RN Nurse (Medical Research)
Founded in 1999, Mills Clinical Research does cutting-edge science with a special focus on infectious diseases, vaccine trials, and men’s health. We have locations in the West Hollywood and South LA. Mills Clinical Research is led by Dr. Anthony Mills as the PI and CEO. We are affiliated with the Men’s Health Foundation and have expansive community networks within Southern California. We share the mission to eliminate health inequity for all - especially those at risk.
The Registered Nurse (RN) reports to the Director of Clinical Research Operations and is responsible for following research protocols and ensuring efficient and compliant care through the research process; collaborating with physicians, CRC’s, MA’s, PA’s and multidisciplinary team members; providing physical and psychological support to patients.
The RN will work under the guidance of the Principal Investigator, Sub-Investigators, and/or Director/Manager of Clinical Research Operations to participate in the planning, implementation, and overall direction of clinical research projects conducted on behalf of the sponsors at the institute. You will perform study procedures, transcribe source data to case report forms, and liaise with sponsor personnel, maintaining a high level of professional expertise through familiarity with the study protocol, investigator’s brochure, related study materials, standard operating procedures and policies, and participation in project team meetings. Ensuring research quality by practicing compliance and following the principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP)/International Harmonization Conference (ICH), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Federal Drug Administration (FDA) policies and guidelines, and other applicable regulations (state and local).
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (This list may not include all of the duties assigned.)
- Provides interdependent functions that overlap the practice of medicine that require standardized procedures; follows appropriate guidelines in accordance with the organization’s written policies.
- Performs appropriate assessments, nursing, and treatments per protocol as ordered by physician in an accurate and timely manner following GCP and HIPAA.
- Recruiting and screening research participants to evaluate eligibility for a clinical study by reviewing medical record source documents, inclusion/exclusion criteria, and participants’ willingness and capability to follow required clinical research procedures, processes, and follow up appointments.
- Obtaining informed consent documentation from research participants prior to any study-related procedures, maintaining patient screening enrollment logs, and following randomization procedures per protocol, ensuring protection of patients' confidentiality and privacy during initial and follow-up interviews and visits.
- Dispensing study drugs per protocol, reviewing participants' diaries and questionnaires as appropriate, and collecting, batching, and shipping specimens as required.
- Other duties may be assigned, as required.
- Establishes a compassionate environment by providing emotional, psychological, and spiritual support to patients, friends, and families.
- Promotes patient's independence by establishing patient care goals; teaching patient, friends, and family to understand condition, medications, and self-care skills; answering questions.
- Assures quality of care by adhering to therapeutic standards; measuring health outcomes against patient care goals and standards; making or recommending necessary adjustments; following clinic and nursing division's philosophies and standards of care set by state board of nursing, state nurse practice act, and other governing agency regulations.
- Resolves patient problems and needs by utilizing multidisciplinary team strategies.
- Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with research procedures, rules, and regulations; calling for assistance from health care support personnel or the PI as needed.
- Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols, medication administration and storage procedures.
- Maintains nursing supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies; using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results.
- Reviews lab values; performs medication reconciliation; reports abnormal findings to provider and intervenes as appropriate.
- Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records.
- Maintains continuity among nursing teams by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities and continuing needs.
- Maintains patient confidence and protects operation by keeping patient and research information confidential.
- Provides care in a non-judgmental, non-discriminatory manner that is sensitive to the patient’s diversity, preserving their autonomy, dignity, and rights and follows all research regulations.
- Attends and participates in weekly/monthly staff meetings, case conferences, in-services and other meetings as assigned.
- Monitor compliance with OSHA, HIPAA and all other applicable regulations
- Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications, participating in professional societies, and renewing certifications.
- Provide backup and support for CRC’s, PA’s, MA’s and other colleagues working on trials and trial-related functions
- Must possess a valid license as a registered nurse (RN) in the state of California.
- Current Basic Life Support certification
- Experience of working on clinical trials and following GCP
- Minimum of three years’ experience in direct patient care
- Experience in the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and chronic diseases care/ management preferred.
- Basic knowledge of other infectious diseases and state/ federal reporting requirements.
- Demonstrate knowledge of effects of psychosocial needs, trauma history, and cognitive/behavioral/motivational functioning on health-related behavior and exhibit ability to intervene appropriately and effectively.
- Have the appropriate level of behavioral maturity and patience in handling a variety of patient types and needs.
- Have diplomacy and tact in handling difficult and irate patients.
- Ability to work effectively with men and transgender women of diverse races, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientation in a multicultural environment.
- Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test as well as a background check to include a 7-year criminal, 10-year SSN & employer history reference check and a pre-employment drug test.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Attention to detail.
- Must be able to work flexible schedules.
- Must take yearly flu shot or wear flu mask during flu season for patient facing positions and test for tuberculosis as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.