Research Nurse Career

Career Description:

Beyond the treatment and care of patients, a nurse can enter into a field of doing scientific research and seek medical developments. Medical research involves recent studies regarding drugs, treatment, diseases and methods.  This career path is taken by a research nurse.  The research nurse is a part of clinical studies.  It may involve coordination, administration and organization.  Interaction with patients takes place as a research nurse does physical exams, medical testing and intake interviews.  His task is to monitor a patient’s progress.  A research nurse may be involved in education and various medical studies.

How to become a Research Nurse

The aspiring research nurse will be able to play his part in the research team after earning a masters degree in nursing which focuses on clinical research management.  Before even pursuing a master’s degree, one must have taken an associate or bachelors degree in nursing.  A person aspiring for this position must have a track record as an LVN/LPN or registered nurse.  One must have an experience in research.  Theses research projects must be done under the guidance of a nurse or doctor.  Gaining relevant years of experience and pursuing higher studies helps one to find fulfillment and become part of advanced research projects. While a nursing license is enough to become a research nurse, there are employers who require special licenses.

Research Nurse Courses, training, programs

Clinical research management covers research theories, research practices, clinical trial management, applied drug therapy, advanced physiology, organizational foundations, nursing and healthcare research. A graduate degree in nursing takes on an advanced and specialized study regarding healthcare.

TOP 5 colleges/Universities

Johns Hopkins University, Maryland

University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania

University of Washington, Washington

University of California-San Francisco, California

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Research Nurse Jobs, opportunities, salaries/pay

A research nurse is one of the highest paid nurses working in hospitals, schools, government agencies or private companies.  One may earn an average of $57,000 per year.  But depending on one’s location, employer and scope of duties, it is a possibility that one may earn as much as $95,000 per year.

Category: Nursing Careers

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