Vanderbilt University Medical Center Research Nurse Specialist III (Pediatrics Chair) in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Nurse Specialist III (Pediatrics Chair)


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Your Role :


The Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) in the Department of Pediatrics provides support for the Department’s clinical research enterprise. Focus areas are improvements in clinical research facilities, support for Division’s clinical trials activities, to support IRB, contracting, budgeting and other activities related to clinical trials, perform internal study audits, serve as a liaison to the Vanderbilt Coordinating Center, the Clinical Research Center, the Clinical Trials Center, and as an informational and educational clearing house to keep research faculty and staff apprised of the latest developments in clinical research both from external sponsors as we well as within the VUMC.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Director of the CCTR (PI), the Research Nurse Specialist III (RNS III) is responsible for supporting the Director’s efforts to improve and expand clinical research infrastructure and expertise within the Department. For specific clinical trials, the Research Nurse Specialist III with work with individual Departmental PIs assuring that the integrity and quality of the clinical research studies are maintained and are conducted in accordance with Good Clinical Practice Guidelines, federal and sponsor regulations and guidelines and Vanderbilt Policy and Procedure. The RNS III independently plans and implements recruitment procedures for potential participants, manages enrollment of the trial from screening to randomization to study completion, evaluates clinical data, ensures compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives, serves as a resource for inquiries on study projects, manages study-related procedures as required by the protocol and maintains communication with the sponsor, IRB, DSMB and other research related entities. Specific responsibilities also include subject recruitment and informed consent, both in person and by telephone, phlebotomy and sample processing and storage, data entry, and coordination of multicenter studies. This position offers the opportunity to provide leadership as part of a dynamic and growing team.

1. Knowledge, understanding, and implementation of policies, procedures, and regulations governing human subject research.

  1. Knowledge and understanding of the Vanderbilt policies and regulations governing the protection of human subjects, as well as maintains a clear understanding of the Federal regulations governing the protection of human subjects, e.g., FDA, OHRP, GCP/ICH guidelines, and HiPAA regulations

  2. Maintains working knowledge of the operations of the Vanderbilt Institutional Review Board

  3. Prepares and processes new research proposals, amendments, continuing review applications, adverse events, budgets, and D&H accounts according to institutional and departmental policies and procedures and federal regulations. Assists in budget and contract negotiation and facilitates interactions between sponsors and institutional departments.

2. Knowledge, understanding, implementation, and management of clinical trial operations

  1. Understands, implements, and follows a clinical study protocol and is able to conduct studies independently, including accurate data collection and record keeping for all aspects of the study.

  2. Ability to multi-task, managing multiple assignments while maintaining documentation and study visits and procedures in a timely manner.

  3. Utilizes nursing skills to complete all research protocols, including patient recruitment, screening, eligibility, informed consent, scheduling and organizing of study visits, enrollment, assessments, interviews, laboratory and diagnostic studies, medication dispensing and other protocol specific investigational procedures. Utilizes nursing skills and processes to identify participant and study problems, and utilizes problem-solving skills to identify and implement solutions.

  4. Provides education and training to appropriate personnel and participants in research specific methodology and procedures

  5. Proactively involved in quality improvement through ongoing assessment and through the identification of issues and planning and evaluation of quality improvement

  6. Participates in periodic site visits from sponsor, regulatory authorities and others to review research, source documentation and research procedures

  7. Maintains open and positive communications with investigators, participants, co-workers, other departments and sponsors. Collaborates with other departments to seek solutions to global research concerns.

3. Serves as an advocate for human subjects by establishing and maintaining communication with Investigators, research staff, Sponsors, participants and representatives of professional organizations, participant advocates, and public responsible for, or concerned about, protections for human participants of research

  1. Assesses and evaluates potential participants pertinent medical and historical information to ensure only appropriate subjects are enrolled in clinical trials

  2. Participates in the ongoing informed consent process, ensuring that human subjects clearly understand what is expected of and from them in the course of participating in a clinical trial

  3. Encourages open communication with participants by providing them with contact information and being available to answer their calls

  4. Performs procedures for research only as they are described in the protocol, deviating from the protocol only when a subject’s safety is at risk. Reports all deviations to the Principal Investigator and/or senior personnel who will determine of a protocol amendment or other safety assessments are required

  5. Utilizes knowledge of disease processes to observe for and report adverse events in a timely and accurate manner to all regulatory authorities (IRB, Sponsor, FDA, NIH, etc.) as required by protocol, policies and procedures and regulations

4. Actively identifies and participates in training, education, and development activities to improve own knowledge and performance to sustain and enhance own professional development. Pursues avenues to ensure awareness of the latest information available to nurses conducting clinical research; examples are provided below

1. Reviews the Research Support Services website to obtain information regarding available and required in-services, required certifications and to obtain important updates

  1. Attends the Clinical Research Staff Council and participates in CRSC activities

  2. Attends in-services advertised by the Institutional Review Board, Research Support Services, professional societies, etc

  3. Demonstrates initiative in self-directed learning, as evidenced by attendance of professional development opportunities. Actively seeks new learning opportunities. Sees learning as part of work

Position Qualifications


Graduate of an accredited discipline specific program

Substitution of experience for the minimum education requirement is not permitted.


Required months in field previous to employment: 60

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR)

LCR Requirements:

Registered Nurse



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Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:

  • US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center at ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training

  • Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.

  • Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"

  • The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score

  • National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US

  • Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee

  • Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer

  • American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US

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Graduate of an approved discipline specific program (or equivalent experience) and 5 years experience

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

  • Registered Nurse Required

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:


  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

  • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

  • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.

  • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

  • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles

  • Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

  • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.


  • Occasional: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

  • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.

  • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

Environmental Conditions

Job Research Nursing

Organization: Pediatrics Chair 104575

Title: Research Nurse Specialist III (Pediatrics Chair)

Location: TN-Nashville-DOT - VCH Doctor's Office Tower

Requisition ID: 1803910