MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Nurse - Investigational Cancer Therapeutics in Houston, Texas
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is ranked the nation's top hospital for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals." MD Anderson's mission is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world through exceptional programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention.
The Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics conducts broad phase I studies across disease boundaries and molecular targets. We strive to provide outstanding patient care while performing innovative phase I trials with new drugs that may eventually improve the management of cancer.
The primary purpose of the Research Nurse position is to provide clinical evaluation, coordination, implementation, and monitoring of patients enrolled in department research protocols.
Coordinate activities related to initiation and conduct of clinical trials :
Work with staff in Patient Business Services to develop research charge tickets for protocols.
Interact with clinic staff to make sure research charge tickets are used appropriately and that billing to sponsored study accounts is accurate.
Timely notification of patient on study to patient access coordinator and PBS.
Screen patients for protocol eligibility through personal interviews and/or medical record review in inpatient and outpatient settings.
Instruct co-workers in allied fields in procedures for recording patient information.
Maintain data necessary for audits.
Understand and adhere to the policies and procedures related to conduct of clinical trials as delineated in the department training manual and presented at weekly training meetings.
Participate in protocol-specific clinical tasks, as needed:
Provides nursing assessment and assists in management of toxicities and/or adverse events that patients may experience while on department clinical trials.
Identifies and provides patient and family educational needs regarding treatment management, evaluation and follow-up in clinical trials.
If necessary, administers investigational medications, following acceptable nursing procedures/guidelines.
Orders protocol-related test(s), procedures and consults.
Assist the primary investigator in collection and evaluation of data:
R etrieves protocol-related data as documented in the medical record and accurately enters it into a computerized database or on a handwritten case report form.
Evaluates response to treatment, treatment toxicities and adverse drug reactions and reports appropriately to the principal investigator, the Institutional Review Board and the study sponsor.
Provides protocol summary reports as requested.
Provide professional and ancillary staff education concerning protocols by written and/or computerized directions:
Provides accurate information as required to the multidisciplinary team, concerning research protocol eligibility and availability.
Acts as a liaison to coordinate studies with sponsor institutions and pharmaceutical companies.
Communicates efficiently and effectively with internal as well as external referring physicians regarding protocol eligibility and availability.
Keeps current concerning oncology, research and data management issues through reading and/or attending meetings/in-services.
Represents the department in order to attract new protocols from physicians, and pharmaceutical companies.
To maintain a high level of professional expertise and credibility through educational programs, including on-site training and off-site conferences:
Attend department research meetings and conferences.
Attend approved off-site meetings and conferences.
Supplement education as needed through use of reference materials, lectures, etc.
Inform appropriate staff and arrange coverage for necessary functions when absent.
Coordinates and maintains accurate and current PDMS protocol databases as assigned.
Collects data from multiple sources including medical records, verbal communication and outside records.
Develops and maintains system for controlling paper flow for protocols and hospital policies, including records of surgery, pathology, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Attends protocol start-up meetings. Identifies protocol design problems. Collaborates with physicians and/or protocol sponsors regarding protocol design, development (including budget concerns) implementation, and evaluation.
Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing.
One year of registered nursing experience.
Prior Research Nurse and/or Oncology experience.
LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION
Current State of Texas Professional Nursing license (RN).
Basic Life Support (BLS) or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.
American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) or PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certification as required by patient care area.
It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html
Requisition ID: 138934
Employment Status: Full-Time
Employee Status: Regular
FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay
Work Week: Days
Fund Type: Soft
Pivotal Position: No
Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 66,000
Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 87,500
Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 108,962
Science Jobs: No