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Position Details

Position Information

Title Research Nurse
Department Arthritis Center-Research (0771)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center is seeking a full-time Clinical Research Nurse to oversee and conduct clinical trials in our Clinical Research Unit.

The selected Research Nurse will possess the ability to apply in-depth knowledge about the care of adult research participants, patients and clients; to rapidly recognize and anticipate subtle changes based on past experiences; and to coordinate and communicate with appropriate resources as needed. This Research Nurse position will serve as a department-based role model and resource for policies, procedures and nursing care. The professional expectation will be to coordinate and oversee clinical or field operation of medical research projects, and also participate in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care in clinical research studies.

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center (UAAC) is one of twelve Centers of Excellence at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of patients. We do this through research ranging from molecules to people, by empowering patients to take charge of their lifestyles and by equipping providers/clinicians and scientists to develop and apply novel and more effective therapies.

The UAAC remains the only center of its kind in the state of Arizona dedicated to multidisciplinary research and education related to musculoskeletal, rheumatic, and autoimmune diseases. As arthritis affects one in every three Arizonans, education and outreach are critical components in improving the lives of those afflicted with this debilitating disease. Dedicated to eradicating arthritis as a cause of human suffering through biomedical and clinical research, education and patient care, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center (UAAC) was one of the first to employ a multi-disciplinary approach to combat arthritis, rheumatic, and bone-related diseases.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Work with the Investigators to ensure that potential study participants meet eligibility requirements and that qualifying patients are appropriately consented into the research protocol.
  • Coordinate clinical trials according to protocols; administer nursing care functions within the clinical trials, including assessing patient status, vital signs, ECG’s and lab specimen collection; scheduling of radiology procedures and study exams; processing and packaging lab samples.
  • Dispense and administer investigational drug (oral, IV, SC); assess participants for evidence of side effects or other problems and notify principal investigator.
  • Manage the development of source documents and other data collection/tracking tools as needed; coordinate to ensure timely and accurate data entry and query resolution.
  • Train, supervise and mentor Clinical Research Unit Staff.
  • Make ethical/moral decisions guided by GCP.
  • Ensure processes are in place to protect research participant/patient and family rights information.
  • Provide oversight of clinical research unit-related activities at Rheumatology Clinics.
  • Proactively see through on the contribution of the interdisciplinary team in research team meetings and discussions regarding research participant/patient care and/or other research issues.
  • Assist others to work collaboratively valuing the contributions of the various disciplines in addressing research issues.
  • Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to learning about the pathophysiology of musculoskeletal and autoimmune rheumatic diseases and their associated treatments.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of nursing care.
  • Ability to coach others to respect the contribution of the entire team.
  • Skill in medical assessment techniques.
  • Skill in maintaining detailed records.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
Minimum Qualifications
  • A minimum of two years of clinical research experience in industry sponsored trials.
  • A minimum of two years of documented experience conducting nursing level assessments.
  • Experience with electronic Case Report Forms.
  • Current CPR certification.
  • Ability to travel among clinical sites and the Clinical Research Office.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from a State Board of Nursing approved school of nursing; OR, Associate’s degree or diploma in Nursing from a State Board of Nursing approved school of nursing AND two years of professional nursing experience; AND currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Arizona OR, possesses a temporary license from the Arizona State Board of Nursing to practice as a Registered Nurse; permanent license from the Arizona State Board of Nursing required within four (4) months of employment; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability to multi-task and manage a large number of projects in a timely manner.
  • Ability to function as a team leader through interactive contributions and fulfillment of assigned duties, as needed.
  • Demonstrated skill in prioritization and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to act as the primary liaison with patients, clinical research staff, industry sponsors and principal investigators.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to fulfill the role of primary liaison with an emphasis on interactions between patients, clinical staff, industry sponsors and principal investigators.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Fluent in Spanish (written and oral).
  • Availability to attend out-of-state Investigator meetings.
  • Previous work experience with the EPIC or Cerner electronic health record system.
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $36,440 - $55,838 Annually, DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24488
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 02/12/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

C. Kent Kwoh, MD

Open Date 01/19/2018
Review Start Date 01/26/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quick Link for Internal Postings
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from a State Board of Nursing approved school of nursing; OR, an Associate's degree or diploma in Nursing from a State Board of Nursing approved school of nursing AND two years of professional nursing experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Are you currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Arizona OR, do you possess a temporary license from the Arizona State Board of Nursing to practice as a Registered Nurse? (In the latter case, a permanent license from the Arizona State Board of Nursing will be required within four (4) months of employment.)
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have at least two years of clinical research experience in industry sponsored trials?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have at least two years of conducting nursing level assessments?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Describe your experience with electronic case report forms.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Do you have a current CPR certification?
    • YES
    • NO
  8. * Are you willing to travel to other clinical sites from the main office?

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents