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.