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Research Nurse II

Nursing | Bethesda, MD | Full Time

Job Description


Under this task order, the contractor will independently provide support services to satisfy the overall operational objectives of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The primary objective is to provide services and deliverables through performance of support services. 


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) 
Division of Intramural Research 
Building 10, Room 3D20 
9000 Rockville Pike 
Bethesda, MD  20892 

TASKS/SERVICES.  The contractor shall: 

• Provide leadership to promote clinical excellence. 
• Demonstrate knowledge of professional health care practices of neurology, surgery, and medicine, experimental therapies and professional health care practices, the biomedical re-search process, support of patients on biomedical research protocols, and awareness of ethical issues. 
• Administer research interventions; collect patient data according to protocol specifica-tions; evaluate patient’s response to therapy; respond to variances in protocol implementa-tion and report them to research team. 
• Obtain confirmed informed consent/assent prior to the beginning of any studies or thera-pies. 
• Collect and record research information from the patient and the patient database during inpatient and outpatient visits. 
• Manage conflicts/issues that arise in clinical research setting. 
• Assess patient and families to ensure ongoing understanding of the research process; pro-vide verbal responses to patient and family inquiries about protocols during the non-hospitalized period. 
• Respond to incoming patient-related inquiries from the general public and other health care professionals, regarding clinical research protocols. 
• Perform problems-solving of complex and/or unpredictable situations by improved pro-cesses and services to patients. 
• Prepare clinical laboratory and diagnostic test results in a format consistent with the needs of the protocol and the investigator. 
• Contribute to the interdisciplinary team as evidenced by actively participating in patient rounds and protocol meetings, assessing patient care needs, thoroughly communicating the plan of care and the patient’s response to care. 
• Provide education to patients and significant others as evidenced by: individualized teaching, use of available resources and modifying methods to achieve the highest level of learning. 
• Advocate for patients and families and support patients’ rights. 
• Contribute to the identification of learning needs for the practice environment and pro-vide learning opportunities for others. 
• Explore research issues and communicate with the interdisciplinary team at ad hoc and standardized meetings. 
• Contribute to teams, workgroup processes; provide substantive outcomes; complete as-signments within established timeframes. 

DELIVERABLES.  Upon request, the contractor shall provide documentation evidence of any and/or all work product, including, but not limited to, the following tasks: 

• Work products and documents related to administering research interventions; collect pa-tient data; evaluate patients’ response to therapy; obtain informed consent/assent; respond to and report variances in protocol implement: collect and record research information. 
• Work products and documents related to managing conflicts/issues in clinical research setting; assess patients and families; provide verbal responses to patients and families; re-spond to inquiries from the general public and health care professionals regarding clinical research protocols. 
• Work products and documents related to preparing clinical laboratory and diagnostic test results; contribute to interdisciplinary team; participate in meetings; assess and communi-cate patient care needs. 
• Work products and documents related to educating patients and families; perform indi-vidualized teaching; advocate and support patients’ rights; identify learning needs for practice environment; explore and communicate research issues. 


• Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with current state nursing licensure. 
• Minimum of five (5) years of related experience. 
• Experience in clinical research setting with protocols and clinical trials. 
• Strong diagnostic and clinical skills. 
• Strong communication skills, both oral and written. 
• Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills. 

The place of performance is Building 10, Room 3D20, Bethesda, MD 20892. 

This work may also be performed remotely at the discretion of the IC, NINDS. 

Work will be performed up to 40 hours per week during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, excluding Federal holidays. 


Work is performed in a clinical setting. There are no known safety issues. 


Workspace, computer, telephone and other electronic equipment as necessary will be provided.