Victoria Heart Institute Foundation: Clinical Research Nurse

Victoria Heart Institute Foundation
2 September 2022
Vancouver Island Health Region
Closing Date
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
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Position Title: Clinical Research Nurse

Date Prepared: 24 Aug 2022

Status: Regular Full Time

Hours: 08:00 – 16:00 (Monday – Friday)

Job Summary

The Clinical Research Nurse is responsible for coordinating research studies under the direction of the Principal Investigator. The Clinical Research Nurse ensures that patient safety, well-being, treatment, and data collection adheres to study protocols and are carried out in accordance with research standards, ICH Good Clinical Practice guidelines and Division 5 of Part C of the Food and Drug Regulations.

The Clinical Research Nurse must be self-motivated and able to comprehend new treatment modalities and share these concepts with potential research patients. The Clinical Research Nurse must be a team player that values evidence based medicine and demonstrates this attitude and philosophy with study patients.

Reporting Relationship

The Clinical Research Nurse reports to the Clinical Research Manager.

Skills Required

  • Proficiency in cardiovascular pharmacology, cardiovascular assessments, ECG interpretation and clinical relevance of laboratory results.
  • Highly motivated, driven and goal oriented.
  • Strong with computers and software programs.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills with ability to multi-task and prioritize.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Flexible nature, pro-active approach and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Eager to learn and able to adapt to new challenges.
  • Performs tasks with a high level of accuracy and able to demonstrate critical thinking.
  • Ability to work independently as well as contributing to a team in a positive and effective manner.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Coordinate clinical research studies
    • Obtain comprehensive understanding of research protocols.
    • Develop plans to successfully implement research protocols.
    • Engage with research sponsors and study monitors as required.
    • Screen potential study patients by applying defined inclusion/exclusion criteria.
    • Explain research study to prospective patient volunteers.
    • Obtain informed written consent of study patients.
    • Enroll and/or randomize study patients according to study protocol.
    • Ensure investigational product is handled according to study guidelines.
    • Ensure patient data is collected accurately from various sources including hospital medical records and patient interviews. Chart and complete data entry on schedule as per trial guidelines.
    • Complete trial training requirements for protocol initiations in a timely manner.
  2. Provide patient care and management of treatment during research studies
    • Ensures enrolled patients progress through the research protocol.
    • Provide patient care and treatment according to research protocol.
    • Ensure patient treatment provided by primary care personnel adhere to study protocol.
    • Maintain patient privacy at all times and adhere to confidentiality obligation at all times.
    • Schedule visits with patients and physicians according to study protocol.
    • Obtain and process blood samples for laboratory analysis according to protocol.
    • Initiate orders for diagnostic or therapeutic procedures as required.
  3. Liaise with health care professionals to facilitate research studies
    • Provide training to health care professionals on patient care and treatment unique to study protocol.
    • Maintain open communications with health care professionals to answer study-specific questions concerning patient treatment or study protocol as needed.
  4. Support research activities of VHIF
    • Respond to requests to assist with related duties or special projects.


Education: Formal Nursing education required

Qualifications: Registered Nurse (RN) holding a current practicing license in the Province of British Columbia.

Experience: Minimum two years nursing experience or previous research experience, with recent background in intensive care, cardiology or emergency.

Special Skills:

  • Able to effectively use computer software programs for communication and data entry into various electronic clinical research forms.
  • Complete training requirements for infectious substances and related materials (Hazmat certification).
  • Knowledge of Good Clinical Practice and ICH guidelines.
  • Knowledge of Health Canada Division 5 of Part C of the Food and Drug Regulations.

Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week

Rate: The hourly rate for this position ranges between $36 and $46 depending on the experience of the applicant.


  1. Duties may be changed as required at the discretion of the employer.
  2. The employee may be required to perform other duties within the scope and nature of this position, as assigned by Management.

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