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