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MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Nurse - Melanoma Medical Oncology in Houston, Texas

The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

The primary purpose of the Research Nurse position is to assist with clinical and operational management of research protocols. Impacts research protocols and patients in designated protocols. Scope of position is defined by the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Texas and requires adherence to the policies and procedures of the institution.


Assumes responsibility for the effective operation of research protocols in collaboration with the principal investigator and study sponsor. Assesses patients for protocol eligibility through personal interviews and/or medical record review in inpatient and outpatient settings. Coordinates, evaluates and follows the patient's participation in clinical trials. Collaborates with the multidisciplinary team as necessary. Provides documentation in the patient's medical record or recruitment log per protocol and institutional requirements. Identifies and develops methods of patient recruitment. Assists with protocol development including budget issues and protocol design. Acts as a liaison with sponsor institutions and pharmaceutical companies conducting research studies.

Assists the primary investigator in collection and evaluation of data. 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. Assists with protocol analysis. Utilizes computer statistical/data management packages as necessary. Designs research tools to aid in data collection and analysis.

Identifies and provides patient and family educational needs regarding treatment management, evaluation and follow-up in clinical trails through talking with patients person-to-person or by telephone and/or through written educational material. If necessary, administers investigational medications, following acceptable nursing procedures/guidelines. Collects and properly identifies special lab specimens as required by protocol by drawing blood and collecting specimens provided by patients, following accepted nursing and laboratory procedures/guidelines. Orders protocol - related tests, procedures and consults and obtains pathology slides and blocks as needed.

Provides professional and ancillary staff education concerning research protocols by presenting in- services in clinic and inpatient units and by provided clearly understood written and/or computerized directions to the hospital and/or clinic staffs as each new protocol is introduced. Provides accurate information as requested to the multidisciplinary team, consumers and professional public organizations. Keep current concerning oncology and data management issues through reading and/or attending meetings/inservices. Presents data from clinical trials in publication and or formal oral presentations.



Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing.



One year of registered nursing experience.


Prior Research Nurse experience.



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.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 150112

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Work Location: Onsite

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 68,500

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 90,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 113,000

  • Science Jobs: No