The Research Nurse works for the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (Center) as part of its infectious disease prevention team. This is a full-time position. This position works together with the Center’s field and Baltimore-based research team to assist in the development, coordination and delivery of field-based public health services. This position is based in one or more of the Arizona and New Mexico field sites and is supervised by the Research Nurse Supervisor or Nurse Coordinator.
The Center has a mission to work in partnership with American Indian tribes to raise the health status and self-sufficiency of American Indian people to the highest possible level. This mission is accomplished through three core activities: 1) research, 2) service, and 3) training.
The goals of the infectious disease prevention projects are to evaluate the impact and efficacy of research projects aimed at improving health outcomes for Native American families and communities. Study data results will focus on public health outcomes specific to the approved protocols at the worksite.
Project activities include significant field-based travel by car and extensive study documentation completion. Attention to detail is required.
Brief summary of duties and qualifications:
- Comply with University and Center daily work policies and procedures.
- Assure efficient, complete and accurate implementation of all aspects of multiple study protocols.
- Interact on a regular basis with Johns Hopkins faculty and staff members to administer the clinical components of research programs.
- Work daily in a team setting with physicians, pharmacists and nurses within the Indian Health Service facilities and collaborating hospitals and clinics where our programs are located.
- Daily decision-making regarding organizational aspects and logistics of study protocols.
- External contact with members of the research study sponsoring agency, independent research monitors and ancillary Center staff.
- Screening of eligible participants for participation in research and service projects.
- Administering informed consent.
- Completion of computer data entry, compilation and timely submission of summary reports as assigned, accurate record-keeping of all study participant data, enrollment of study participants; appointments of study participants, monitoring of clinic visits and
- hospitalizations of study participants, chart reviews, home visits, specimen collection and processing, interviews and study subject follow-up.
- Administering of immunizations and study product.
- Adherence to administrative guidelines for vehicles, supplies and other project property.
- Travel to and perform home and hospital-based visits as required by the study protocols.
- Collection and processing of specimens per study protocol and site policies.
- Data collection, chart reviews for document accuracy and processing as needed.
- Transportation of and delivery of services to enrolled study participants as directed by field-based Investigators, Supervisors and Coordinators.
- Provide follow-up services to individuals as outlined in the study protocol.
- Facilitation of community-based meetings and events as assigned including the presentation of study approval requests, project progress and goals achieved.
- Work with the rest of the study team on duties related to the general conduct of the study and participate in staff meetings to review project goals and protocols.
- Travel to field-based training meetings on a regular basis with overnight travel as needed.
- Travel to other field sites for intermittent or long-term duties as site needs dictate.
This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.
- Must be a registered nurse.
- Licensed Valid Nursing license in the state that the position is located.
- Current American Heart Association or American Red Cross CPR certification required.
- Must maintain current licensure and certification during duration of employment.
- Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Nursing
- Minimum of one year of nursing experience
- Research experience
- Venipuncture and specimen collection experience
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Strong organizational, supervisory and data management skills and experience
- Efficient and detail-oriented
- Independent learner and worker
- Flexible and adaptable
- Ability to effectively multi-task
- Self-motivated and driven
- Excellent professional judgment and discretion
- Good oral and written communication skills, including public speaking with large and small groups
- Ability to operate a telephone, printer, fax, copier, and computer with software use experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, & Power Point
- Ability to drive a project vehicle as needed and to follow guidelines on vehicle use
- Ability to follow and oversee worksite guidelines on personal and work cell phone use
- Ability to work well with others
- Ability to take direction and respond positively to feedback in the workplace
Technical qualifications or specialized certifications
- Current driver’s license issued by the state of residence and good driving record required (if applicant has another state-issued driver’s license they will be required to obtain a valid driver’s license in the state in which they reside within the guidelines provided by that state’s motor vehicle division).
- This position will maintain current Nurse licensure.
- This position will maintain background clearance as required by the employer and any collaborating agencies.
Any specific physical requirements for the job
- Ability to travel with overnight stays required as needed. Some evening, weekend and holiday work may be required.
- May be required to float to other sites. Guidelines regarding travel time and project vehicle use will be clarified based on specific site needs.