Under direct supervision, serves as the primary technical support to a
clinical drug trial or other research study. This position requires a
medical background at the para-professional level.
1. Assists in identifying and recruiting volunteers to participate in
clinical drug trials or other research studies.
2. Explains study objectives, risks, and benefits with potential
volunteers to assist them in making decision regarding their
3. Elicits a complete medical history and conducts physical
assessments such as taking vital signs.
4. Implements research protocol including study drug, therapy, and/or
invasive procedures. Routinely monitors participants to ensure
that medications are being taken in accordance with research
5. Observes physical and emotional reactions to medications and/or
treatments. Reports irregularities and adverse effects to
appropriate medical personnel.
6. Obtains, processes, and transports specimens to appropriate
laboratory according to established aseptic technique. Performs
venipunctures and fingersticks to obtain blood specimens.
7. Completes case report forms and other records documenting
activities such as treatments and medications received.
8. Facilitates clinic process by scheduling and following
appointments; overseeing patient flow; preparing patients for
procedures; preparing examination and treatment rooms; and
maintaining clinic supplies.
9. Assists with planning, organizing, and implementing community
special events and informational materials to educate and
encourage participation in research study.
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a
representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of
this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific
duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
EDUCATION: High School Diploma or GED.
EXPERIENCE: Four years directly related experience in a
General knowledge of patient care, treatment, planning, and
assessment. General knowledge of the principles of aseptic technique
and infection control including blood and body fluid precautions.
Ability to perform extensive standing and walking. General knowledge
of skill and ability to perform various medical and nursing procedures
and to operate medical equipment. Ability to communicate effectively
both orally and in writing. Ability to operate computers and other
office equipment. General knowledge of and compliance with
confidentiality of records and communications regarding clients.
Ability to wear and work in personal protective equipment.
OTHER: Except for qualifications established by law, additional
related experience and formal education in which one has gained the
knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the
work of the job class may be substituted for the education or
experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college
credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Candidates selected for employment in this job class may be subject to
medical inquiries and/or medical examination to determine the ability
to perform the job. Employees in this job class may be subject to
pre-employment and random drug testing. Overtime, weekend, on-call and
shift work may be required in some positions. Some positions may
require current Practical Nurse licensure and compliance with the
Maryland Nurse Practice Act for Licensed Practical Nurses.