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Clinical Research Nursing Conference

Course faculty would be the following instructors:

Course Leader: Jennifer Goldfarb, MSN, RN, CCRP 

Jennifer Goldfarb, MSN, RN, CCRP currently serves as the Data Monitoring Committee Lead at ACI Clinical, a WCG organization that specializes in independent expert committees that provide timely oversight and guidance to ensure patient safety and mitigate risk in clinical trials. She is a clinical research expert leader with more than 20 years of professional nursing and clinical research administration and management experience. Prior to her work with ACI, Jennifer worked as an academic research administrator overseeing large complex teams facilitating the start-up, execution, and close out of clinical research projects at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. This included support related to contracting, budgeting, budget negotiations, financial management, IND/IDE applications and reporting, staffing support, and recruitment enhancement services. She also provided consultative support to investigators and study teams regarding best practices for the safe, ethical, and efficient conduct of clinical research in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. She is a certified member of the Society for Clinical Research Associates since 2004 and is an elected member of the Board of Directors.

Margaret McCabe, PhD, RN, PNP 

Margaret McCabe, is the Director of the Center for Pediatric Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In this role she leads nursing inquiry activities for the organization, which includes education and mentorship of staff in the conduct of evidence-based practice (EBP) and clinical research. At the same time Dr. McCabe maintains her own program of research that focuses on using a biobehavioral framework to better understand the symptom of fatigue in children. Dr. McCabe has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing courses at several schools of nursing. Dr. McCabe is a founding member of the International Association for Clinical Research Nurses. Through the course of her career Dr. McCabe has worked in roles providing direct patient care, managing care units for patients participating in clinical research, educating nurses and conducting independent research.

Gunda Simpkins, RN, MSN, MPH, CCRP

Gunda Simpkins is currently a Clinical Research Team Manager at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she started in 2017.  She received her BSN from University of Delaware, an MSN in Nursing Education from Villanova University, and an MPH from University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ/Rutgers University.  Her nursing experience spans mostly Maternal-Child Health, as a Labor & Delivery Staff Nurse, Clinical Nurse Educator, and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant.  Her research nursing career began seven years ago in a smaller academic medical institution, where she also served as a member of the Institutional Review Board.  She is a member of and certified as a Clinical Research Professional through SOCRA.

Mary Jane Williams, DNP, MPH, RN, NE-BC

Mary Jane Williams, has been the nurse manager of the Clinical Research Unit at the University of Wisconsin’s academic medical center in Madison Wisconsin since 2003. She is a member of the UW Human Subjects IRB and UW Hospital’s Nursing Research and EBP Council. She earned a DNP from Rush University – Chicago, MPH from Tulane University – New Orleans that included additional study at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health in Research Design and Analysis. She earned her BSN from University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Mary Jane’s nursing experience includes adult critical care; nursing education; and research experience that began as a research coordinator for the Department of Cardiology. Mary Jane, along with six other clinical research nurses from across the United States, founded IACRN in 2009. She chairs the organization’s writing committee for the Clinical Research Nurse Scope and Standards of Practice that lead to ANA’s recognition of clinical research nursing as a specialty practice and has served on the IACRN Board of Directors as secretary and president in 2018.