This position serves as a member of a close-knit, dynamic research team conducting clinical trials investigating the efficacy of pharmacotherapies for the treatment of opioid withdrawal and/or psycho-stimulant abuse. This Research Assistant/Nurse will oversee and perform research clinic activities, perform recruitment activities, including assessing subject's eligibility for research projects, obtaining vital signs and performing blood draws and ECG’s, process specimen samples, prepare and conduct research and clinical intakes and research assessments of the participants, consent subjects, prepare research/clinic materials, monitor enrolled subject's physical and emotional condition throughout the study, administer research medications, and perform data entry/data management activities. This position works with oversight by the study coordinator and under the supervision of the principle investigator (PI) and will also work closely with study physicians to bring potential medical issues for further evaluation. After initial training, this RA/nurse will work with other members of the research team with latitude for independent judgment.
Salary offered commensurate to experience
UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:
• Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
• Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
• Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
• Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
• Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
• Career Training and Educational Opportunities
• Merchant Discounts
• Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy
Assists in the recruitment of participants, including answering the phone, returning screening phone calls, scheduling and performing informed consent and screening procedures, keeping screening logs up to date, and performing outreach activities. Performs research clinic activities, including completing assessments with participants, ensuring all scheduled tasks are completed in a timely manner. Performs research and clinical intake and discharge interviews with clients, prepare research and clinical assessment materials and create charts for new subjects. Orient participants to study procedures. Supervises the collection of urine samples from participants, perform structured interviews with subjects about their drug use and risk behaviors, obtain vital signs, process urine samples, including storing them for riboflavin testing, arrange for urinalysis testing and log results.
Performs various nursing duties, including the following: Pick up and return study medications from research pharmacy, dispense medications, supervise control of medications and monitor self-administration of medication by research participants. Orient participants to medication procedures and possible side effects. Develop dispensing protocols and doctor's orders in conjunction with study physician and pharmacist. Compile weekly dispensing materials for pharmacist and physician. Maintain a weekly medication dispensing and pick up/return roster, and perform data entry on missed medication, dose changes, etc. Dispense blister packs and monitor safety of participants, whether admitted to RCA or inpatient beds or participating on an outpatient basis, alerting study physician to any change in participants' condition. Performs blood draws, TB tests and ECGs, records respiration rate, and performs other assigned activities, as needed.
Responsible for ensuring all nursing/research supplies are maintained, maintaining all study equipment, maintaining specimen logs and refrigerator temperature logs, and ensuring specimen samples are expeditiously sent out for processing and/or are stored in an organized manner under appropriate freezer conditions. Ensures all blood samples are processed and stored as appropriate. Ensures storage facilities are maintained at the proper temperatures and serves as the emergency contact for the research freezers. Is responsible for transferring samples to backup freezers in case of freezer failure. Assures that precise, detailed record keeping is maintained in a timely manner.
Baccalaureate degree plus 3 years of directly related research experience and a RN license or LPN License. Experience in Microsoft office software, particularly Excel and Outlook. Must have Phlebotomy experience.
A commitment to clinical research and a willingness/ability to work with research participants who are substance abusers and at a high risk for infection with HIV/other infectious diseases.