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Job Summary

This position will serve as the Research Nurse for the Rogel Cancer Center - Clinic Research Group and will be part of the Oncology CTSU.  The candidate will be responsible for study coordination and Nursing Responsibilities for patients on clinical trials in the Cancer Center. This includes educating patients and staff on possible side effects and research procedures, organizing data, participating and planning for the research meetings. Utilizes critical thinking skills to recognize and solve patient/participant problems. Utilizes the nursing process and nursing standards to prevent or manage actual/potential patient/research participant problems in the Oncology setting. Ensures screening scheduling and coordination of care of research participants is accomplished as written in the research study protocol. Facilitates and maintains full regulatory compliance. The Research Nurse is required to have a working knowledge of protocol requirements and good clinical practices as set forth by federal regulations.

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• Coordinates clinical research studies with Study Coordinator-Data, ancillary services and clinical teams

• Supervises dose changes or laboratory abnormalities under the direction of the MD’s

• Orders study specific lab work and protocol specific procedures per study and department protocol/s

• Works with research lab services and DMs to maintain lab supplies

• Develops in-services for Infusion Clinic Nurses

• Works with finance team regarding study/pt. specific study charges

• Identifies, Screens, consents and enrolls patients on clinical trials

• Performs phlebotomy (PK, PD sampling, EKG’s and other) as necessary

• Attends investigator and coordinator meetings as applicable

• Integrates the workflow of many studies running simultaneously

• Serves as a resource and contact person for active protocols

• Along with study team, advises sponsor of inconsistencies, errors or any issues of concern that may be identified by a critique of sponsor’s protocol 

• Ensures screening, scheduling, correct timing of study visits and coordination of care of research participants is accomplished as written in the research study. 

• Educates patient/participants and their families to the purpose of clinical research. 

• Provides education to patients, families and significant others specifically related to research protocol requirements and the cancer diagnosis. 

• Educates staff about treatment, possible side effects, and complications. 

• Utilizes critical thinking skills to recognize and solve patient/participant problems. 

• Utilizes the nursing process and nursing standards to prevent or manage actual/potential patient/research participant problems in the oncology setting. 

• May provide patient care for patients. 

• Performs toxicity assessments, grading under the direction of investigator.

• Participates in the review of research study data both through internal and quality control/quality assurance and participates in quality improvement processes

• Possesses a working knowledge of clinical trial design and conduct.

• Demonstrates proficiency in operating multiple electronic applications used for documentation and obtaining results. 

• Provides information and develops appropriate resource documents, patient diaries and tracking tools for the medical and nursing staff enabling the successful completion of procedures and collection of data as written in the research study plan.

• Is able to consistently gather data and follow protocols and/or department guidelines with guidance

• Participates in the research treatment plan by reviewing the overall structure, and requirements for each protocol with the principle investigator, or designee.

• Organizational management, including, but not limited to, timeliness in completing source documentation, reporting adverse drug experiences, managing workload and managing patient study files.

• Liaison between clinical team and research team to develop processes, troubleshoot complications and facilitate communication

• Collaborates with medical staff to facilitate and optimize the care of the research patient.

• Maintains current PEERS, CITI or NIH Protection of Human Subjects Training Certification annually; 

• Maintains knowledge of current ICH and FDA guidelines. Facilitates and maintains full regulatory compliance and working knowledge of protocol requirements and good clinical practices as set forth by federal regulations

• Provides coverage for Coordinators and Research Nurses in other Oncology disease groups

• Provides Inpatient Research Coverage when needed

• Helps with study feasibility, budgets, via Oncology information and any other required information

• Maintains a highly professional and positive attitude

• Plans and Coordinates CRT and other team meetings and the information required for those meetings

• Other duties as required by Leadership

The Clinical Research Group Research Nurse will have strong interpersonal and organizational skills with excellent attention to detail, ability to multi task and work well under time constraints.  The candidate will have excellent computer skills with proficiency in all Microsoft software applications.  They will participate in the development of research goals and objectives by attending staff meetings, in-service programs, attending appropriate continuing education opportunities, staff development programs, as well as participating in Quality Improvement initiatives to support implementation of change.  

Nursing Specific Info

Salary & Nursing Framework Level:
This UMPNC RN posting is posted under the Role-Specific Advancement Model (RSAM) as:
Actual RSAM LEVEL and salary will be determined at time of hire.

Required qualifications must be met by the candidate in order to be interviewed and considered for the position. Posting may be filled after the initial 5-day posting period.
Applicants who have left the UMPNC bargaining unit must include on their resume dates of past employment including months and years of service along with effort.
Positions less than 20 hours/week may be combined.

If you have questions regarding this posting or would like assistance with nursing opportunities please contact Nurse Recruitment at (734) 936-5183.

Nursing Specific Info


Nursing at Michigan offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits!  

Salary range for Registered Nurses- $63,918.40- $101,108.80 

• Evening Shift Differential- $2.35 per hour

• Night Shift Differential- $3.20 per hour

• Weekend Differential- $1.75 per hour

The benefit package includes: 

• Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage

• 2:1 Match on retirement savings and immediate vesting

• Generous Paid Time Off Allowances

• Robust Tuition and Certification support programs

• Large offering of no cost CEs and professional development for advancement

Required Qualifications*

BSN degree

Current licensure as a Registered Nurse to practice in Michigan

Two (2) to three (3) years of experience coordinating clinical research

One (1) to three (3) years of hematology/oncology RN experience

Note: Required qualifications must be met by the candidate in order to be interviewed and considered for the position.

RESUME REQUIRED (for both internal & external applicants): You must attach a complete and accurate resume to be fully considered for this position.


Desired Qualifications*

Master’s Degree

One to Three (1- 3) years of experience with Oncology Clinical Trials

Previous experience with Epic or MiChart

SOCRA or ACRP certification

OCN certification

Work Schedule

Hours:  40 hrs/wk, flexibility is required
Shift:  Day shift, hours will vary; Monday thru Friday, with a possibility of weekends and holidays

Location:  University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center

All new employees will be expected to float to a designated unit(s) in times of low census.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Michigan Nurses Association and the U-M Professional Nurse Council union, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Selection Process

Michigan Medicine seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and to maintain the excellence of the University. We welcome applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching, and clinical mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The Department of Nursing, like the University of Michigan as a whole, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons and will not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.   

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.