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Clinical Research Nurses (CRNs) at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are committed to providing high-quality, skilled care to the oncology patient undergoing therapy as a participant on a clinical research trial.
In this role, the Clinical Research Nurse utilizes expert knowledge of cancer as a disease process and cancer treatment modalities, while also conducting clinical research and providing hands-on care to the patient. The CRN functions as an effective member of both the research team as well as the clinical care team, acting as a bridge between the two entities; providing comprehensive care to meet the physical, psychological, and social needs of patients who are undergoing clinical research trials, along with their families and loved ones.
The CRN scope of practice includes but is not limited to:
The CRN role provides an exciting and rare opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research while maintaining a nursing practice within the clinical care environment.
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I feel very fortunate to say my career as a nurse started in Research Nursing. Nursing as a career has endless opportunities, however, I found Research Nursing provides constant learning and excitement as the team takes on new clinical trials numerous times throughout the year. I've met absolutely incredible people along my Research Nurse journey, many that will stay with me forever!
— Cameron Sze, Early Drug Development Center Research Nurse
My favorite part of being a Research Nurse is that you are a part of something so much bigger in the development of new drugs and treatment regimens. We have close working relationships with our clinician researchers, all with the same common goal of trying to attain achievement in the development of the next line of therapy. To have a drug you've worked on for years approved by the FDA for use as a treatment line in your disease group, what a rush…and yet at the same time we still have close patient relationships, which is the heart of nursing.
— Karen Francoeur, Lymphoma Research Nurse
I have worked as a Research Nurse in Genitourinary Oncology (GU) for 18 years. It is a challenging and exciting role. I work with the leading GU physicians and scientists in the country to help bring to FDA approval new treatments for patients with prostate, kidney, bladder, and testicular cancer. I am honored to develop long term relationships with patients participating in clinical trials. My work environment is centered on compassionate care for patients and their families, and continuous learning and critical thinking. It is a rewarding and challenging role, with opportunities for leadership, publication, and personal growth.
— Judy Prisby, Genitourinary Oncology Research Nurse
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