Nursing Essential Functions

CCTS Clinical Services provides a renowned clinical research facility located physically within the world class University of Utah Hospital. Resources provided include, but are not limited to:

  • Complex research observations, precise collections of specimens, and exemplary participant care;
  • Clinical judgment and foresight in anticipating variances in research protocols;
  • Clinical skills related to the execution of protocols and in obtaining and documenting all relevant information in regards to clinical research;
  • Verification of inclusion & exclusion criteria/Verification of informed consent;
  • Clinical observation for and unit documentation of adverse events and serious adverse events;
  • Traditional clinical nursing care, in addition to protocol requirements to align with the UUHSC institutional guidelines (namely, patient safety measures, quality measures);
  • CITI and HIPAA certification as required by institution;
  • Incorporation of CCTS, NIH, and FDA guideline knowledge into practice;
  • Protocol activation manager participation to aide in the successful execution of the protocol and enhance collaboration and education between research teams and participants;
  • Prioritize to negotiate and achieve desired research outcomes;
  • Synthesize and integrate nursing standards to achieve expected research outcomes;
  • Participation in development of unit-based, hospital-wide and community guidelines/policies as needed;
  • Assess and ensure participant safety during research protocol;
  • Participant/family advocate, demonstrating an understanding of participant rights and ethical standards in the conduct of clinical research;
  • Quality and patient safety—help PI determine idiosyncrasies and unexpected results, evaluates adverse events (AE), intervene when necessary, and report details to PI; initiate internal quality improvement event reporting process to determine resolution of AE; reports serious AEs to manager and PI so they can follow through with the appropriate regulating bodies;
  • Ensure integrity of research data including appropriate pharmacokinetic collection and storage;
  • Relate lab results to PI and intervene appropriately; and
  • Ensure appropriate maintenance and calibration of equipment.