Clinical Research Nursing

Steps to Becoming a Clinical Research Nurse

Clinical research nursing is nursing practice with a focus on the care of research participants. Research study procedures may include administration of investigational drugs, performance of an experimental or investigational procedure, detailed clinical assessment to characterize the history of a disease, or delivery of a psychosocial intervention. The clinical research nurse (CRN) monitors patients throughout the research study and ensures compliance with rules and regulations designed to protect the patient. Clinical research nurses do still see patients, but often in an office setting. Clinical research nurses also improve patient care by translating research findings into beside practices.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • GET AT LEAST TWO YEARS OF CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
  • EARN YOUR CCRP AND LIFE SUPPORT CERTIFICATIONS

$40,000 - $80,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Conducting research according to study protocols
  • Providing and coordinating clinical care
  • Ensuring participant safety throughout research study
  • Maintaining documentation
  • Recording and analyzing data
  • Writing grants
  • Attending conferences and sharing research findings

Education Requirements

BSN

Employment Settings

  • Dedicated clinical research settings (like research units in academic medical centers)
  • Government healthcare organizations with a research component

Certification

RN, Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP), Life Support Certifications