Clinical Research Nurse
Boston, MA
Job Description

Under the direction of the Clinical Manager for Biomedical Research, the Clinical Research Nurse works in association with other research staff to in completing clinical and other research related duties according to specific study protocols. This position is limited to 12 months, with the possibility of extension.

Representative Duties:
1. Provides clinical care under established study protocols

  • Assesses study participants' state of health and being, including monitoring for adverse events of study procedures and products, to be reported to the study clinician, principle investigator, and/or study sponsors as required and as indicated using sound clinical judgement.
  • Performs specified clinical procedures according to study protocols, which includes but is not limited to: phlebotomy, obtaining vital signs, administering injections, obtaining oral and genital cultures, obtaining urine/stool/tissue specimens, conducting detailed health histories, performing physical assessments, administering oral or intravenous medications, starting and maintaining peripheral intravenous lines, performing EKGs.
  • Assesses, interprets and reports laboratory results; communicates and documents lab results to participant, other study clinicians and to primary care providers, as requested by participants, within the guidelines of informed consent and department policy
  • Completes point-of-care laboratory testing, including running required quality controls
  • Provides technical assistance to and oversight of Research Associates who are performing designated clinical procedures, such as phlebotomy
  • Responds to emergency calls for medical assistance within the building

2. Provides study specified health counseling and education

  • Conducts pre- and post-test HIV counseling and education and risk reduction education per community, agency and study standards
  • Conducts behavioral interviews with study participants in a clear, open-minded, non-judgmental context; maintains established guidelines of confidentiality and ethical accountability in all discourse with all study participants
  • Conducts informed consent and/or provides study specific education during the informed consent process as needed

3. Provides care coordination and continuity

  • Performs triage for study participants regarding adverse events and other medical issues and provides supported referrals as indicated
  • Provides clients with emotional support and makes appropriate referrals to mental health and other support care providers as needed
  • Reports adverse events and health concerns or participants to clinician/investigator, study sponsor, and/or primary care provider as indicated within protocol specific time frames
  • Coordinates with outside medical providers as needed to ensure care continuity

4. Accurately documents research data

  • Accurately documents all clinical data, which includes but is not limited to: vital signs, medical histories, medication/study product administration, lab results
  • Completes and submits Case Report Forms accurately and in a timely manner
  • Completes visit notes in a timely manner
  • Maintains study product/medication accountability records and coordinates study product coordination with study pharmacists
  • As needed, responds to data queries and meets with study monitors as indicated by the study sponsor within protocol specified time frames
  • As needed, responds to laboratory data queries and performs regular laboratory quality control on all specimens stored for short term and long term storage
  • Maintain study data in compliance with study sponsor/government agency standards

5. Performs study coordination duties

  • Assists with scheduling participant appointments
  • Develops protocol specific source documents and case report forms
  • Assists with developing and maintaining protocol specific study databases
  • Assists project manager with completing submissions to the IRB in a timely manner
  • Participates in writing and editing clinical Standard Operating Procedures
  • Actively participates on all study-related conference calls and attends study specific operations meetings and trainings
  • Actively participates in Quality Assurance activities that relate to the delivery of quality nursing/clinical care
  • Processes, stores, and ships laboratory specimens
  • Maintains clinical equipment per manufacturer and protocol requirements

6. Supports staff to recruitment of study participants and assists with community engagement and education

  • Works with the recruitment team and other staff persons to participate in the recruitment of study volunteers for specified clinical or behavioral research trials
  • Work with recruitment team or other staff persons to identify creative measures for reaching potential study volunteers
  • Assists with telephone screening of potential participants and provides
  • Educates potential volunteers about specific research studies
  • May assist with community engagement and education activities, which may include developing and providing educational presentations to community groups

7. Meets agency expectations

  • Adheres to all agency and departmental policies and procedures
  • Participates in quality assessment and improvement activities as requested
  • Adheres to the highest principles of patient and client confidentiality
  • Adheres to established safety policies, procedures and precautions
  • Identifies potential or actual unsafe situations in the environment and takes measures to rectify the situation
  • Attends staff meetings, in-services and professional trainings as required
  • Maintains professional competence necessary to perform job responsibilities; maintain and provides agency with records of continuing education activities
  • Serves on agency committees and in professional organizations when requested
  • Maintains clinical licensure requirements

8. Performs related duties as required

We offer competitive salaries, and for those who qualify, an excellent benefits package; including comprehensive medical and dental insurance plans, and a retirement plan with employer match. We also provide 11 paid holidays, paid vacation, and more.
LGBTQ-identified persons, people of color, and others from historically underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.


  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Current BLS certification
  • Bachelor's degree in health-related field required, Bachelor of Science in Nursing preferred
  • Minimum 1 year in a clinical setting preferred; will consider new graduate; clinical research experience highly desirable
  • Phlebotomy and IV placement experience highly desirable.
  • Excellent health history and physical assessment skills
  • Working knowledge of HIV pathophysiology, prevention, and treatment
  • Familiarity working with individuals at risk for or living with HIV
  • Ability to function autonomously in a collaborative team
  • Experience working with an ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse work staff preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • Requires being able to work a 7.5 hour day, the majority of it sitting (>70%)
  • Requires handling average-weight objects up to 15-20 pounds, assisting with patients' standing and/or walking when necessary
  • May work with blood or blood-borne pathogens
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment
Job Type Full-time