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Nurse Practitioner

Clinical Translational Science Institute Los Angeles, California

The Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) is a research organization at the University of Southern California (USC) and Children’s’ Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).  Our mission is to support, promote and accelerate scientific discoveries and their application in real-life settings to improve health in diverse populations. SC CTSI develops and provides resources, services, training and tools in support of researchers, academic leadership and partners that collaborate to achieve this exciting mission.


Join our team as the Nurse Practitioner

The Nurse Practitioner will join a team dedicated to supporting clinical researchers across USC schools. Today we are expanding to continue meeting the health needs of our community. Our patients, their families and our staff are all part of a unified effort to advance findings that will solve life-changing diseases and our clinical staff are the primary conduit through which our leading-edge research informs our compassionate care and vice versa. This is what inspires our staff to be their best—and they’re equipped with everything they need to succeed.

The Nurse Practitioner, working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary health team, is responsible for providing complete standard and research-related clinical care for patients, assists investigators and their research teams in conducting clinical research, and participates and support operation management when needed. This role will have the opportunity to work on studies of varying disease types.

***This is a grant-funded position supported by the National Institute for Health (NIH)***

Key Responsibilities:

40% Responsible for all aspects of patient care and research-related patient care, including:

  • Provide general and preventative care, including diagnosis, treating illness or adverse events related to research procedures, and order laboratory tests.
  • Perform physical exams and clinical assessments as required by the protocol
  • Educate patients about preventative care and prescribed treatments
  • Prescribe medications if licensing and credentially allows
  • Phlebotomy, vital signs, and other tests specific to the study.
  • May administer treatments specific to the study.
  • Collects and processes specimens for transport to laboratories.
  • Monitor and manage patient's response to treatment and/or medications, adherence to protocol's schedule, need to reevaluate treatment and specific medical concerns.
  • Monitors patient's status throughout the study. Reviews and evaluates health status, lab findings and reactions.  

20% Functions as liaison with patient's personal physician, other research studies, affiliated hospitals and other medical personnel.

  • Schedules tests and follows through on completion and return of results.
  • Interacts with patients and families to ensure study compliance, obtain information and provide emotional support

20% Supports all phases of research studies ranging from participant recruitment, assessment, treatment, data collection, and follow-up for enrolled patients.

  • Manages data collection. Obtains, verifies, organizes, codes and enters data. Completes forms and maintains files.
  • Coordinates patient recruitment. Perform the informed consent procedure, verifies eligibility, ensures that all applicable forms and other required paperwork are completed.
  • Provides input to principal investigators, staff nurses and patients that effects clinical research studies from the initial protocol design to completion of study.

20% Supports and participates in operation management, as needed.

  • May supervise the work of one or more other research nurses; provides technical support and guidance to other nurses and coordinators in the care of patients.
  • Assists in problem solving to provide solutions to any operational impediments and develop new strategies to improve execution of research.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Effective communications skills for consultation with patients and their families, other medical staff and administrative personnel
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Proactive Team player interested in helping research teams’ trouble shoot problems

Education, Training and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree required
  • Master Degree Preferred
  • Possession of current certificate of completion from a Nurse Practitioner program. Current and valid California State Nurse Practitioner licenses.
  • Current BLS and ACLS from the American Heart Association

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree

Minimum Experience: 5 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience

Minimum Field of Expertise: Possession of current certificate of completion from a Nurse Practitioner program. Current and valid California State RN and Nurse Practitioner licenses, and Basic Cardiac Life Support certification. Clinical nursing experience.

REQ20057324 Posted Date: 01/16/2019

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