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University Medicine Licensed Practical Nurse-Clinical Research Assistant in Providence, Rhode Island

The Clinical Research Assistant performs duties related to the preparation for and conduct of clinical research trials including blood draws, protocol and IRB document development, institutional review board document preparation and submission, recruitment and screening of subjects, data and specimen collection, preparation and submission or as needed. The Clinical Research Assistant facilitates clinic flow of protocol patients during study visits ensuring patients maintain compliance with the research protocol. The Clinical Research Assistant must be organized, detail oriented, and have good communication skills.and be proficient in the English language, and work well with others, including the Research Coordinator and research sponsors.


Assisting fellow Research Assistants, Clinical Research Coordinator and Physicians with daily operations of research studies.

Creating and implementing systems and procedures to ensure accuracy and consistency of data. Maintaining systems for data management, collection, tracking, and entry from diverse sources.

Applying professional principles in performing qualitative and quantitative analyses from surveys and other data collection instruments. Developing codebooks, preparing datasets, and analyzing data using a variety of statistical packages.

Conducting literature searches and organizing findings to support the development of products for dissemination, including: statistical reports and analytical summaries for internal review and/or external distribution, evaluation and research reports for funders and participants, articles for journal publication, web-based materials, posters and presentations for scientific conferences, and new applications for research funding.

Interacting with research partners as directed/required by the protocol and/or study team.

Providing general administrative support to the research coordinator and evaluation team (e.g., electronic file organization, shared drive organization, formatting project documents, general project communications/calendar).

Coordinating and preparing the necessary documentation for Institutional Review Board (IRB), together with the Principal Investigator of the study.

Performs phlebotomy functions when obtaining blood samples for testing in the geriatric population.

Follows infection-control and safety procedures in carrying out biospecimen sampling.

Consistently applies the Brown Medicine values of patient care priority, dignity, collaboration, integrity and quality in support of the UMF mission to deliver compassionate, high-quality patient care, research excellence and outstanding physician education. Is responsible for knowing and acting in accordance with the UMF Compliance Program and Code of Conduct.Consistently practices the Brown Medicine Physician Group Customer Service Standards.


Must have a professional certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse

Demonstrates knowledge of medical terminology and infection control procedures.

Assist in the outreach to potential and current volunteers and research partners.

Assist in maintaining project timelines and preparing meeting agendas.

Assist in preparing documents for ethics review committees as applicable.

Build collaborations/relationships with patient advocacy groups and other patient organizations to recruit participants for Patient Advisory Boards and other research initiatives.

Support online survey testing, including management of pilot testing among patients.

Assist in organizing outreach partners for survey dissemination.

Assist in the preparation of final analysis and final reports.

Provide support as necessary on other research-related projects


LPN RI License required.

Basic understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies

Possess excellent creative and analytic problem-solving skills

Strong interpersonal skills

Highly organized with the ability to set priorities, develop and manage multiple projects and timelines simultaneously with excellent attention to detail

Willing and able to travel for recruitment and follow-up of research participants and research activities

Have a reliable mode of transportation

Strong attention to detail with well-developed analytical, communication, organizational, and writing skills.

Interest in applied research with older adults and training and technical assistance programs.

Ability to work independently. Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred