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Oncology RN Research Coordinator

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

CHI Saint Joseph Health System


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  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Department: Research Department
  • Hours/Pay Period: 80

The posted compensation range of N/A is a reasonable estimate that extends from the lowest to the highest pay CommonSpirit in good faith believes it might pay for this particular job, based on the circumstances at the time of posting. CommonSpirit may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range as permitted by law.

Requisition ID 2024-347771 Employment Type Full Time Hours/Pay Period 80 Shift Day Weekly Schedule Monday-Friday (8:00am-4:30pm) Remote No Category Staff Nurse
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The Oncology Clinical Research Nurse (CRN) works with the CommonSpirit Health Research Institute Market Clinical Research Manager (MCRM), Principal Investigators, co- and sub-investigators, clinical and ancillary departments, IRBs, and industry or government sponsors of research to plan, coordinate, implement and complete clinical trials and other research projects managed by the CommonSpirit Health Research Institute. The incumbent has responsibility for the oversight of studies that explore complex medical diseases, which involve specialty and subspecialty expertise. S/he serves as clinical nursing knowledge role model in the care of research participants, performing clinical procedures and assessments of research participants that are appropriate within the RN scope of practice. In conjunction with the PI and other facility/clinic staff, s/he may provide direct patient care related to a research protocol.

The incumbent independently manages all aspects of multiple clinical trials or other research projects as assigned, including but not limited to: research participant recruitment, screening and enrollment; completion of protocol required visits and procedures; collection and reporting of data; coordination of and participation in sponsor monitoring visits or federal audits; query resolution; adverse event reporting, source documentation and research record development and maintenance; study drug accountability; specimen collection, processing and shipment. The incumbent works with the MCRM to ensure compliance of the research program and its studies with all applicable federal and state regulations, as well as CommonSpirit Health policy.

This position will support the Oncology departments within the Kentucky market. This position is responsible for maintaining quality standards for responsive service and professional documentation in compliance with CommonSpirit Health policies and procedures, and federal and state laws and regulations, all which is consistent with the Mission and Values of CommonSpirit Health. This is an exempt position that may require occasional overnight travel and weekend assignments.

We offer the following benefits to support you and your family:

  • Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Relocation Assistance for eligible hires 
  • Free Premium Membership to with preloaded credits for children, dependent adults, and/or pets
  • Care for Caregivers: Resilience Through Adversity is a series of sessions designed to help caregivers build their resilience and advance their mental well-being during these difficult times
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Voluntary Protection: Group Accident, Critical Illness, and Identity Theft 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for you and your family
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) 
  • Tuition Assistance for career growth and development
  • Matching Retirement Programs
  • Wellness Programs

Saint Joseph Hospital is a 433-bed facility located in Lexington Kentucky. Founded in 1877 a small group of Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky led by Sister Euphrasia Stafford began their health ministry. Their mission was to provide compassionate care to the poor and underserved – a tradition still carried out today. Saint Joseph Hospital primarily serves central and eastern Kentucky with a full range of services including distinguished awards for cardiology orthopedics and stroke care. CHI Saint Joseph Health supports 5000 active employees 8 hospitals specialty clinics and a Medical Group with more than 200 locations across Central and Eastern KY. CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health in 2019. With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.


Essential Key Job Responsibilities: 

(45%) Division/Site Research Operations 

  • Perform clinical assessments of research participants, including blood pressure, heart and respiratory rates, brief physical exams, EKGs, and other clinical testing appropriate within the RN scope of practice, i.e., NIH Stroke Scale, NYHA and CCS class.
  • Perform clinical procedures per research protocols, including blood draws, injections, and other procedures appropriate within the RN scope of practice.
  • Report change in research participant condition to PI and appropriate personnel in a timely manner.
  • Perform timely and accurate collection and reporting of data in accordance with protocol and sponsor requirements, applicable laws, and institutional policies.
  • Dispense study medication to research participants under the direction of the PI, and/or coordinate study drug administration with hospital/clinic Pharmacy staff.
  • Process labs for clinical trials, including collecting, centrifuging and aliquoting specimens, and ship specimens in accordance with federal biologics shipping regulations. 
  • Identify and report all unanticipated and other adverse/serious adverse events, as well as protocol deviations, violations or exceptions, to the study sponsor and IRB as required by GCP, FDA, OHRP and CommonSpirit Health policy.
  • In conjunction with the PI and other facility/clinic staff, may provide direct patient care related to the research protocol.
  • Conduct informed consent process with research participants; document informed consent discussion and obtain signatures per protocol, federal, state and institutional requirements.
  • Coordinate all study-required visits, procedures, tests and activities to meet protocol requirements; schedule participant appointments with appropriate provider/facility. 
  • Prepare, manage and submit all required any required study/regulatory, documents, applications and forms, including but not limited to the applicable Institutional Review Board (IRB) application form(s), informed consent documents, 1572 forms, Conflict of Interest forms, and other forms as required by the sponsor, IRB, or CommonSpirit Health.  
  • Prepare for, coordinate and participate in sponsor monitoring visits or internal/external audits; resolve queries and other findings promptly; prepare responses or corrective actions plans as needed.
  • Determine effective strategies for promoting/recruiting research participants and retaining participants in long term clinical trials. Actively recruit, screen and enroll participants in trials.
  • To ensure protocol adherence, accurate data collection and billing compliance, instruct/advise Principal Investigator (PI) and other health care providers in the hospital/ clinic setting as to protocol-required tests and procedures to be conducted at each visit.
  • Create source documentation forms/templates to ensure accurate collection of all study data; maintain research subject charts/binders to meet protocol requirements
  • Attend investigator/coordinator meetings as required by study sponsors
  • Coordinate and participate in site initiation and other sponsor-required training for all protocols.
  • Serve as liaison between participants, physician investigators, sponsors of research, IRBs, CSHRI administration, patient care coordinators and insurance companies to assist in protocol interpretation, clinical and safety questions, and pre-authorization questions.

(35%) Quality Assurance / Performance Improvement

  • With minimal guidance, implement clinical trials and research projects that meet CommonSpirit Health Research Institute (CSHRI) and facility/clinic objectives, and ensure compliance with protocol and sponsor requirements and all aspects of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) regulations, as well as CSHRI requirements.
  • Work with CSHRI billing staff to ensure clinical trials are performed in accordance with CommonSpirit Health requirements; complete Research Encounter Forms for all participant visits.

(20%) General Duties

  • Serve as clinical nursing knowledge role model in the care of research participants.
  • Assist Market Clinical Research Manager (MCRM), PI, sponsors/CROs in identifying and evaluating potential new trials for feasibility of implementation at the site; provide recommendations. Complete clinical portions of sponsors’ feasibility questionnaires.
  • Obtain PI signatures on all required study documents.
  • Meet all mandatory requirements of the position including mandatory training, classes, licensure/certification, employee health requirements, and adherence to CommonSpirit Health's Code of Conduct
  • Complete professional and clinical education annually.
  • Flex work schedule as needed to accommodate participant visits, sponsor deadlines or program needs; work hours as needed--which may exceed 40 hours per week--based on workload and deadlines. 
  • Attend local CommonSpirit Health IRB and appropriate clinical department meetings, as needed, for presentation of new protocols for review.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Required Education for Staff Job Levels

  • Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing required; BSN preferred;

Required Licensure and Certifications

  • Current RN license in state of employment required.
  • BLS certification required.
  • Current certification (CCRP or CCRC) by the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) or Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) required.
Required Minimum Knowledge, and Skills 
  • Minimum 3 years of experience conducting clinical trials required; worked as primary research nurse for at least 5 drug or device trials.
  • Minimum of 3 years of nursing experience with patients in a healthcare setting required, strongly preferably in oncology.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of research regulatory requirements involving human subjects research, including FDA, OHRP and GCP requirements required.
  • Current certificate of Human Subjects Protection and Good Clinical Practice training required.
  • Experience in implementation of research protocols and clinical trials processes required.
  • Experience in preparing and maintaining regulatory documents and other IRB-related study documentation required.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software required.
  • Lab processing experience required.

Required Abilities

  • Language /Communication Skills:  Ability to communicate with a broad range of internal and external healthcare professionals and agencies. Ability to effectively present information and respond to common inquiries. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to read analyze and interpret study protocols and accompanying materials. Ability to effectively communicate with / respond to physicians, groups of peers, senior leadership, managers, etc.
  • Math Ability: Ability to develop and manage project budgets, understand financial accounting and reporting, familiarity with working to meet tight project timelines.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to make decisions even in ambiguous situations to achieve project milestones and quality. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Practical thinker with an ability to set priorities needed to manage through a variety of project requirements, adapt to the changing needs of a rapidly evolving business function
  • Computer and Audio-Visual Skills: Must have computer technology skills in the areas of word processing, spreadsheet (database maintenance), and graphic representation, etc.  Must be familiar with various data and financial reporting systems, visualization tools and electronic documentation platforms. Must be able to utilize various audio/visual media including Live Meeting, teleconferencing, videoconferencing, LCD projectors, etc. Experience with Clinical Trial Management Software (CTMS) systems required.
  • General: Ability to enforce timelines without direct authority and escalate issues to leadership when appropriate.  Action oriented.  Ability to travel as required.

PREFERRED Qualifications

  • Experience using electronic data capture software required; Clinical Trial Management Systems (CTMS) preferred.
  • Understanding of the ethical principles, culture and values of medical research.
  • Critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently yet collaboratively with all members of the research community including physicians/principal investigators, research team members, IRBs, hospital and clinic personnel, and sponsors of research.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform all research coordination duties for multiple clinical trials simultaneously.
  • Knowledge base to provide clinical education to patients, families, and other staff, including patients who may have a terminal disease.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written, required.
  • Highly motivated and flexible, with the ability to adjust to rapidly changing priorities and new projects.
  • Demonstrated success in identifying and bringing in new trials and growing a research site’s volume.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task, organize and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Ability to formulate logical and objective conclusions and make recommendations for effective solutions.

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Unless directed by a Collective Bargaining Agreement, applications for this position will be considered on a rolling basis. CommonSpirit Health cannot anticipate the date by which a successful candidate may be identified.

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While you’re busy impacting the healthcare industry, we’ll take care of you with benefits that may include health/dental/vision, FSA, matching retirement plans, paid time off, tuition assistance, adoption assistance, and more!

Unless directed by a Collective Bargaining Agreement, applications for this position will be considered on a rolling basis. CommonSpirit Health cannot anticipate the date by which a successful candidate may be identified.

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