Nursing Philosophy

Nursing Duties
  • Medication administration including research drugs
  • IV access
  • Intravenous infusions
  • Routine and complex vital sign monitoring
  • Admission and shift assessments
  • Phlebotomy
  • Timed specimen collections
  • Telemetry monitoring

We believe our nursing staff have the responsibility to maintain a controlled environment conducive to scientific research and to ensure that all participants receive the highest quality nursing care while participating in research studies. In keeping with the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics for Nurses, we hold the belief that “the primary role of the nurse in all research activity is ensuring that subjects are aware of the potential risks and are protected to the greatest extent possible from those risks.” The nursing staff will protect the rights and the confidentiality of the study participant, at the same time ensuring that neither patient safety nor study fidelity are compromised. Nursing staff have the responsibility to report to the investigator and to the Unit Director any component of a study or incident that may compromise the health or rights of the patient.

Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs) Nursing Staff

The GCRCs nursing staff consists of experienced, skilled nurses who demonstrate a high level of clinical expertise, critical thinking, and complex decision making skills. They are attentive to the requirements for precision in sample collection.

Patient Care

As the research participant's advocate, the GCRCs nurse protects and respects the rights of the participant, provides a safe environment, assesses the participant's biophysical and psycho-physical condition on admission to the unit. Also, the nurse assesses the patient's knowledge and understanding of the study, test, and procedures and educate appropriately. Collaboration with the investigator is imperative to ensure all components of the study are implemented as outlined in the research protocol and appropriate flow sheets, forms, equipment, and supplies are available at implementation. The nursing staff is continually developing new skills to meet protocol requirements.

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