Research Nurse

Rochester, NY


The Neurocritical Care Research Nurse will participate in new and ongoing studies related to neurological function in adult patients who have experienced traumatic brain injury, cardiac arrest, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or cognitive decline. These studies include interacting with acutely ill patients and their legally authorized representatives (LAR’s) in the Emergency Department or Intensive Care Units. The appropriate candidate will collaborate closely with specialists from numerous Departments, including Biomedical Engineering, Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery, Cardiac Critical Care, and Critical Care Medicine.

This position requires the ability to work independently as well as creating and maintaining interprofessional relationships with provider teams at Strong Memorial Hospital. Strong interpersonal skills to communicate with subjects, their LAR’s, and the clinical teams providing care are essential. The research nurse will consent LAR’s for acutely ill patients and will possess persistence and flexibility in assuring on-going subject cooperation.

Other responsibilities will include chart review, interdisciplinary care meetings, regulatory compliance, grant administration, education of interdisciplinary teams on study protocols, and database management. Occasionally, this position may require weekend hours to enroll patients. This position will not require overnight shifts or overtime. Some work, such as patient screening, telephone encounters, and education development may be done remotely during flexible hours.

Ideal candidates for this position include Registered Nurses with ICU, Neurology, Emergency Medicine, or Cardiac Surgery experience. Opportunities for growth are available including promotion to Clinical Trials Manager once experience is gained.


  • Human Subject Recruitment: Identification of subject pool, eligibility screening in ED and ICU setting and/or telephone screens; medical chart review; obtain informed consent from legally authorized representatives (LAR) or patients in the ED and ICU and proceed with enrollment procedures; answers LAR/patient questions to ensure he/she understands the clinical study and their involvement.

  • Clinical Study Conduct: Participate in performing all protocol required study procedures on subjects which include but are not limited to neurologic exams, multimodal neuromonitoring, electronic medical record chart review, and blood draws from venipuncture or existing intravenous/intraarterial catheters. Review and interpret study guidelines for next steps necessary for the processing and/or shipment of samples. Data entry into cloud-based portal or Microsoft Excel.

  • Study Education: Educate nurses, APP’s, and physicians on study selection criteria and procedures, including demonstrations of technology used and responding to feedback from clinical teams. Will coordinate with vendors to organize study equipment education. Staff training sessions are repeated intermittently throughout the year.

  • Telephone Interviews of Patients: Perform advance care planning, assess behavioral/psychologic symptoms, address caregiver strain, coordinate care, and assess emergency situations for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. This will be conducted via phone interviews with patients and in collaboration with multidisciplinary care teams.

  • Research Team Collaboration: Attend and participate in study team meetings, weekly research group meetings, and participate in unique sponsor-required training prior to study start; establish and maintain relationships with sponsor representatives for the purpose of regulatory compliance and quality assurance/control.

  • Regulatory Compliance: Create, amend, and manage URMC and external IRB protocols under the guidance of study PI’s. Manage changes in personnel access. Reporting of subject serious adverse events (SAE) and filing of these in a timely manner to sponsors and IRBs. Correspond with study sponsors for interim results reporting requirements.


  • Nursing degree (Associate’s or Bachelor’s) from accredited institution required

  • 1 year of clinical trials experience preferred

  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience required

  • Independent and organized professional with superior interpersonal skills, sound judgement, and good oral and written communication skills required

  • REDCap database management preferred

  • Microsoft Office Package preferred

  • Registered Nursing License required

  • CITI Human Subjects Certification (will be provided if not completed) preferred

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $29.76 - $41.68 Hourly

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

Apply for Job

  • Careers

  • Sign In

  • New User

Location: School of Medicine & Dentistry
Full/Part Time: Full-Time