Research Nurse, Temporary (Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program)

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Updated: September 5, 2019
Job ID: 214823
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a full-time temporary Research Nurse to support the Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP) located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, Maryland. .HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to IDCRP. Responsibilities are to perform a variety of duties to provide a full scope of quality nursing services in a clinical care facility for patients and to maintain a therapeutic environment through identifying, correcting, and reporting health and safety hazards. US Citizenship is required for this position. This is a temporary position in support of the PAIVED flu study this fall.


  1. Demonstrates the ability to assess the full scope of patient needs, using the nursing process on a continuous basis. 
  2. Provides a safe environment for patients, visitors, and employees through identifying, correcting, and reporting health and safety hazards.
  3. Recruits, screens, and consents subjects for research studies.  Collects baseline and follow up data from subjects.  Checks for validity and accuracy of data ensuring compliance with quality assurance requirements and clinical relevance.
  4. Schedules patients for appointments and visits.
  5. Interviews the patients to collect data on health history and lifestyle practices.
  6. Educates the patients and their families on a research protocol and associated responsibilities, if applicable.
  7. Coordinates and monitors the distribution of resources to maintain a therapeutic environment and notifies the appropriate staff and physicians of changes in assessment when appropriate. 
  8. Administers appropriate pharmaceuticals and treatments to patients, as necessary.
  9. Performs blood draws and obtains body fluid specimens, as necessary.
  10. Collects, organizes, catalogs, disseminates, and maintains appropriate files of current patient data, maintaining clinical records.
  11. Maintains weekly/monthly status reports on all patients.
  12. Demonstrates a skill in interpersonal relationships with patients, visitors, and co-workers.
  13. Acts as a liaison between patients and physicians and serves as a resource for the patients.  
  14. Transcribes and resolves queries of data in case report forms (hardcopy or electronic) and prepares documents, under direction of project heads, reporting statistical analyses and descriptive data from patient's study books to be used in research reports.  
  15. Adheres to legal, professional and ethical codes with respect to confidentiality and privacy. Assures that protocol requirements are achieved within Good Clinical Practice.
  16. Assists with monitoring audits/visits for protocols.
  17. Travels from their assigned workplace to support protocols at other sites as needed. 
  18. Demonstrates effective oral and written communications methods using lines of authority appropriately. 
  19. Demonstrates accountability for nursing practice through planned and continuous professional growth and development.     
  20. Demonstrates a commitment to the healthcare organization by taking responsibility for job function.
  21. Demonstrates the knowledge and judgment needed to meet the nursing needs of the patient. 
  22. Demonstrates a leadership role through clinical practice, supervision, teaching, and research when appropriate.
  23. May analyze and interpret data.
  24. Performs other duties as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of procedures and techniques necessary for performing clinical and research tasks; ability to learn and become proficient in data acquisition and clinical responsibilities related to research protocols; excellent interpersonal skills.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Graduate from an accredited nursing program, Bachelor's degree in nursing preferred. RN required

Minimum Experience: 4 to 6 years of nursing experience.

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of sitting, standing, escorting patients, carrying light items; frequent lifting, stretching and other physical exertion during positioning of patients and moving equipment; may encounter patients who are confused, agitated, or abusive.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Licensed as a Registered Nurse Maryland, certified in basic cardiac life support (BCLS).

Work Environment: Office and clinical patient care area; possible weekend hours. Exposed to patients’ conditions and some unpleasant sights, smells, and contagious diseases.

Background: US Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and hold Department of Defense issued Secret Clearance.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.