Clinical research nursing focuses on the care of research participants and the protocols of clinical research and trials. The clinical researcher nurse (CRN) balances the needs of the participant and the requirements of research across settings. The result: exceptional, ethical, and safe care that yields reliable, valid data and findings, high quality research outcomes, and, in time, better quality health care.
A recent publication Clinical Research Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (details here) addresses advances regarding the Clinical Research Nurse specialtist's unique body of knowledge: nursing care; research regulations; scientific process; and data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
The seventeen competency-based standards of CRNs frame evaluation of practice outcomes and goals and delineate what is expected of all CRNs and the scope of practice (which establishes the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the CRN practice) is the context for applying the competency-based standards.
We belief that the establishment of the CRN as a specialist in the USA will enhance the practice and career opportunities of clinical researh nurses globally.
The Contribution of clinical research nurses to Nursing and Patient Care
Ali Mortimer, Lead Nurse Research & Development, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Research Nurses Play a Vital Role
Our nurses play a vital role in delivering studies in the NHS. Watch this video of Lorraine and Sharon's stories to find out more.
Career Advice on becoming a Research Nurse by Sara S
Sara works as a research nurse and describes this as "somebody who's done their usual nurse training but has then gone on to develop an interest in clinical research." She is motivated by "Getting positive feedback from people. Knowing that I've done a good job."
Southampton's Research Nurses
In their distinctive grey uniforms, Southampton's research nurses are amongst the best in the UK, providing the best care and the highest quality research. Watch video
Making the pivotal moves to become a Research Nurse
MD Anderson Research Nurses describe their unique career path on the steps they took to become a Research Nurse. The Research Nurses also explain the major functions and responsibilities of their role along with how they contribute to the success of Making Cancer History.
The Faces of Research Nurses: Changing the Future
Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, University of Michigan
Why is Research Important to Nursing?
by Leta Malcolm
‘Role Transition’ when becoming a Research Nurse
Following the decision to become a research nurse, the first few months can be quite difficult and can really make you wonder whether or not you have made the right decision. You miss the routine of the ward, the camaraderie of your peers and feeling like you actually know what you are doing! Read more
What is a research nurse and what do they do?
I am often asked, by nurses not working in research, “what is a research nurse and what do they do” “what are the responsibilities of a research nurse”? Read more
Research Nurse career interviews: research nursing, a career choice with opportunities
While browsing the internet one evening, I came across this video about Sara Stearn, a research nurse colleague from my days in Cambridge. I thought Sara did such a wonderful job of demonstrating how research nursing has offered her many opportunities for growth and development, and that working in clinical research can be a very rewarding part of a career in nursing. Read more
What does it take to be a good research nurse?
If you were asked to define the characteristics of a good research nurse, what would they be? Read more
Research nurse: comparison of role in various countries
I recently read an article written by Sandra Brinkman-Denney, a graduate student in the USA, who was carrying out a review of the literature to show evidence that the scope of the research nurses’ advanced specialty role met ANA’s Standard 13. She investigated the similarities and differences between research nurses worldwide. In her literature review, she compared the role of research nurses from North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region and here is what she found. Read more
Research nurse moves beyond clinical research delivery to design and dissemination
I was pleased to talk at the Clinfield conference about developing the research nurse role beyond research delivery, and trying to find ways of getting involved with more of the broader research process. Research nurse roles generally are focussed on the ‘participant recruitment and data collection’ stage of research, however from generating research ideas and designing studies to disseminating the results there is much more to get involved with! Read more
Why did you become a research nurse?
Like many of you I ‘fell’ into research nursing. Some are scouted by a professor with a project and a grant or a senior research nurse who spotted your ‘talent’ while working alongside you in out-patient clinic. Today even scientists are drawn to clinical research exchanging petri dishes for patients. Read more
Preparing for a Research Nurse Interview?
Interviews (including research nurse interviews) can be terrifying, but preparation can go a long way in settling your nerves and helping you to make a good impression and put your best self forward. There are some things you can do prior to the interview and some likely questions you can prepare for in advance. Read more