• Research Nursing

    Cincinnati Children’s is a leading pediatric research institution with a diverse offering of research nursing position opportunities. It is an academic medical center dedicated to improving the health of children and adults by delivering state-of-the-art medical care, probing the causes of health problems, and developing new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease.

    Our legacy in pediatric medical research is distinguished. Among many other contributions, Cincinnati Children’s researchers have produced the Sabin oral polio vaccine, the first practical heart-lung machine, one of the key ingredients in surfactant preparation, and the rotavirus vaccine. We have grown to be one of the largest and most technologically-advanced pediatric research institutions in the nation, with nearly 1 million square feet of research space and 450 pediatric faculty in 50 divisions. Cincinnati Children’s is the second highest recipient of National Institutes of Health grant funding among comprehensive pediatric centers, with a total research budget of more than $300 million.

    Cincinnati Children’s has earned Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. We have also been named to the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Best Places to Work” Hall of Fame and received the 2007-2008 Best Workplace for Men in Nursing Award from the American Assembly for Men in Nursing.

  • Research nurses say they came to the field looking to be challenged—and they found that challenge, along with significant rewards. Cincinnat Children’s research nurses come from both clinical and research backgrounds. Research nurses contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge, the development of therapies, the establishment of medication safety, dosage and effectiveness, as well as the improvement of future medical care. They see their work impacting entire populations of patients, touching the lives of many.

    Research nurses work as part of a team to help to plan and run clinical research studies. They work with investigators, study coordinators, regulatory specialists, and other colleagues to conduct more than 1000 active clinical research studies at Cincinnati Children’s, including Pilot and Phase I – IV in both pediatrics and adult areas. Research nurses may be involved in many aspects of clinical research studies, including:

    • developing study protocols, consents, and other documents
    • identifying and recruiting potential study participants
    • educating patients and their families about studies
    • planning and tracking study participant visits
    • collecting, monitoring, and validating data
    • training clinical staff about study procedures
    • collecting, processing and shipping participant specimens

    Some research nurses have frequent direct contact with participants enrolling in studies and their families, while others work primarily with investigators and other study staff.

    The specific skills, knowledge and experience required for research nursing vary by position, but Cincinnati Children’s generally seeks nurses with some previous clinical experience who are:

    • passionate about improving healthcare and finding better ways to diagnose and treat disease
    • independent, detail-oriented and able to multi-task
    • comfortable interacting with pediatric patients, their families and other members of the healthcare team
    • dedicated to protecting the safety of participants in research studies and the integrity of study data

    Some research nursing positions require expertise in a specific clinical area (such as hematology/oncology) or previous clinical research experience, but others do not.

    Cincinnati Children’s provides many resources for training and professional development—just one of the reasons why we’re an excellent place to begin or advance a career in research nursing. In addition to a comprehensive Patient Services orientation for those who will have direct contact with patients, research nurses participate in a multi-day Clinical Research Orientation and complete extensive training in the protection of human research subjects and good clinical practices (GCP) and more advanced Core Clinical Research Training. Other Cincinnati Children’s resources include a Research RN Forum which promotes professional standards and best practices for all research nurses to ensure quality research practices, high ethical standards, regulatory compliance, and human subject protection. Additional training is available including informed consent role-plays, monthly research nurse forum meetings, training/lecture events, and frequent programs offered by the Office of Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, the Legal Department, and other groups. Formal and informal mentoring by experienced research nurses and other research professionals is offered by individual departments and divisions and a Clinical Research Nurse Practice Leader.

    Many research nurses at Cincinnati Children’s are members of the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses (IACRN) and pursue additional training and certification from organizations such as the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) or graduate coursework in clinical research, regulatory affairs and other fields. Cincinnati Children’s has a generous tuition reimbursement program.

    For more information, please contact:

    Sheila Perry, BSN, RN