MD Anderson Cancer Center Senior Research Nurse - Head and Neck Surgery in Houston, Texas

Senior Research Nurse - Head and Neck Surgery

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Nursing at

Surgery 195100

Requisition #: 118103

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings. It is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.


Coordination of Clinical Trials

Notifies Financial Clearance Center (FCC) of a patient’s potential participation on a clinical trial. Interact with clinic staff to make sure research charges are used appropriately and that billing to sponsored study accounts is accurate. Timely notification of patient on study to patient access coordinator and CORE. Screen patients for protocol eligibility through personal interviews and medical record review. Coordinate, evaluate and follow the patient’s participation in clinical settings. Provide collaborative oversight for the multidisciplinary team as necessary to document patient care, achieve objectives of phase I trials and maintain patient safety. Instruct co-workers in allied fields in procedures for recording patient information. Participate in maintaining data necessary for audits, supervise audits and oversee coordination of FDA audits. Provide leadership for the overall effective operation of designated protocols, which includes development, design, and resolution of operations and budget issues in collaboration with the principal investigator or study sponsor. Participate in the review of the Cost Analysis. Provide leadership for a multidisciplinary team to effectively meet protocol goals. Participate in the creation of the Clinical Content Template (CCT).

Direct Support to Clinical Trial Research Protocols

Review protocol documents including abstracts, text and informed consent for relevant information. Register patients on research protocols by verifying eligibility/exclusion criteria and entering patients in CORE per protocol. Communicate necessary registration information to sponsoring drug company as directed by PI. Schedule patient tests; keep patients informed about test results and studies. Assist in obtaining consent for studies. Act as liaison with patients, physicians and research staff in providing administrative and patient care services for the coordination of research studies. If required for multi-center trials, maintain contact with other institutions in studies and coordinates all data pertaining to such studies. Assess protocol patients for adverse events. Participates in reviewing consents and protocols and provides input. Monitor protocol compliance by assisting in coordination of protocol-specific lab, radiographic and clinical evaluation of patients. Act as a lead in data collection by retrieving protocol information via computer and visual chart review and by communicating directly with outlying healthcare providers to schedule and procure testing and treatment records. Obtain outside films, surgical, pathology and lab reports as needed per protocol and submitting specimens/films for reading. Collect or facilitate the collection of specimens as outlined in assigned protocols upon request. Process samples, labels, pipettes and transfer to appropriate containers ultimately storing specimens at specified temperatures. Maintain database for tracking specimens with high level of accuracy. Serve as an information source regarding status of samples collected from patients on given protocols for PI and sponsors.

Coordinate Datafor Principal Investigators

Monitor the retrieval of protocol-related data as documented in the medical record and ensure accurate entry into a computerized database or on a handwritten case report form. Generate PDMS data reports, protocol summary reports and user-generated data reports as requested. Compile protocol and other data for manuscript submissions. Provide assistance upon request for the preparation of technical reports, abstracts, posters and manuscripts for submission to corporate and federal sponsors, conferences and scientific journals.

Regulatory Correspondence onClinical Research Studies

Communicate verbally and in writing, as needed or as requested by the principal investigator of the study, with internal reviewers or external agencies (pharmaceutical companies and /or government sponsors). Complete forms and comply with institutional, state and federal agencies; prepare reports for the surveillance committee and the sponsoring agencies as specified in the reporting requirements.

Training andMentoring

Acts a preceptor for research nurses and staff on research regulations and clinical research practice. Maintains continuing education units as per certification requirements. Participates in the training and mentoring of new study coordinators and data coordinators to perform the functions delineated in their position descriptions. Assist with supervisory functions such as counseling employee in regard to institutional policies and procedures. Provide input for performance evaluations. Provide training and guidance with regard to the policies and procedures that are related to conduct of clinical trials. Monitor accuracy compliance by study coordinators and data coordinators by performing QA audits. Plan, design and conduct complex professional and ancillary staff education and disseminate information by means of training sessions/presentations and/or written communications. Conduct department training sessions to insure protocol compliance and dissemination of new information and policies.


Minimum: $68,800 – Midpoint: $86,000 – Maximum: $103,200


Required: Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing.

Preferred: Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing.


Required: Two years of registered nurse experience.


Required: Current State of Texas Professional Nursing License (RN).

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.