USC is hiring a Protocol Coordinator (Research Nurse). Â This position requires a person who is an experienced Registered Nurse and has a strong interest in clinical research. The role of the protocol coordinator is a diverse one. Â This person works independently, yet is able to relate well with physicians, patients, peers, data managers, and other hospital personnel. Â The Coordinator is accountable to the Medical Director and Associate Director of CISO and to the Principal Investigator(s) with whom he/she works. Â This person is familiar with and adheres to the policies and procedures of the hospital where working. The job functions include but are not restricted to those listed below.
B.Â Â Â Patient Interaction 1.Â Â Â Discusses available study protocols over phone when prospective patients/families call in.Â 2.Â Â Â Screens for potential patient protocol entry. 3.Â Â Â Coordinates pre-study evaluations and follow up with patients for any potential questions regarding the study and toxicities. 4.Â Â Â Assesses psychosocial needs to ensure patient compliance. 5.Â Â Â Conducts thorough pre-study assessment for determining baseline symptoms for Toxicity Assessment form. 6.Â Â Â Sees patient at each visit for ongoing toxicity assessment and ensures that treating physician countersigns the Toxicity Assessment Form. When necessary, ensures that the drug dose is modified appropriately,Â 7.Â Â Â Educates patient regarding possible toxicities and instructs patient to call if any questions or problems. Â Is the initial contact person for the patient for problems encountered. Will triage calls appropriately with the physician. 8.Â Â Â Assesses, documents, and manages adverse reactions with the physician.
C.Â Â Â Hospital Staff Interaction 1.Â Â Â Conducts in-service classes for nurses, pharmacists, and CTU personnel for new investigational drugs/protocols.Â 2.Â Â Â Functions as the resource person for protocol study questions. 3.Â Â Â Communicates any patient related problem or concern to staff nurses, social workers, and home health coordinators. Â Â Â 4.Â Â Â Works closely with pharmacists and hospital nurses to ensure that protocol agents are administered accurately and safely. 5.Â Â Â Coordinates obtaining, processing, and transporting of research specimens with hospital lab, CTU and destination lab. 6.Â Â Â If admission to the CTU is required, coordinates each admission with CTU staff; is responsible for completing standardized orders and obtaining PI signature. Ensures sponsor provided lab kits are delivered to CTU. 7.Â Â Â Works with different disciplines, i.e. radiologists, surgeons, etc., and in different clinics for patient recruitment to studies and for the conduct of the clinical trial. 8.Â Â Â Fills Research Order Forms (ROFs) for research visit and submits to CRO.Â 9.Â Â Â Is familiar with and complies with hospital regulations. Â Adheres to guidelines set up by Hospital nursing service. Norris RNs must apply for credentialing and be approved in order to work in Norris Clinic. D.Â Â Â Patient Coverage During Absences From Work If unable to work due to illness, planned vacation or meetings, the Protocol Coordinator will make arrangements for coverage with his/her peers. For Norris, if working in a Program with two coordinators, the other Coordinator will cover. If working in the Lung/Head and Neck program or the Womenâs Program, the Coordinators from these two Programs will cover each other. At LAC/USC Medical Center site, the Coordinators cover each other. Â If unable to arrange coverage, the coordinator will contact the CISO Associate Director for assistance.
Requirements I.Â Â Â Current California Registered Nurse license. Will complete credentialing application and competency course for scribing chemotherapy/biotherapy orders with Norris clinics. II.Â Â Â Ability to work independently with minimal supervision III.Â Â Â Ability to work well with many people and in different disciplines IV.Â Â Â Completes Human Subject Training, HIPPA, GCP, and Sexual Harassment on- line courses. V.Â Â Â Takes Blood Bourne Pathogens class and obtains shipping certificate
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 1 yearMinimum Field of Expertise: Registered Nurse, California Registered Nurse license, current CPR certification, and clinical experience or clinical research experience. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with patients and their families, other medical staff and administrative personnel. Assists principal investigator in coordinating all phases of research studies including recruitment, assessment, treatment, data collection and follow-up for enrolled patients. Provides input to principal investigators, staff nurses and patients that effects clinical research studies from the initial protocol design to completion of study.
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