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Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator, Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 18737

Updated: July 9, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Medicine in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator. This Part-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Clinical Research Manager, Liver Unit.  

This position works within the framework of the University & Cumming School of Medicine Policies and Procedures, as well as within the Hepatology specific Clinical Research Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) 

The successful candidate is required to work a minimum of 21 hours a week up to 35 hours if necessary, and the days worked may vary in length and may also include weekend hours for travel to clinical study meetings. The RN will be required to work flexible hours to accommodate the availability/timing of patient and protocol specific requirements. There may be frequent contact with blood and other body fluids and exposure to air or surface borne diseases. 

The Liver Unit Clinical Trials group is very active with numerous ongoing clinical trials; workloads may vary and may be stressful.

Position Description

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

  • Patient Management:
    • Reviews referrals and medical histories. Determines eligibility and suitability for protocol based on presenting and interview assessment information. In consultation with the Principal Investigator, the RN also determines where to forward the referral should the patient not be suitable
    • Follows GCP, ICH guidelines and Hepatology clinic SOPs during the informed consent process
    • Completes screening utilizing appropriate tools and clinic pathway/thresholds; utilizes an advanced knowledge and skill in history and physical assessment
    • Responsible for patient contact and scheduling, as well as room and procedure bookings
    • Implements the nursing process when eligibility is confirmed
    • Assess the needs of the patient to promote consistency and quality of care
    • Determine a plan of care based on the assessment and protocol compliance
    • Prepares the patient physically and emotionally for protocol participation requirements, assess need for referrals to an interdisciplinary care team Implement protocol required activities ensuring excellence in delivery of the research process
    • Evaluates/monitors patients' response, recommends changes as needed
    • Provides education and nursing support as determined by study participant and family assessment
    • Liaise with various health care providers in disseminating results of research findings
  • Other:
    • Maintains competency in skills as required
    • Follows policies and procedures of the Hepatology Research group
    • Demonstrates ability to follow specific protocol required procedures
    • Identifies own learning needs and pursues appropriate learning activities
    • Maintains compulsory certifications including BCLS, phlebotomy and IV therapy
    • Adjusts work schedules to integrate newly approved clinical trials into ongoing research activity
  • Administrative Duties:
    • Prepare subject research charts including source documentation of patient files; certified copies of the original and medical histories
    •  Maintaining accurate and detailed records of patient files to ensure they fit all criteria to be enrolled in specific clinical trials
    • Ensure data entry is accurate and precise and is entered in a timely manner according to research protocols
    • Keeping up to date on any ethics and regulatory updates as required
    • Filing and other administrative duties as assigned
    • Demonstrates professional behavior
    • Promotes quality nursing care through clinical role modeling: act as a clinical resource
    • Demonstrates professional behavior when dealing with patients, their family, visitors, physicians and other health care providers
    • Utilizes therapeutic communication skills
    • Adheres to policies and procedures of the research clinic and University
    • Participates in establishing and maintaining evidence based standards of care
    • Participates in critical incident reviews and makes suggestions on improving patient care and outcomes
    • Participates in Hepatology and research staff meetings
    • Ensures safe environment for patients and staff
    • Participates in quality assurance activities
    • Continue Hepatology/Nursing education by attending yearly Hepatology courses, conferences, seminars and presentations offered (can be evening and weekend)

Qualifications / Requirements:


  • Graduate of approved school of nursing or Bachelor of Nursing required
  • Active professional CARNA registration required
  • Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) required
  • Phlebotomy and Intravenous (IV) therapy certification an asset
  • Membership in the Canadian Association of Hepatology Nurses (CAHN) - encouraged
  • Active membership in Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) or Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) preferred
  • Certification in IATA, knowledge of the transportation of Dangerous Goods an asset
  • Minimum 3 years current medical/surgical nursing experience required
  • Highly specialized experience in clinical research methodology preferred
  • Hepatology knowledge an asset
  • Experience counselling patients on healthy living an asset
  • Knowledge of University of Calgary research processes an asset
  • Knowledge of Alberta Health Services clinical processes an asset
  • Demonstrated technical dexterity, knowledge, administrative skills and skills working with computer technology - required
  • Demonstrated ability to function independently and within a team environment - required
  • Strong leadership, communication and decision making skills - required
  • Demonstrated strong organizational and interpersonal skills - required
  • Demonstrated superior physical and emotional assessment skills - required
  • Fluent oral and written abilities in Chinese and Vietnamese considered an asset
  • Experience working with immigrant communities an asset

Application Deadline:  July 18, 2019

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.

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