Referral Nurse

Job Category: 
Clinical Trials/Patient Care
Multiple Positions Available: 
Research Area Keywords: 

ICH Guidelines, QA/QI processes, data management

Position Description: 

The Clinical Monitoring Research Program (CMRP) provides clinical research nursing support to the NCI’s Center for Cancer Research (CCR), Office of Research Nursing (ORN).


The Clinical Research Nurse III (Referral Nurse):

Maintains current information on protocol status, eligibility requirements and study design to ensure communication of accurate information to prospective study subjects or referring health team members

Assists in designing recruitment plans for new protocols that considers eligibility criteria, potential recruitment barriers and patient demographics, including but not limited to creation of recruitment letters, use of social media, communication to advocacy groups, creation of printed materials or handouts

Collaborates with ORN and other program staff to develop computer based tools to facilitate the referral process

Evaluates new clinical trials to design recruitment documents, initial screening questionnaires, and documentation of referral activities

Collaborates with the research team to ascertain recruitment priorities associated with the research portfolio and coordinating referrals to best meet changing priorities

Coordinates obtaining outside study subject records and samples in preparation for first clinic visits and directing them to the appropriate research team members/departments

Facilitates initial screening evaluation with efficient scheduling of protocol required procedures and tests within the research protocol established timelines, preventing duplication and redundancy when possible

Provides input to research team based on analysis of recruitment and screening results to enhance accrual when necessary

Documents activities and evaluates procedures to allow for ongoing quality improvement of recruitment activities

Obtains informed consent for Protocol screening as well as NIH Clinical Center registration

Obtains specimens for HLA testing and protocol specific antigen screening at both the NIH Laboratory of Pathology and/or at other institutions

Anticipates potential problems with protocol eligibility and appointment scheduling and initiates steps to minimize them

This position is 90%-100% telework.

Number of Positions: 
C.V. Required: 
Number of References Required: 
Experience Required: 


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

Must possess a degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by a legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed

Current State license as a registered nurse (RN)

Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency

In addition to education requirements, a minimum of one (1) year nursing and/or clinical experience, with a focus on patient recruitment and education

Demonstrated experience with electronic databases, clinical research data collection methods and report preparation related to the capture and analysis of clinical patient data

Experience in the development and dissemination of educational and promotional materials about related clinical trials

Working knowledge of nursing practices associated with immunologic illnesses and infectious diseases and ICH-Good Clinical Practices

General knowledge of related disciplines such as: epidemiology, microbiology, immunology, serology, pharmacology, clinical medicine and biostatistics

Must be CPR certified or able to obtain/maintain certification

Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

Oncology experience

Experience in a clinical trials outpatient setting and/or experience in data management and collection

International clinical trials or health communications campaign experience

Knowledge of biological principles and scientific methods

Ability to apply knowledge to the clinical care of cancer patients

Ability to provide emotional support in helping patients cope with stress associated with cancer

Additional Information: 

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.

How To Apply: 
Contact Name: 
Sheryl Hollarn
Contact E-mail:

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers