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Fargo, North Dakota, United States

Posted on: 19 February 2024





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Clinical Research Nurse


Lightship is a clinical trials service provider leading in increasing access and choice in taking part in research to improve equity for all. We design and conduct studies in partnership with biopharmaceutical companies to accelerate bringing new therapies to market. Our approach is to engage people where they are and support them across their journey in a clinical trial, from first contact to study completion. We work to make it easy, convenient, and safe for people to take part by offering visits in clinics, at home, using our mobile research units, and digital health tools. By transforming the way we conduct clinical research, we can decrease study timelines and reduce dropouts to accelerate development of better therapies. A career in our team will provide an opportunity to collaborate with a wide array of functions and service lines to support our clients and projects to operate new capabilities, achieve operational efficiencies, and deploy technology. 

Given Lightship’s distributed model and the remote nature of this position, the Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator must possess a willingness and desire to work independently without significant oversight. Lightship expects each individual to anchor their availability in the standard operating hours for their geographic location, however, true to our values of inclusion and flexibility, this role, along with all others at Lightship, may be asked to flex work hours to accommodate US West Coast, US East Coast, and UK-based time zones, based on business and/or patient needs. In practice, this may translate to days that have a slightly earlier start or evenings that have a slightly later end. Culturally, we aim to balance the ability to operate across time zones with respect for each individual's daily life.  Additionally, this position will require significant travel for patient visits and key meetings.

The Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Assisting investigators, sub-investigators, and other Lightship personnel in successful implementation and conduct of research studies
  • Providing nursing care to study patients, which includes:
    • Completing study visits with patients in their home and/or on the Mobile Research Unit (MRU) per protocol requirements and adhering to relevant federal, state, and local research regulations 
    • Ensuring compliance with each study’s protocol by providing thorough review and documentation at each patient visit
    • Performing protocol defined procedures and assessments, including, but not limited to, vital signs, physical examinations, and electrocardiograms
    • Administering investigational medications or providing patient education regarding administration, as necessary
    • Notifying Principle Investigator of findings / issues / possible adverse events identified during the study visits
    • Educating patients on study procedures; responding to patients’ questions in a compassionate and cultural / age-appropriate manner; triaging patients’ questions to the appropriate study personnel
    • Documenting study data in patient records (paper and electronic, as applicable) to capture protocol requirements
  • Coordinating and conducting study activities with patients and serving as the primary point of contact for patients, investigators, and study personnel, including:
    • Completing pre-screening activities (e.g., phone screening) and other recruitment activities as approved by the IRB
    • Participating in recruitment and selection of study patients by interviewing and documenting medical history / medication history per protocol requirements
    • Coordinating research procedures and assessments; keeping track of all planned and completed study visits
    • Organizing patients’, investigators’, home health personnel, and any relevant vendors’ (e.g., drug management vendor) schedules to complete study visits within protocol windows
    • Shipping materials to patients or home health personnel in preparation for study visits; collecting study materials after visits are completed
    • Assisting investigator / sub-investigator / designated personnel in the informed consent process as requested and delegated
    • Alerting investigator / sub-investigator / designated personnel when patients report potential adverse events
    • Managing patients’ reimbursement payments per protocol and as specified in the consent form
  • Coordinating general study activities, including:
    • Assisting with study start-up and close out activities
    • Ordering study supplies, materials, and equipment
    • Assisting patients, investigators, and study personnel in troubleshooting problems with supplies, equipment, or vendors
    • Successfully completing all Lightship and study-specific training; training peers as requested
    • Coordinating and scheduling meetings as requested, including preparing meeting agendas, keeping minutes, and distributing minutes to relevant parties
    • Participating in site qualification, initiation, and monitoring visits, as requested; assisting with external and internal audits, as requested
    • Assisting with resolving budget questions related to patients’ activities
    • Other study-related activities as assigned

The Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator has:

  • Required knowledge, skills, and abilities
    • Strong communication skills, including verbal, written, and presentational
    • Strong follow-through skills and ability to proactively identify and solve problems; demonstrated initiative is imperative
    • Ability to start from scratch, execute quickly and accurately without pre-defined processes and protocols, and an interest in defining such processes for the future
    • Calm and collected manner when working with patients, physicians, and other research professionals
    • Exceptional ability to work as part of a team and to multitask effectively
    • Ability to function independently in a technology-enabled clinical research setting 
    • Ability to self-monitor the collected data and resolving / correcting errors per Good Documentation Practices
  • Education and experience
    • Bachelor of Nursing or another Science degree preferred, or requisite combination of education, training, and experience
    • Current valid RN license
    • Knowledge of nursing competency skills per scope of practice (i.e., performing vital signs, nursing assessments, performing ECG / EKG, administering injections, etc.)
    • Knowledge of medical terminology, drug calculation skills, and clinical medicine
    • Two (2) years of recent clinical nursing experience in a hospital, clinic, or similar health care setting
    • Two (2) years of experience administering vaccinations
    • Two (2) years of sponsored clinical research experience
    • Valid driver’s license
    • Personal vehicle for on-the-job transportation

 We would like to offer you: 

  • An opportunity to help re-envision how clinical research is executed with inclusivity, increased diversity and accessible at the core
  • The chance to work with a patient-centered, clinically-oriented, collaborative team to support in the delivery of enterprise grade virtual-first clinical research solutions at scale
  • An unmatched opportunity to grow as part of an established startup with industry veterans, high-caliber investors, and a massive market opportunity
  • Great compensation

Generous benefits package, including:

  • Top notch healthcare (medical, dental, and vision) for you and your family.
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO), plus paid holidays and bereavement to help support work life balance.
  • A 100% 401(k) company match for up to 4% of eligible contributions with an immediate vesting.
  • A home office stipend to set yourself up for success in our distributed working environment
  • Company provided laptop, your choice of a PC or a Mac
  • Monthly stipend for internet and phone expenses
  • Generous paid parental leave
  • Short & long-term disability
  • Life insurance and More!

The base salary range for this role is between $105,000 and $125,000+, depending on education, skills, and experience.  To determine our compensation, we use a market-based approach that is geographically neutral. We believe that this demonstrates our company value of ‘believing in people’ – valuing the outputs and performance of each team member.

Please note: For the safety of our patients and each other, all positions at Lightship that require travel, in-person participation, or are patient-facing, do require vaccination against COVID-19.

Our commitment to diversity & inclusion:

Lightship is an equal opportunity employer and promotes a diverse and inclusive workplace. Lightship considers all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, disability, veteran status, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable law.  EEO is the Law

Lightship is an E-Verify employer. Find out more here: Right to Work Poster E-Verify Participation Poster

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