Considering a role within research?

Nurses within research provide and deliver high quality patient care to support the delivery of clinical research studies within a service or department.

Duties could include preparing trial protocols and other trial-related documentation, dealing with data collection, submitting study proposals for regulatory approval, and coordinating the initiation, management and completion of the research.

Examples of jobs within Research:

  • Clinical research nurse
  • Research and development nurse
  • Research sister / charge nurse
  • Senior clinical research nurse
  • Research associate
  • Research midwife
  • Clinical academic

If you're interested in research roles...

  • Most trusts or organisations will have a Research and Development department who can put you in touch with the lead clinical research nurse. Ask them about shadowing or short term work placements.
  • Find out if there's any work, projects or initiatives around research / quality improvement / innovation going on, and ask to be involved.
  • Join the RCN Research Society and have a look at the RCN's dedicated Research and Innovation resources
  • Contact relevant organisations and companies to arrange informal visits, to gain more info, insight and contacts.
  • Try to shadow nurses in various research roles.. This could be through your networking, informal visits or through your current employer.
  • Use your contacts, colleagues, etc. to get in touch with nurses working in research. Ask them if you can take their contact details for future reference.
  • Study research vacancies - What experience and skills do employers want? Some band 5 posts may not require prior research experience.
  • If appropriate, speak to your manager for support, and make sure any goals or aspirations are documented in your 121s.
  • See if your employer offers mentoring or coaching, or has any career frameworks. 

RCN Research and Innovation 

Resources, information, useful links and more 

The RCN Research Society

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