Research in Patient Services
Research Nurses at Cincinnati Children's

Our Research Nurses

Research nurses work in a specialty area of nursing that provides nursing care in a research setting. Cincinnati Children’s Research Nurses come from both clinical and research backgrounds. They contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge, development of therapies, the establishment of medication safety, dosage and effectiveness, and the improvement of health. Their primary role is to ensure that patients are safe and data is collected ethically and accurately.

They work with investigators, study coordinators, regulatory specialists, and other colleagues to plan and conduct more than 1,000 active clinical research studies at Cincinnati Children’s including Pilot and Phase I-IV studies in both pediatrics and adult care. There are approximately 90 Research Nurses working in over 25 different divisions across the institution.

Research Nurse Forum

The development of the Research Nurse Forum in 2011 formalized the connection between Research Nurses and the professional practice of nursing at Cincinnati Children’s allowing the Forum to make shared decisions with Patient Services and research leadership that affect professional practice.

For more information about the Research Nurse Forum, contact:
Dana Raab, RN, BSN, MS
Clinical Research Nurse Practice Leader


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Research Nurses presenting a poster at IACRN.

Join our team of Research Nurses

If you are interested in becoming a research nurse or have questions about employment and nursing recruitment, contact:

Sheila Perry, BSN, RN
HR Specialist - Nursing Recruitment

Professional Education and Development Opportunities for Research Nurses

Master of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research (MACPR)
An online-only interdisciplinary graduate degree program.
- Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University


Master of Science in Clinical Research Management
A graduate degree program designed to advances your nursing and health care career, providing skills for a career in the diverse and complex field of clinical research management at

- Arizona State University

International Association of Clinical Research Nurses (IACRN)
IACRN is a professional nursing organization dedicated to supporting educational and professional needs of clinical research nurses (CRNs).

Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA)

SoCRA's mission is to provide training, continuing education, and an internationally recognized certification program that promotes quality clinical research to protect the welfare of research participants and improve global health. 

Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

ACRP's mission is to provide global leadership to promote integrity and excellence for the clinical research profession and also offers certification.

National Institute of Health (NIH) - Domain of Practice for the Specialty of Clinical Research Nursing

The domain of practice for the specialty of clinical research nursing includes care provided to research participants, as well as activities to support protocol implementation, data collection, and human subject protection.