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WORKING TITLE
  • Nurse
  • PERCENT OF FULL
  • 100
  • DEPARTMENT/PROJECT OVERVIEW
    POSITION OVERVIEW
  • Under general direction, incumbent coordinates clinical trials in the Division of General Surgery in the area of minimally invasive surgery. Incumbent participates in research program/grant development and budget preparation. Incumbent is also responsible for project implementation, data collection, and quality assurance. The duties include: assisting with grant development and budget; participation in pre-study investigator and coordinator meetings; in-servicing floor nurses, as well as clinical transplant coordinators about the studies; ascertaining compliance and patient visits. The position requires the clinical evaluation of patients, managing patient immunosuppression under supervision, communicating with community referring physicians, as well as providing informational presentations to other registered nurses.
  • SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
  • Must have valid California RN license.
  • EMPLOYEES DIRECTLY SUPERVISED: Name, Payroll Title, Job Description #, Status (career, casual, student), %Time
  • None
  • EMPLOYEES SUPERVISED THROUGH OTHERS: Name, Payroll Title
  • None
  • For use only by Department HR Contact
    IS BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIRED
  • No
  • IS C.O.I. DISCLOSURE REQUIRED
  • No
  • IS PRE-PLACEMENT PHYSICAL REQUIRED
  • No
  • (Dept only) REQUESTED HEERA
  • All Others, not Confidential
  • (Central HR only) APPROVED HEERA
  • All Others, not Confidential
  • FUNCTIONS WITH CORRESPONDING TASKS
    FUNCTION NAME
    (1.)  Research Program/Grant Development and Budget Functions
    %TIME
    20%
    ESSENTIAL
    True
    TASKS
    Provide input to Principal Investigator (P.I.) regarding new programs, assisting in evaluating new and existing programs including nursing personnel, scope of services, resources, equipment, supplies and costs. D/W/M

    Assist in developing and writing concept sheets for new research projects and grant applications. As needed

    Assist PI with writing NIH grant applications. As needed.
    FUNCTION NAME
    (2.)  Project(s) Implementation
    %TIME
    35%
    ESSENTIAL
    True
    TASKS
    Responsible for protocol integrity with respect to patient eligibility, enrollment, teaching and follow-up of all study subjects in both inpatient and outpatient settings. W

    Responsible for development and implementation of budgets related to clinical trials. Y

    Assist in the development and submission of clinical trials. Y

    Evaluate and care for study patients in an outpatient setting. W

    Organize and chair monthly research team meeting for all personnel involved. M

    Direct the workload of staff, who assist in carrying out the various clinical trials. D

    Responsible for public relations with sponsoring companies by representing UCSD. W

    Attend site or other meetings to learn about the protocols. Y

    Provide consultation with making protocol amendments where necessary prior to project start. Y

    Inform patients about the various study protocols at appropriate times and assist in enrollment. W

    Obtain or coordinate obtaining consent to studies. W

    Assure proper tests are performed at study enrollment to ensure proper eligibility. W

    Act as liaison between pharmacy, principal investigator and patients. Facilitate timely and accurate institution of drug therapy. W

    Identify disqualifying data to ensure only eligible patients are enrolled. W

    Act as liaison between housestaff and faculty. D

    Ensure that patients are not started on or continue with disqualifying medication. W

    Inservice for house officers and/or nursing staff regarding study protocols. M
    FUNCTION NAME
    (3.)  Data Collection
    %TIME
    25%
    ESSENTIAL
    True
    TASKS
    Maintain and complete the timely filling in of all case report forms. D

    Collect appropriate data from x-ray, microbiology, virology, chemistry, hematology, patient flow sheets. Facilitate accurate and timely specimen collection for in-house patients and out patient visits. W

    Facilitate timely collection of medical records for the sponsor review at site visits, act as liaison for PI and sponsor. M

    Identify and notify PI of study endpoints. Able to recognize data endpoints. M

    Coordinate proper collection of blood and/or urine specimens, proper preparation (spinning, decanting, freezing, when necessary) and sending of specimens to outside laboratories as necessary. W

    Obtain consent for release of outside medical records, as well as coordinate collection of these records. W
    FUNCTION NAME
    (4.)  Quality Assurance
    %TIME
    20%
    ESSENTIAL
    True
    TASKS
    Notify PI and/or sponsoring company of any protocol violations and assist in correcting problems to avoid future violoations. W

    Continually evaluate the accuracy of data. D

    Assure compliance with standards set by human Subjects Committee. W

    Coordinate drug accountability with the pharmacy. W

    Can identify and assure proper notification of adverse event for Human Subjects Committee and sponsoring company. W

    Coordinate special tests in the event of an adverse event. W

    Meet regularly with sponsor's clinical research associate for chart audits. M
    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
    RELATED FUNCS: DESCRIBE KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, ABILITY: IMPORTANCE LVL:
      Clinically experienced Registered Nurse. Required
      At least three years clinical experience (experience must consist of at least one year in the field of minimally invasive surgery and one year in clinical research). Required
      Working knowledge of immunosuppression, including: compatible combinations of immunosuppression medications; mechanisms of action; therapeutic monitoring and proper dosing; drug-drug interactions; and side-effects, as well as appropriate actions for those side-effects. Required
      Strong organizational and administrative skills. Required
      Ability to supervise/direct work activity of others. Required
      Strong knowledge related to experimental protocol design. Required
      Ability to understand/explain various types of clinical trials (i.e. randomized, double-blind, double-dummy, open label, phaw I or II vs III studies). Required
      Working knowledge of FDA regulations regarding clinical trials. Required
      Experience with public speaking and presentation. Required
      Ability to collect and analyze data to synthesize clinical events for reporting purposes. Required
      Ability to work independently, as well as part of team. Required
      Excellent interpersonal skills (written and verbal). Required
      Ability to assist in the development and writing of grant applications. Required
      Previous experience with computerized data entry and retrieval. Required
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