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Research Nurse - Unit Champion, Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 14455

Updated: December 7, 2017

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Medicine in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Nurse. This Fixed Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 6 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Ward of the 21st Century (W21C) is a research and innovation initiative based at the University of Calgary and in the Calgary zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS). The W21C was created to respond to the urgent need for innovation in health care. The Canadian Adverse Events Study (2004) reported that as many as 20,000 deaths occur annually in Canadian hospitals from preventable adverse events. This finding drew considerable attention to the issues of safety and quality in health care, resulting in a call for strategic research and innovation to address the challenges in health care systems. 

This position reports to the Clinical Research Manager, W21C. 

The serious illness care program is aimed at improving goals of care discussions with seriously ill, hospitalized patients.  This position works closely with the project leads, collaborators to act as a Research Nurse - Unit Champion for Implementing the Serious Illness Conversation Program (SICP).

This is a recurring part-time position where hours will vary but could work up to 14 hours per week.  Recurring part-time employees are engaged to perform work on an irregular schedule. 

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Coordinating and carrying out research activities of key research studies in consultation with the principal investigator(s) and project research associates and assistants
  • Consulting with members on clinical unit for input into design of SICP processes
  • Under limited supervision, responsible for performing a range of research and coordination tasks in support of W21C and SCIP objectives
  • Designing and conducting knowledge translation initiatives (i.e. education, staff in-services, etc.) around the research program to nursing staff, physicians, and other care-givers in appropriate clinical settings
  • Train nurses and allied health professions on how to provide pre- and post- Serious Illness Conversation support to patients and families
  • Subject recruitment and consenting of patients and/or patient care-givers into the SCIP (if relevant)
  • Working with clinical stakeholders to alert when Serious Illness Conversations need to take place
  • Ensuring stakeholders are kept informed of the study's progression
  • Assisting with development and execution of research protocols and providing input for additional studies
  • Timely collection of data and data analysis related to the project
  • Assisting with interpretation and analysis of data collected
  • Assist with report writing, production of research papers suitable for publication, and support knowledge translation activities

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Bachelor of Nursing degree
  • 5-7 years of experience working in the clinical research setting, particularly conducting research or quality improvement initiatives with patients, physicians, and other care-givers
  • Database skills with experience in SPSS, Excel, Access, and other databases is an asset
  • Experience with the W21C's clinical research unit, Unit 36 at Foothills Hospital is an asset
  • Knowledge of the W21C Initiative is an asset
  • Leadership, communication skills, organizational skills, problem solving skills, and interpersonal skills required
  • Resourceful, innovative, creative, strategic, problem solves
  • Good judgment and concern for detail and accuracy
  • Ability to receive direction, collaborate with others in setting goals, and work effectively in teams to achieve agreed upon goals
  • Ability to work independently and promote good teamwork

Application Deadline:  December 21, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase III.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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