The GCRC nursing staff welcomes the opportunity to work in partnership with investigators throughout the Pennsylvania State University to implement and complete clinical research protocols.
The nurse works as a clinical research facilitator to coordinate interdepartmental aspects of the protocol, draft standard forms and flow sheets, ensure availability of necessary equipment and supplies, prepare for study-specific procedures, and set up methods for participant screening, enrollment and follow-up.
The Clinical Scientist and the GCRC Nurse work closely throughout the study to ensure proper and complete implementation of the protocol, precisely documenting interventions and participant response. A permanent GCRC-based medical record is maintained as a source document for each participant. Research participants are seen in the GCRC for research-related visits, not routine clinical care, but the Facilitator provides professional nursing assessment, education and referral, as needed, for the participant's concurrent health needs.
GCRC nursing staff are available on a regular basis Monday through Friday 7:30 - 4:30. Studies requiring outpatient visits at other hours as well as inpatient studies can be accommodated.