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Professional issues associated with the clinical research nurse role

MacArthur, Juliet; Hill, Gordon; Callister, Deborah


Juliet MacArthur

Gordon Hill

Deborah Callister


Clinical research nurses (CRNs) have a vital role in the conduct and governance of clinical trials. This article compares findings of an online survey conducted in 2012 by the Scottish Research Nurse and Coordinator’s Network with two surveys undertaken ten years previously in a single Scottish Health Board, permitting analysis of the development of the CRN role. The findings show that CRNs are highly qualified and experienced. Many had access to professional development and support, while others continued to feel isolated. There is a need for a clear, flexible career structure for CRNs, with appropriate induction, training and continuous professional development.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 3, 2014
Deposit Date Dec 9, 2014
Print ISSN 0029-6570
Electronic ISSN 2047-9018
Publisher RCN Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 14
Pages 37-43
Keywords Clinical nursing research; clinical research nurse; clinical trials; informed consent; nursing role; professional role
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