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Job Summary

This job opening is for a Unit-Based Temporary RN position in the Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU)

* Please note that these positions do not qualify for UMHS benefits and specific terms and conditions of employment are negotiated at the department level.
These positions are not covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the University of Michigan and the Michigan Nurses Association and the U of M Professional Nurse Council.

* In addition:
Unit- based temporary employees who have worked 400 hours in a calendar year then become a
Per Diem employee and have an obligation to pay dues or service fees as covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the University of Michigan and the Michigan Nurses Association and the U of M Professional Nurse Council.

* Once the employee meets the 400 hour threshold, they then are a union member for the duration of employment as Per Diem.
Temporary APRN employees and MVC temporary employees are not eligible for Per Diem status.

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.


This position has primary responsibility to MCRU research nursing activities and is physically located there.

The Registered Nurse is accountable for the delivery of direct research particiapnt care, including education and the management of infusions and investigational products, injections, physical assessments consistent with research protocol requirements and within the nursing scope of practice.

The RN administers investigational and clinically approved injections, IV hydration, blood products, chemotherapies, performs protocol specific physical assessments, and assists with procedures.

The candidate must have demonstrated the following in his/her current position:

• Competent performance and demonstrated clinical skill set consistent with the needs of this position (infusion experience, IV and phlebotomy)

• Accountable for the management of research participants

• Utilizes critical thinking skills to recognize and solve protocol specific tasks and questions.

• Utilizes the nursing process and nursing standards to prevent or manage actual/potential participant problems Identifies research participant/family learning needs and ensures that they are met.

• Serves as a research advocate.

Communication and Respect

• Maintains a highly professional and positive attitude regardless of workload and stress level.

• Inputs, retrieves and interprets data from multiple manuals and computer- based information systems.

• Exhibits professional verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

Professional Leadership

• Utilizes time in an efficient manner by completing assigned duties.

• Performs procedures in a safe, efficient and cost -effective manner.

• Completes all other clinical and administrative duties as assigned.

• Implements change to achieve identified team goals.

Team Work

• Uses organizational skills to assure the team provides safe, efficient care to the participant.

• Uses organizational skills to assure continuity of care in collaboration with the study team and other disciplines through appropriate planning, education and coordination of services.

• Safely and appropriately delegates to other health care team members.

• Collaborates with study team to facilitate and optimize the care of the participant.

Research and Quality Improvement

• Acts on behalf of participants and family to ensure care that is safe and appropriate with consideration for values, diversity, and human rights.

• Participates in nursing and medical research and facilitates transfer of new knowledge to patient care.

• Participates in the Quality Improvement Process.

Expectations of the position:

• Has critical thinking skills to understand research practice and protocol compliance, coordinate and perform multiple activities and problem solve.

• Demonstrated ability to practice independently, set goals, promote teamwork.

• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, efficiently, and communicate well with others (including peers).

• Demonstrated abilities in interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills and problem -solving skills within all levels of the health care team.

The University of Michigan Health is a Magnet recognized healthcare facility! We were also awarded the US News and World Report #1 hospital in Michigan and #11 hospital in the nation, 2020-2021!

Nursing Specific Info

Required qualifications must be met by the candidate in order to be interviewed and considered for the position.
If you have questions regarding this posting or would like assistance with nursing opportunities please contact Nurse Recruitment at (734) 936-5183.

Required Qualifications*

• Current licensure as a Registered Nurse to practice nursing in the State of Michigan

• Two (2) years of RN experience in an environment where research was conducted, in addition to clinical care in an ambulatory or inpatient setting

One (1) year of recent infusion RN experience


NOTE: In order to be considered for this position the applicant must have met or will have met all the required qualifications prior to the start date of employment.

RESUME REQUIRED (for both internal & external applicants): 

You must attach a complete and accurate resume to be fully considered for this position.

Desired Qualifications*


• Experience in Ambulatory Care Nursing/Inpatient direct research expeirence

• Pediatric RN experience

• Demonstrated ability to start IV's

• Phlebotomy skills

•Experience with electronic medical records, specifically EPIC.

Computer/Typing skills (Microsoft and Excel)


Work Schedule

Hours/week: MCRU is open from 7am to 5:30, hours will be based on department staffing needs

Shifts: Day/Evening shifts, Monday thru Friday with occasional saturday and holidays

Location: MCRU

Additional Information


1. Each Per Diem or unit-based temporary employee working three or more shifts per scheduling period will be scheduled to work a minimum of two weekend shifts per scheduling period (8 hours = 1 shift). The contractual definition of a weekend applies for Per Diem or unit-based temporary employees.*
Per Diem or unit-based temporary nurses who preschedule two or fewer shifts per scheduling period do not have to meet the weekend requirements.
They may add additional UNANTICIPATED SHIFTS ONLY.

2. Each Per Diem or unit-based temporary nurse will be expected to work a portion of scheduled shifts on off shifts (recommended guide: 25%).

3. Managers may establish additional guidelines based upon individual unit scheduling requirements. Therefore, it is recommended that managers and per diem nurses or unit-based temporary meet to discuss specific unit

4. Each Per Diem or unit-based temporary nurse will be scheduled to work the number of shifts during holiday weeks that reflects his/her normal scheduling pattern. Per Diem or unit-based temporary nurses should be scheduled to work shifts during three out of the six holiday weeks and one of these weeks should be Christmas or New Year's week. (A week is defined as Sunday through Saturday during which the holiday falls).

Per Diem or unit-based temporary nurses are to be scheduled after all regular staff are scheduled per contract language.

*Guidelines apply to all Per Diem or unit-based temporary nurses regardless of hire date.

Additional Information

This temporary position may meet eligibility requirements for health care benefits.

Background Screening

University of Michigan Health System 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.

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.