LPN Research in the US at Vanderbilt Health: Implementation, support, and evaluation of clinical procedures required of patients enrolled in clinical trials. Patients enrolled in clinical trials should receive high-quality care. Maintains computer system knowledge and contributes to the improvement of workflow processes. Collaboration with research teams to improve the quality of care for study patients.
Summary of the Department/Unit:
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) is a pioneer in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. The center’s world-renowned team of experts provides cancer care that is integrated, personalized, and patient-centered, including treatment, research, support, education, and outreach. Patients find support from diagnosis to survivorship through a wide range of wellness programs and a leading REACH for Survivorship Clinic. VICC is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only two in Tennessee and 51 in the country, and is ranked in the top ten in the country for cancer research grant support.
Learn about Vanderbilt University Medical Center:
VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple goal of changing the world. It is located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operates at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery, and patient care. It is a place where your knowledge will be expanded and your abilities will be tested. It is a place where your culture, thinking, learning, and leading diversity are valued and celebrated. It is a place where employees understand they are a part of something bigger than themselves, where they take exceptional pride in their work, and where they never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt University’s mission is to advance health and wellness through world-class patient care, education, and research.
Our Nursing Principles:
We believe that providing highly skilled and specialized nursing care is critical to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s mission of providing high-quality patient care, education, and research. We believe that nursing is an applied art and science that focuses on assisting individuals, families, and communities in achieving optimal health and well-being.
Other Important Elements/ Responsibilities:
Conveys a fundamental understanding of the policies, procedures, and regulations governing human subject research and incorporates them into research design and participant care.
Has a basic understanding of the federal regulations governing human subject protection, such as the FDA, OHRP, GCP/ICH guidelines, and HIPAA regulations.
Has a basic understanding of Vanderbilt’s policies and regulations governing the protection of human subjects.
Has a basic understanding of the Vanderbilt Institutional Review Board’s operations and its requirements for human subject protection (
Prior to beginning interactions with human subjects, seeks to attend IRB 101 in-service and complete IRB testing requirements.
Communicates a fundamental understanding of clinical trial operations management and implementation.
Demonstrates the ability to comprehend and adhere to a clinical study protocol.
Understands and is capable of performing the procedures required by each study protocol (obtains training required to perform or assess required procedures safely and accurately).
Identifies the equipment and supplies required to complete the project requirements.
Participates in the determination of eligibility and the recruitment of candidates for study participation.
Participates in study team meetings collaboratively.
Serves as a human subjects advocate by establishing and maintaining communication with Investigators, research staff, Sponsors, participants and representatives of professional organizations, participant advocates, and the general public who are responsible for, or concerned about, the protection of human research participants.
Assesses and evaluates potential participants based on pertinent medical and historical information to ensure that only appropriate subjects are enrolled in clinical trials.
Continuously evaluates participants to ensure their continued eligibility for research participation.
Participates in the ongoing informed consent process, ensuring that human subjects, their families, and other healthcare providers understand what is expected of and from them during a clinical trial.
Nursing skills are used to complete research protocols, which may include patient recruitment, screening, scheduling and organizing study visits, enrollment, assessments, interviews, laboratory and diagnostic studies, medication dispensing, and other protocol-specific investigational procedures.
Encourages participants to communicate openly by providing contact information and being available to answer, address, or refer to their calls.
Uses and documents the nursing process with supervision to plan, deliver, and evaluate goal-focused, individualized, safe, age-specific care for uncomplicated research participants and with assistance for complicated research participants.
Performs research procedures as described in the protocol, deviating from it only when a subject’s safety is jeopardized, and reports all deviations to the Principal Investigator and/or senior personnel, who will determine whether a protocol amendment or other safety assessments are required.
Actively seeks out and participates in training, education, and development activities to improve one’s own knowledge and performance in order to sustain and advance one’s career. pursues avenues to ensure that nurses conducting clinical research are aware of the most recent information available.
Assumes responsibility for lifelong learning by participating in at least two hours of educational activities per year or pursuing advanced academic education or certifications.
Participates in and maintains professional certifications, licensure, and credentialing required of Vanderbilt nurses (i.e., CPR certification).
Identifies potential areas for improvement and escalates appropriate actions.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center houses Vanderbilt University Hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, and Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. During the fiscal year 2015, these hospitals had over 61,000 inpatient admissions. During the same time period, Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics served nearly 2 million patients. Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt have been named among the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned for its employees’ innovation, work ethic, and collegiality. Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to the staff and faculty who bring skill, drive, and innovation to the medical center on a daily basis, from medical advances to compassionate care.