JOB DESCRIPTION: The Clinical Research Director of Nursing is responsible for the development and implementation of the philosophy, mission, vision, strategic goals, and objectives for research nursing services throughout the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA) Clinical Research Network (CRN) and the Emory Healthcare (EHC) enterprise to support safe, effective, efficient, compassionate and quality services to all research patients/participants. The Clinical Research Director of Nursing has the following key accountabilities:
As CRN Nursing Director, supervises Clinical Research Nurses, Clinical Research Coordinators, Research Interviewers and other research staff who work with participants in CRN units at all sites; manages day-to-day operations of the CRN Outpatient Units including staffing, payroll and staff performance evaluations of direct reports; In collaboration with nursing team leaders, monitors inpatient clinical research activities for research participants admitted through the Georgia CTSA; Develops practice guidelines and provides indirect oversight for all clinical research activities requiring nursing support within the CRN and EHC, working through operational nurse leaders in non-CRN units with patients on clinical trials.
Charged with promoting the visibility of clinical trials and clinical trial participation to staff throughout Emory Healthcare (EHC); Responsible for advising on and collaborating with other divisions to promote and integrate clinical trials and patient care activities, to further understanding that clinical trials may be one treatment option for patients; Provides clinical trial expertise and leadership across sites within EHC and the Georgia CTSA CRN; responsible for ongoing assessment of educational and training needs for clinical research nurses across the Emory enterprise and the Georgia CTSA; advises on systems to conduct gap analyses, and identification and implementation of research training; and responsible for development and implementation of inter-professional education and training focused on expanding the knowledge base about clinical research across the Emory enterprise.
The Director works in a collegial, collaborative, and supportive manner with investigators and research staff, department heads, and Emory Healthcare and University leadership and staff to support institutional goals. The Director will collaborate with the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN) and EHC leaders to build a culture of research across Emory Nursing. The Director demonstrates knowledge of human growth and development assessment, range of treatment, and care of research participants appropriate to the ages served; assumes responsibility for employees, physicians, and patient satisfaction related to quality of care.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of Georgia (or eligible to be). Doctoral degree required in Nursing or related field. Ten (10) years of registered nursing experience in a hospital-based nursing practice including five (5) years in supervision and management with a large health care institution. Two (2) years, recent experience in a research position with expertise in negotiating, coaching, and mentoring staff; strong communication and interpersonal skills; financial management and organizational/planning and analytical skills. Has experience with the IRB approval process and FDA regulatory process. Demonstrates a broad knowledge of the research enterprise. Basic Life Support Certification in accordance with the American Heart Association.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock, Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation, Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.