Nurse Practitioner, Research – Infectious Diseases/HIV Vaccine Program
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The nurse practitioner (NP) within the HIV Vaccine Program setting works in collaboration with, and is an integral member of, a multidisciplinary research care team. The NP has a strong foundation in evidenced based practice/education and provides an environment of safe quality care. The NP demonstrates an advanced level of medical and nursing knowledge, clinical/technical competence, sound clinical judgment, professional communication skills, timely and compliant documentation, and is responsible for professional development and competency validation.
Department Position Summary
The HIV Vaccine Program operates using a collaborative approach of physicians, nurses, educators, and laboratory personnel. The position requires excellent communication skills to provide personalized research care for healthy volunteer participants in HIV vaccine trials. While no direct primary care is provided in the research program, advanced practice physical assessment skills are required to ensure appropriate enrollment into studies and to monitor for safety throughout a subject's participation. Typical responsibilities include performing complete medical history/physical examinations, vaccine administration, phlebotomy, behavioral risk-reduction counseling, monitoring post-vaccination symptoms and laboratory results, and ongoing counseling/education of study participants. Active participation in weekly staff meetings is required. Annual travel to national meetings may be necessary.
Key Functions & Expected Performances:
1. Knowledge and understanding of policies, procedures, and regulations governing human subject's research and incorporation of them in the conduct of research and care of participants
1a. Possesses a basic awareness of the Federal regulations governing the protection of human subjects, e.g., FDA, OHRP, GCP/ICH guidelines, and HIPAA regulations
1b. Proficiently prepares and processes new IRB research proposals, amendments, continuing review applications and adverse events according to institutional and departmental policies and procedures and federal regulations
1c. Possesses a basic awareness of the Vanderbilt policies and regulations governing the protection of human subjects
2. Knowledge and understanding of the management and implementation of clinical trial operations
Performs and documents in the medical record a complete history and physical examination for research participants.
Assesses and evaluates potential participants pertinent medical and historical information to ensure only appropriate subjects are enrolled in clinical trials.
Collects data using appropriate assessment techniques, relevant supporting diagnostic information, and diagnostic procedures where indicated.
Completes behavioral risk assessments with risk reduction/counseling interventions.
Throughout studies, evaluates participants' safety labs, potential side effects, and collaborates with investigators as indicated; may conduct additional laboratory or physical examination testing based on specific findings
B. Plan of Care
Coordinates the process of research participation of subjects in clinical activities related to protocols (scheduling study visits, maintaining visit scheduled within specified visit
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