Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Clinical Research Nurse, Seattle Vaccine Trials Unit in Seattle, Washington
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The Seattle Vaccine Trials Unit (VTU) (Click here to visit their webpage) is a program within the Vaccine & Infectious Disease Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Led by Principal Investigator Julie McElrath, the VTU is funded to conduct phase I, II, and III clinical trials. As a clinical research site, the VTU is responsible for the recruitment, selection, and enrollment of study participants, and immunization and clinical monitoring of these participants in clinical trials of investigational agents being studied for the prevention of HIV, SARS-CoV-2, and other infectious diseases.
The Clinical Research Nurse implements and conducts clinical research studies involving human subjects for the Immunology & Vaccine Development research program. The primary focus of the Clinical Research Nurse is screening, enrolling, and following study participants. The position will require willingness to work with COVID-19 and HIV prevention modalities (vaccines, immunoprophylaxis, etc.) as well as working in settings where individuals with active COVID-19 infection will be seen. This position will likely work at the unit’s remote and mobile sites, so flexibility in travel and hours will be important.
The incumbent works under the supervision of the Principal Investigator as part of a clinical research team including the VTU physicians, other clinicians, and other unit personnel. Direct supervision will be by the remote/mobile unit’s supervising clinician. The position requires the performance of responsibilities with a high level of independence within the scope of study protocol(s) and guidelines.
Determine participant study eligibility, obtain informed consent, and initiate participant randomization and enrollment in research studies in accordance with regulatory and GCP guidelines and institutional policy including:
Provide a complete explanation of a study to potential volunteers so as to obtain informed consent
Conduct phone (or other remote) visits for protocols involving off-site screening, enrollment, and electronic consenting
Record and evaluate medical histories as well social and sexual histories (if required by protocol)
Draw blood for screening labs if required per protocol, and interpret the results for inclusion/exclusion criteria, as well as for medical follow-up if needed
Provide pregnancy prevention counseling for women, including contraceptive counseling as needed
Conduct physical exam assessments per protocol requirements
Follow study protocol for each participant visit
Perform clinical procedures including vital signs, vaccine administration, blood draws, IV infusions, and physical exam assessments
Maintain appropriate source documentation and complete case report forms/electronic case report forms
Identify, assess, and report adverse events in accordance with protocol and regulatory guidelines and institutional policy
Provide various forms of health education to study participants and provide appropriate referrals to community medical, social, substance abuse and mental health programs if needed
Help to maintain the compliance of participants with protocol visit schedule
Provide support for community education and recruitment with the VTU community educator, recruitment coordinator, and recruiters
Assist the clinic coordinator and/or the supervising clinician in managing the daily operations of a research study
Assist the clinic coordinator and/or the supervising clinician in developing tools for study implementation including data collection tools and study reference materials
Provide leadership and guidance to program/research/clinical assistants in the execution of their duties relative to protocol implementation and conduct
Maintain thorough knowledge in the field through attending related project meetings and symposia, reading related literature, and maintaining professional associations
Current WA state RN license with a minimum of one year of post-certification nursing experience required.
This position will support our remote and mobile clinics so travel within WA State and flexible hours will be necessary. Will require weekend and evening hours.
Two years of clinical research experience is strongly preferred.
Previous experience in clinical data collection is preferred.
Strong written and verbal communication skills including computer skills, proficiency with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint are essential.
The ability to be culturally fluent, comfortable and aware of various community backgrounds and perspectives is critical. Experience working with underrepresented and marginalized communities, including communities of color, transgender individuals, and the LGBTQ+ community preferred.
Knowledge of Spanish is helpful.
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