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Clinical Research Nurse Perspectives on Unsupervised, Non-Nurse Clinical Research Coordinators

Jones, C. T., & Wilson, L.


Increasing reports in the literature describe the roles and competencies required of clinical research coordinators (CRCs), and increasing complexity and intensity of clinical research studies have intensified the need for educated and experienced professionals in this position. Many CRCs have clinical nursing preparation, which some might argue is needed for components of the CRC role that include direct patient care or assessment of potential adverse reactions to study drugs or interventions. However, many CRCs do not have clinical nursing preparation. Few studies have compared the roles and activities of nurse and non-nurse CRCs (NNCRCs). Respondents to the survey described in this article reported that NNCRCs were performing most of the activities of nurse CRCs, but perceived that NNCRCs should not be performing many of these activities without supervision. Findings suggest the need for further research to clarify the scope of practice for NNCRCs.

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