MD Anderson Cancer Center Supervisor, Research Nurse - Radiation Oncology in Houston, Texas

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is ranked the nation's top hospital for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals." MD Anderson's mission is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world through exceptional programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention. Our mission also includes education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

Supervisor, Research Nurse opportunity in Radiation Oncology. The ideal candidate will be a licensed RN with a minimum of four years of nursing experience to include one year of research nursing and one year of lead/mentor, project management or supervisory experience. Must be able to communicate effectively, ability to multi-task and possess good organizational skills.

SUPERVISION OF RESEARCH PERSONNEL

•Provides direct supervision over assigned clinical research nursing and coordinator personnel. Participates with new employee hiring process oversees the ongoing development and orientation program for staff in alignment with applicable position descriptions. .

•Assigns workload as relates to protocol management; directs and assists research nurses and other research staff in all aspects of protocol management.

•Maintains appropriate staffing levels and ensures fair distribution of workload among the clinical research staff. Reviews assignments on a routine basis in collaboration with the Supervisors of Clinical Studies.

•Assures that direct reports adhere to all policies/procedures of the department and institution.

•Evaluates performance of assigned staff through the departmental and institutional performance management system, and manages disciplinary actions as needed.

•Provides professional and ancillary staff education concerning research protocols.

•Coordinates educational activities for the research staff.

•Conducts monthly clinical research staff meeting.

PROTOCOL MANAGEMENT

•Consults with Principal Investigators (PI's) regarding ongoing clinical trial assignments. Works closely with Clinical Research Group (CRG) Leadership team and research nurse personnel to ensure consistency between protocol database and source documentation.

•Assumes responsibility for the effective operation of research protocols in collaboration with the PI, Study Sponsor and other members of the Clinical Research Group (CRG) management team.

•Maintains knowledge of the research process and resources available for the efficient management of research projects.

•Assess patients for protocol eligibility through personal interviews and/or medical record review in outpatient and inpatient settings.

•Coordinates, evaluates and follows the patient's participation in clinical trials.

•Provides documentation in the patient's medical record or recruitment log per protocol and institutional requirements.

•Identifies and develops methods of patient screening.

•Assists the primary investigator and other members of the research staff in collection, analysis, and evaluation of data.

•Retrieves protocol-related data as documented in the medical record and accurately enters it into a computerized database.

•Evaluates response to treatment, treatment toxicities and adverse drug reactions and reports appropriately to the principal investigator, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the study sponsor.

•Provides protocol summary reports as requested. Participates in protocol-specific clinical tasks as needed.

•Identifies and provides patient and family educational needs regarding treatment management, evaluation, and follow-up in clinical trials 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.

•Assists in the coordination with the collection of appropriate research related tissues and blood samples.

•Orders protocol-related tests and procedures. In collaboration with the Eckstein Laboratory staff, obtains pathology slides and blocks as needed.

ADMINISTRATIVE

•Collaborates with the management team on research policies/processes and quality assurance initiatives.

•Educates and trains the clinical research staff in the research charge capture process. Reviews research charge capture process to ensure protocol billing compliance per departmental and institutional policies.

•Ensures that clinical research conducted by the department meets IRB, federal and/or guidelines and policies.

•Designs research tools to aid in data collection and analysis.

•Represents the management team at departmental and institutional meetings.

•Assists in the preparation of departmental protocol audits.

•Ensures accuracy in the reporting of effort for assigned research staff members.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

•Participates in departmental, intradepartmental, and institutional research related projects, committees, and initiatives.

•Completes special projects and reports as requested by manager.

EDUCATION:

Required: Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing.

Preferred: Bachelor's of Science in Nursing.

EXPERIENCE:

Required: Four years of nursing experience to include one year of research nursing and one year of lead/mentor, project management, or supervisory experience.

Preferred: None

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION:

Required: Current State of Texas professional nursing license (RN). Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification

Preferred: None

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