Agenda

Clinical Research Nursing Virtual Conference 


*All times are in Eastern Time Zone


Day 1


12:00-12:15     Welcome and Course Overview
Jennifer Goldfarb, MSN, RN, CCRP, Director, Clinical Research, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

12:15-1:15     Introduction to Clinical Research Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice
Jennifer Goldfarb, MSN, RN, CCRP, Director, Clinical Research, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital
This session will provide an overview of key concepts of the Clinical Research Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice and functionality of the associated competencies. The conceptual framework describing the who, what, when, where, and why of Clinical Research Nursing practice will be explored. The five tenets of clinical research nursing will also be discussed, along tenets, along with the guiding principles that give direction to nurses practicing in this clinical research specialty.

1:15-1:30     Break

1:30-2:15     Roles, Practice Dimensions, and Competencies of the Clinical Research Nurse
Gunda Simpkins, RN, MSN, MPH, CCRP, Cooper University Hospital
Ms. Simpkins will explore the various roles and responsibilities of the clinical research nurse. Interactive exercises are designed to increase attendees’ ability to delineate these practice roles and the activities they encompass, as well as lead to a better understanding of the application of theory to the conduct of research.

2:15-2:30     Break

2:30-4:15     Panel Discussion and Networking
Course faculty and attendees will discuss their career paths and lessons learned. This will be an opportunity to network and connect with others.

Day 2


12:00-1:00     Nurses Guide to Dissecting a Protocol
Jensina Ericksen, RN, Clinical Research Nurse Manager, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital
Loana Ward, RN, Nurse Manager, Clinical Research Unit, University of Minnesota
The research protocol is the central guiding document for every study. It can often be overwhelming in length and complexity. Research nurses must accurately and adeptly operationalize the protocol as delegated by the study’s Principal Investigator. This practical session will walk through typical protocol sections and provide tools and solutions to enable nurses to boost their knowledge and confidence.

1:00-2:15     Informed Consent Process
Jensina Ericksen, RN, Clinical Research Nurse Manager, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital
Jennifer Goldfarb, MSN, RN, CCRP, Director, Clinical Research, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital
This session will provide an overview of the informed consent process with a small group practice session using case studies. Barriers to understanding and the critical role of the Clinical Research Nurse in the informed consent process will be emphasized, along with strategies to improve the process and ensure consent is truly both voluntary and informed.

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-3:30     Concepts in Project Management
Gunda Simpkins, RN, MSN, MPH, CCRP, Cooper University Hospital
The Clinical Research Nurse fulfills multiple roles within any given project - Educator, Coordinator, Facilitator, Patient Advocate, Manager. This session will share best practices in the management of clinical research projects, promoting consistency of functions and ensuring accuracy and integrity of study data.

3:30-4:15  Team Management
Gunda Simpkins, RN, MSN, MPH, CCRP, Cooper University Hospital
Clinical research nurses require effective leadership and management skills regardless of job setting or title. In this interactive session, we will discuss considerations for leadership and management of the multidisciplinary clinical research team. Communication strategies, team dynamics, and conflict management will be discussed. Practical tools and techniques will be shared.

Day 3


12:00-1:30     Program Management
Jennifer Goldfarb, MSN, RN, CCRP, Director, Clinical Research, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital
In this interactive session, we will discuss considerations for program management, as well as leadership and management of the multidisciplinary clinical research team. We will examine ways to build infrastructure and develop operational best practices for centralized clinical research units and/or programs. Operational and financial management best practices, along with effectively determining how to budget for and track staffing costs, will be discussed. Practical tools and templates will be shared.

1:30 – 1:45     Break

1:45-2:30     Competencies, Education, and Professional Development
Conference Faculty
We will explore clinical research nursing competencies from the professional practice standards and identify real-world application in various roles and associated responsibilities. Competencies from the professional practice standards will be discussed along with a real-world application of various clinical research nursing roles and associated responsibilities. Current trends in education and professional development opportunities for CRNs will be presented. This session will be interactive and we will welcome conference participants to share their insights and experience.
2:30-2:45     Break

2:45-4:00     Trends, Issues, and Future Directions in Clinical Research Nursing
Conference Faculty
This session will discuss workplace, research participant, public health and safety, and current industry issues, trends, and future directions that Clinical Research Nurses encounter in their practice. We will use a panel format to discuss and explore important contributions the CRN is poised to make in identifying and meeting these challenges and opportunities.

4:00 – 4:15     Questions and Adjournment