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The INSPIRE study (INfant Susceptibility to Pulmonary Infections and Asthma following RSV Exposure) began in 2012. The study is a birth cohort design that includes 1951 term babies recruited over a two-year period. The infants were followed intensively in the first year of life and then annually until age 4. Currently the study is in its second funding cycle to continue through age 8.
INSPIRE is 1 of 12 studies at ten locations across the United States that will conduct research in childhood respiratory health as part of the ECHO consortium. This research includes more than 10,000 children across the U.S. ECHO (The Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes) which is a National initiative to understand the role of the early life environment on children's health. Over the next seven years, researchers throughout the US will investigate how exposure to environmental factors during pregnancy, infancy and through early childhood influences the health of children and adolescents. ECHO will focus on four major health areas: asthma, neuro-development, obesity and perinatal outcomes, while also studying and comparing with healthy children.
JOB SUMMARY: Implementation, support, and evaluation of processes relating to clinical procedures required on patients participating in clinical trials. Provide quality care for patients participating in clinical trials. Maintains knowledge of computer systems and provides input on the improvement of workflow processes. Collaborates with research teams to improve the quality of care for patients on study.
Conveys a basic awareness of policies, procedures, and regulations governing human subject's research and incorporates them in the conduct of research and care of participants.
Possesses a basic awareness of the Federal regulations governing the protection of human subjects, e.g., FDA, OHRP, GCP/ICH guidelines, and HIPAA regulations.
Possesses a basic awareness of the Vanderbilt policies and regulations governing the protection of human subjects.
Possesses a basic awareness of the operations of the Vanderbilt Institutional Review Board and its requirements for the protection of human subjects (Seeks to attend IRB 101 in-service and completes IRB testing requirements prior to beginning interactions with human subjects.
Communicates a basic awareness of the management and implementation of clinical trial operations
Exhibits the capability to understand and follow a clinical study protocol.
Understands and is capable of performing the procedures required of each study protocol (obtains training needed to safely and accurately perform or assess required procedures.
Identifies equipment and supplies needed to fulfill project requirements.
Participates in the determination of eligibility and recruits candidates for a specified study participation.
Collaboratively participates in study team meetings.
Serves as an advocate for human subjects by establishing and maintaining communication with Investigators, research staff, Sponsors, participants and representatives of professional organizations, participant advocates, and the public responsible for, or concerned about, protections for human participants of research
With guidance assesses and evaluates potential participants pertinent medical and historical information to ensure only appropriate subjects are enrolled in clinical trials.
Continuously assesses participants to ensure continued eligibility for participation in research.
Participates in the ongoing informed consent process, ensuring that human subjects, their families, and other health care providers clearly understand what is expected of and from them in the course of participating in a clinical trial.
Utilizes nursing skills to complete research protocols which may include patient recruitment, screening, scheduling and organizing of study visits, enrollment, assessments, interviews, laboratory and diagnostic studies, medication dispensing and other protocol specific investigational procedures.
Encourages open communication with participants by providing them with contact information and being available to answer, address or refer their calls.
With supervision uses and documents the nursing process to plan, deliver and evaluate goal focused, individualized, safe, age-specific care as it relates to uncomplicated research participants and with assistance for complicated research participants.
Performs procedures for research as they are described in the protocol, deviating from the protocol only when a subject's safety is at risk and reports all deviations from the protocol to the Principal Investigator and/or senior personnel who will determine of a protocol amendment or other safety assessments are required.
Actively identifies and participates in training, education, and development activities to improve own knowledge and performance to sustain and enhance professional development. Pursues avenues to ensure awareness of the latest information available to nurses conducting clinical research
Assumes responsibility for continuous learning, engaging in a minimum of 2 hours of educational activities annually or pursuing an advanced academic education or certifications.
Participates in and maintains professional certifications, licensure and credentialing as required of nurses employed at Vanderbilt (i.e., CPR certification).
Identifies areas for potential improvement and escalates appropriates.
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