Plan activities to meet own educational needs.
  2. Apply established findings of research to nursing practice when appropriate.
  3. Address practice problems arising from research through systematic assessment and documentation.
  4. Act as CNMC representative when networking with other health care providers at professional meetings, other facilities, etc.
  1. Act as liaison and information resource about protocol for hospital departments, sponsors, and other study centers; actively contribute to the planning and implementation of change made necessary by the research protocol; coordinate research protocol through all phases of research process; act as data manager for protocol; prepare new clinical protocol for IRB submission; coordinate and maintain activities to ensure study protocols are carried out effectively and appropriate time frame.
  2. Assist research staff to review priorities and redirect activities as needed.
  3. Organize schedule to coordinate several ongoing projects and/or different phases of the research process.
  4. Anticipate the effect of the study on unit functioning. Obtain prior approval from Nurse Manager for changes that adversely affect unit function.
  5. Prepare, submit, and monitor administrative and regulatory documents for study sponsors.
  6. Coordinate patient recruitment activities to enssure a proper informed consent is obtained. Coordinate research activities by communicating with sponsoring agencies on a regular basis.
Professional Practice/Research
  1. Participate in Shared Leadership.
  2. Contribute to CNMC’s Magnet Journey.
  3. Ensure nursing practice is based on evidence of best practice.
  4. Accountable for participating in the Division of Nursing’s Performance Improvement process (division or unit level).
  5. Participate in community activities.

Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)

Organizational Commitment/Identification
  1. Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization
  2. Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural ethnic differences
  3. Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
  4. Maintain confidentiality at all times
Customer Service
  1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
  1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
  2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
  3. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
  1. Contribute to a positive work environment
  2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
  3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
  4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
  1. Use resources efficiently
  2. Search for less costly ways of doing things
  1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

About Children's National Health System

Childrens National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding childrens hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nations children for more than 130 years, Childrens National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

Childrens National is proudly ranked consistently among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report.

Our Culture

Children's mission is to be preeminent in providing pediatric health care services that enhance the health and well-being of children regionally, nationally and internationally. Through leadership and innovation, Children's creates solutions to pediatric healthcare problems. Children's excels in Care, Advocacy, Research, and Education to meet the unique needs of children, adolescents and their families. Children's leadership realizes that our employees are the heart of our medical center and the soul of our mission. One of our greatest assets is the diversity of our workforce, which adds to the richness of our culture. Teamwork, dedication, and professionalism are essential values and characteristics that make our employees unique.

Childrens internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world. Our employees share a sense of pride and commitment to the patients and families we serve. We aspire to provide patients and their families with the highest quality of care and service in a family-centered environment. In essence, we are a team of "Great People Providing Great Care."

Nursing Students

As a nursing student, you might already be craving hands-on experience at a highly respected hospital. You may be thinking about where or with which population you want to work after graduation.

At Childrens, a world-class teaching hospital and internationally-recognized leader in pediatric health, we invite nursing students at all stages of learning to explore the real world of working in a hospital setting and experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of this career.

Internship Program

The internship program provides the novice nurse with the knowledge base and skill set needed to transition to competence in clinical nursing practice. While providing the needed skills to meet the organization goals and mission, the program provides nurses with the leadership skills to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. The program bridges the gap between undergraduate education and real-life professional nursing practice, delivering state-of-the art pediatric care.

The program is offered to new graduate nurses from an accredited nursing program with a passion for children. All new graduates, with less than one-year acute care experience, are eligible to participate in the program after obtaining licensure.