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At the Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical Research Center (CRC), our nurses provide an array of services including reviewing and implementing research protocols, collecting research samples and data and caring for our research volunteers.
The Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical Research Center (CRC) Nurses provide an array of resources and support to implement protocols on the CRC, including the administration of medications, performance of physiologic measurements, collection of research data and laboratory specimens, and provision of healthcare education and information related to the research study.
Nurses also provide for the physical safety, care, and comfort of research volunteers on the CRC. In addition, nursing staff review protocols and consult with investigators to optimize appropriate utilization of the services provided.
CLINICAL RESEARCH NURSES
CRC nurse with a pediatric research participant
Consistent with Mass General Patient Care Services, nursing practice on the CRC is patient-centered and family-focused. The clinical research nurses provide compassionate and comprehensive care via nursing assessments and interventions to study participants. Nurses provide for the physical safety, care and comfort of the research participants while on the CRC. The CRC nurses are experienced and knowledgeable in nursing research and clinical areas such as pediatrics, oncology, psychiatry, gastroenterology, renal, endocrinology, cardiology, anesthesia and neurology.
The CRC nurses participate in Partners Institutional Review Boards and Patient Care Services activities and committees, as well as hold memberships and leadership positions in professional local, national and international organizations.
The CRC nurses support scientific research from all disciplines. Each active study protocol conducted on the CRC with a nursing component has an assigned primary and associate protocol nurse. The CRC nurses perform reviews of research protocols and collaborate with study teams to optimize the appropriate utilization of CRC resources and assist in the operationalization of protocols. Working with the interdisciplinary team, nurses assess, teach, and care for all needs of research patients.
CRC nurses provide skills such as administering investigational drugs, stimulation testing, intravenous glucose tolerance testing and physiological “clamp” studies, frequent blood sampling, collection of laboratory specimens, provision of healthcare education related to the research study as well off unit (scatter bed) support. They practice “beyond the walls of the CRC”. The CRC nursing staff provides nursing care to participants undergoing imaging studies at Charlestown Navy Yard (CNY), psychosocial studies at Simches, and studies throughout the main campus including those in the Emergency department, inpatient units, and intensive care units, among others.
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
The CRC CNS performs needs assessments and provides educational sessions and mentoring as appropriate to maintain consistency and quality of nursing care. The CNS collaborates with RNs during protocol development and implementation to ensure that appropriate MGH resources are utilized to educate staff in accurate and safe protocol implementation.
Other roles specific to the CNS include:
CRC nurse completing an interview with a research participant
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with additional education and training that allows them to diagnose, treat, and write orders and prescriptions while caring for patients within a nursing framework. The NPs on the CRC are board certified in their specialty area, and are all ACLS certified.
The NPs on the CRC collaborate with colleagues to develop a patient-focused model of care to implement research studies in a safe, caring, and competent manner. The CRC NPs care for patients of all ages across the health to illness spectrum.
Specific role functions include:
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