Clinical Research Nursing is the specialized practice of professional nursing focused on maintaining equilibrium between care of the research participant and fidelity to the research protocol. This practice incorporates human subject's protection, care coordination and continuity, contribution to clinical science, clinical practice, and study management through a variety of professional roles, practice settings, and clinical specialties (CRN Scope & Standards of Practice, ANA & IACRN). The registered nurse provides counseling of persons or in the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of illness and injury based upon the nursing process which includes systematic data gathering, assessment, appropriate nursing judgment, and evaluation of human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as case finding, health teaching, health counseling; provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being; and executing medical regimens including administering medications and treatments prescribed by a licensed or otherwise legally authorized provider (Illinois Board of Nursing). The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community (ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses). The Quality Assurance Nurse Specialist (QANS) supports the CSPCC study team as a consultant on study management issues, monitoring aspects and compliance to GCP guidelines. A significant portion of the QANS's time may be devoted to study management activities and collaborating with study teams and other quality assurance staff. An active nursing license is needed to perform the duties of this role. Duties of the QANS will include: Assisting the study teams in centralized monitoring of assigned trials, Assist with training of site personnel on protocol and Sponsor requirements for study conduct, Providing support to the CSPCC and SMART in developing integrated monitoring plans and monitoring studies Provide support with GCP and safety monitoring of clinical studies. Provide services as safety monitoring, educating study teams as it relates to patient care during the participation in a research study and providing guidance on good clinical practice guidelines as it relates to administering investigational drugs or treatment. The Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is an Agency Program and is a division of VHA's Office of Research and Development (ORD). CSP's mission is to advance the health and care of Veterans and the nation through Cooperative Research studies that produce innovative and effective solutions to national healthcare problems. CSP specializes in very large-scale clinical research studies within the VA, across the United States, and internationally. Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital is a Level 1a major interdisciplinary teaching facility with service-lines serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients, with a comprehensive adult Emergency Department, and multiple community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC). There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. The Hines VA Hospital Blind Rehabilitation Center provides services in a residential setting. Home-Based Primary Care is provided in the veteran's home. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.