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Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant - Healthcare, oncology, clinical trials

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Job Description

Within Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., the Clinical Research Directorate (CRD), various clinical support teams provide high-quality comprehensive and strategic operational support to the high-profile domestic and international clinical research initiatives of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Clinical Center (CC), National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). CRD’s support services are strategically aligned with the program’s mission to provide comprehensive, dedicated support to assist National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers in providing the highest quality of clinical research in compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines, maintaining data integrity, and protecting human subjects. For the scientific advancement of clinical research, CRD services include comprehensive clinical trials monitoring, regulatory, pharmacovigilance, protocol navigation and development, and programmatic and project management support for facilitating the conduct of 400+ Phase I, II, and III domestic and international trials on a yearly basis. These trials investigate the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of, and therapies for cancer, influenza, HIV, and other infectious diseases and viruses such as hepatitis C, tuberculosis, malaria, and Ebola virus; heart, lung, and blood diseases and conditions; parasitic infections; rheumatic and inflammatory diseases; and rare and neglected diseases. CRD’s collaborative approach to clinical research and the expertise and dedication of staff to the continuation and success of the program’s mission has contributed to improving the overall standards of public health on a global scale. The Clinical Research Directorate (CRD) provides quality Physician Assistant and/or Nurse Practitioner clinical research services in support to the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s), Center for Cancer Research (CCR), Urologic Oncology Branch (UOB).

KEY ROLES/RESPONSIBILITIES

• Explains the care management/discharge plan to all members of the covering team (inpatient NPs, attendings) at sign-out

• Works collaboratively with the attending physician

• Assess the client's general health status through observation and the use of appropriate screening procedures

• Acquires client data through health history taking that includes family history and significant social information

• Performs a comprehensive physical assessment and documents findings in the appropriate format following institutional and protocol standards

• Provides teaching and guidance related to the client's current state of health and understanding of his/her disease and promote optimal performance

• Coordinates study enrollment, collaborates with nursing staff to provide protocol treatment, and provides follow up care for brain tumor patients participating in clinical trials

• Assists the principal investigator in the process of assuring informed consent and obtaining written consent for treatment; pharmacokinetics; assess patients on study for complications-document and communicate to principal investigator

• According to established protocol, institutional, and practice guidelines, calculates the dose of and prescribes chemotherapy, investigational agents, medications, intravenous fluids, and blood products

• Provides guidance in the management of specific problems for the patient on chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or other treatments and/or the patient with progressive disease

• Serves as clinical liaison to area hospices and/or home care agencies as needed or as appropriate

• Acts as clinical liaison between inpatient and outpatient nurses to provide continuity of care to the hospitalized patient

• Manages appropriate referrals to other specialists as indicated

• Screens new patient calls and phone triage for active patients

• Orders radiological studies, following protocols and patient care guidelines

• Orders and interprets lab studies

• Maintains documented evidence of weekly case review with the collaborating physician

• With the principal investigator, attends the new patient consultation with the client and family for the purpose of explaining the diagnosis, protocol, and treatment program and establishing a rapport with the client and family

• Position is located at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland

Qualifications and Job Details

Degree Required
B.S./B.A. or equivalent
Other
Job Location
Bethesda
Appointment Type
Contractor Position (Salary commensurate with experience)
Work Schedule
Full-time
Citizenship
US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)

Required and Preferred Skills

Required Skills

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

• Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university

• A Physician Assistant applicant must be a graduate from a physician assistant educational program, accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or its predecessors, at a college, university, or educational institution that is accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. Must have successfully completed the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination. Must be Maryland State Board eligible.

• A Nurse Practitioner applicant must possess a degree/diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Must have active, current registration as professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Must have appropriate certification issued by the appropriate certifying body the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), or the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Nurse Practitioner. Must be Maryland State Board eligible.

• All applicants: Eligibility includes documentation of a pending Maryland license

• Graduate of a program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission for a Physician Assistant Program (ARC-PA), Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in the State of Maryland, or possess a current license as a Nurse Practitioner in the State of Maryland

• Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency

• In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible nurse practitioner experience or relevant physician assistant experience

• Knowledge of relationships between diseases, health assessment, counseling, diagnostic testing procedures, broad base clinical areas such as pathophysiology, psychosocial theory, pharmacology, and primary medical management practices

• Ability to conduct studies according to established Good Clinical Practice (GCP) as defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and the Clinical Center’s Administrative Policies of the operational clinic

• Working knowledge of prevention, etiology, therapies, and new research developments

• Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

Preferred Skills

• Completion of an oncology research training program

• Experience in an in-patient setting

• Experience in surgical oncology

About the NCI Center for Cancer Research

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is home to nearly 250 basic and clinical research groups located on two campuses just outside of Washington, D.C. CCR is part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and makes up the largest component of the research effort at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Centrally supported by long-term funding and a culture of complete intellectual freedom, CCR scientists are able to pursue the most important and challenging problems in cancer research. We collaborate with academic and commercial partners and advocacy groups across the world in efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and HIV/AIDS. The CCR research portfolio covers the full spectrum of biological and biomedical research. Our work ranges from basic to translational and clinical, and our clinical trials are conducted in the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital dedicated to clinical research that offers a robust infrastructure to support CCR’s patients on an estimated 250 open studies. The success of CCR is grounded in an exceptionally strong discovery research program that provides the foundation for the seamless translation of insights from bench to bedside. Read more about CCR, the benefits of working at CCR and hear from our staff on their CCR experiences.

Bethesda

Bethesda is one of the most highly educated communities in the United States and has a nationally renowned school system. The city is a thriving suburban center close to Washington, D.C., and home to many restaurants, retailers and a flourishing arts and entertainment district.

How to Apply
Submit:
  • CV/Resume
  • Three References
  • Cover Letter
Additional Application Information

How to Apply: https://leidosbiomed.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/2603?c=leidosbiomed

Additional Information: “Please reference job id req2603 for all inquiries.”

Hiring for this position will be through Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, Inc. Leidos Biomedical is the operations and technical support contractor for the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, a federal national laboratory.

Contact Information
Contact Name
Lauri Rimorin
E-mail Address
Lauri.Rimorin@nih.gov
DHHS, NIH and NCI are equal opportunity employers. The NCI and CCR are deeply committed to diversity of thought, equity and inclusion and encourage applications from qualified women, underrepresented minorities and individuals with disabilities.