Research Nurse - Neurosurgery


The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research, and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees, and the public.


The primary purpose of the Research Nurse position is to provide and coordinate independent, advanced research and protocol-related clinical aspects of investigational trials in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team and external sponsors in order to achieve quality clinical trials outcomes. The Senior Research Nurse may supervise other research personnel in the department in the absence of the Research Nurse Supervisor/Manager.

The ideal candidate will have current or recent Research Nurse experience from a Medical Oncology Department and experience with complex protocols, sponsored clinical trials, FDA involvement and/or chemotherapy trials.


Protocol Operations

• Assumes responsibility for the effective operation of research protocols in collaboration with the Principal Investigator (PI) and study sponsor.

• Assesses patients for protocol eligibility through personal interviews and medical record review.

• Assesses patients for follow-up appointments per protocol requirements. Accurate and successful patient recruitment, scheduling, and retention.

• Coordinates and monitors patients associated with a protocol. Collaborates with the multidisciplinary team as necessary.

• Provides documentation in the patient's medical record or recruitment log per the protocol and institutional requirements.

• Responsible for designated secondary protocol assignments. Accurately reviews new protocol assignments for consistency and clarity.

• Creates protocol-specific documentation reference tools.

• Responsible for day-to-day regulatory management.

• Assists the PI in the evaluation of patient response to protocol therapy.

• Provides protocol summary reports as requested.

• Assists the PI and support staff with protocol management, content, and data analysis.

Protocol Auditing & Education

• Participates in organization/coordination of information expected to be monitored/audited.

• Prepares for external monitoring or auditing visits.

• Identifies and provides patient and family education needs regarding treatment management, evaluation and follow-up in a clinical trial through talking with patients.

• Administers investigational medications as required by the protocol, following acceptable nursing procedures/guidelines.

• Participates in budgets and research-related charges for assigned protocols.

• Maintains a high level of professional expertise and credibility through educational programs.

• Provides professional and ancillary staff education concerning research protocols by presenting in-services in clinic and inpatient units.

Research Updates

• Keep current concerning research, oncology and data management issues through reading, attending meetings and in-services.

• Attends departmental research meetings and conferences.

• Supervises other personnel in the absence of the Research Nurse Supervisor/Manager.

• Assists Research Nurses in protocol management.

• Serves as a preceptor for new Research Nurses and provides training and development of research personnel.

Other duties as assigned

Required: Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing.

Required: One year of registered nursing experience.

Required: Current State of Texas Professional Nursing license (RN). Basic Life Support (BLS) or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.
Preferred: American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) or PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certification as required by patient care area.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information
  • Requisition ID: 144224
  • Employment Status: Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay
  • Work Week: Day/Evening
  • Fund Type: Soft
  • Remote Work: Onsite
  • Pivotal Position: Yes
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 66,000
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 87,500
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 108,962
  • Science Jobs: No