MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Nurse - Infectious Diseases in Houston, Texas

The Infectious Diseases department provides expert clinical consultations to prevent, diagnose, and treat infections in both adult and pediatric cancer patients. Our mission is to provide specialized expertise in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infections in cancer patients through high quality clinical consultation, infection control and research programs.

The ideal candidate will have a prior Research Nurse experience. Oncology experience preferred.

KEY FUNCTIONS

To screen patients for protocol eligibility and manage patient participation in clinical trials:

  • Perform patient assessment for protocol eligibility under direction.

  • Conduct patient interviews in clinic setting or by phone, in response to physicians or patient self-referral and maintain an up-to-date and accurate record of all interviews.

  • Document all patient recruitment efforts by maintaining an up-to-date and accurate log.

  • Identify and meet the educational, emotional, and psychosocial needs of patients and their families, utilizing verbal and/or written educational materials and referrals, as appropriate.

  • Maintain patient records that consistently reflect nursing knowledge as it relates to patient protocol eligibility and all protocol requirements.

To participate in the coordination and monitoring of patient treatment in clinical

trials:

  • Coordinate clinic visits, chart review, personal interviews, and diagnostic tests.

  • Act as a liaison to coordinate research studies with sponsor institutions and pharmaceutical companies.

  • Monitor patient responses during treatment on clinical trials and perform general follow-up as required by protocols.

  • Teach patients and their families about treatment plan and logistics; costs; medication administration and side effects.

  • Coordinate with department of pharmacology to obtain required laboratory specimens for research purposes.

  • Coordinate and execute the primary research design, including double and single blind studies, with pharmacy and PDMS.

  • Maintain patient flowsheets that reflect complete and current data.

To monitor and, in collaboration with the physicians, evaluate patient response

to protocol treatment:

  • Determine response to protocol treatment.

  • Grade toxicities as defined in specific protocols.

  • Evaluate and report adverse drug reactions to physician, sponsors, and the IRB through accurate, complete, and timely written or computerized reports.

  • Enter and retrieve data from multiple source documents into computerized data system and/or company-sponsored case report forms and assist in data analysis.

To provide clinical and research functions for protocols:

  • Design research instruments and data analysis.

  • Assist physicians in protocol analysis, utilizing computer statistical/data management packages.

  • Collaborate with physicians and/or protocol sponsors regarding protocol design, implementation, and evaluation.

  • Identify and develop methods of patient recruitment, consistently employing recruitment efforts that reflect creativity in the selection and utilization of a variety of methods available.

  • Identify protocol design problems.

To seek professional development through participation in professional

organization, serving on committees, attending journal presentations, seminars

or conferences:

  • Collect CEUs to meet Board of Nursing requirements.

  • Maintain an up-to-date curriculum vitae to reflect participation in professional growth activities.

    EDUCATION

Required:

Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing.

EXPERIENCE

Required:

One year of registered nursing experience.

Preferred:

Two years of Research Nurse experience.

Prior Oncology experience.

LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION

Required:

Current State of Texas Professional Nursing license (RN).

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