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Job Req ID:  61200

Sr. Biopsy Management Services Research Nurse

The Oncology Department seeks a Senior Biopsy Management Services (BMS) Research Nurse who will be responsible for the development and daily management of a research biopsy management service within the Translational Research Central Services Core of the Johns Hopkins Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center (SKCCC). This service will be responsible for managing the research biopsy activities of participants enrolled on clinical trial protocols of the SKCCC.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Review clinical protocols on a weekly basis as part of the SKCCC pre-CRC subcommittee to identify and establish contact with those clinical trials which will utilize the research biopsy service.
  • Develop trial-specific protocols/workflow as required by the trial sponsor in coordination with the clinical biopsy services.
  • Verify participant registration within the CRMS, and verify that active billing IO#s are registered within same for service reimbursement.
  • Supervise and train study coordinators to guide participants through biopsy process.
  • Attend participant biopsies (when necessary) to guide protocol compliance, retrieve specimens at biopsy for follow-up processing and/or shipping to external core laboratories.
  • Transcribe data completely and accurately to case report forms, as needed, for data reporting compliance.
  • Maintain accurate records of services rendered and generate monthly invoices for service reimbursement.
  • Other duties as assigned.


General Nursing Responsibilities:

  • Develop, discuss and coordinate trial-specific biopsy protocols with the lead physicians of each of the biopsy service centers within JHMI.
  • Perform initial triage of a biopsy request to help decide which biopsy service should initially be approached for scheduling.
  • Coordinate scheduling of participant biopsy (including telephone contact with participant) and biopsy service.
  • Coordinate laboratory processing and handling with appropriate lab supervisors.
  • Maintain confidential records of participants according to FDA and NIH regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Protocol Team Leader:

  • Implement protocols as assigned by becoming familiar with all aspects of their compliance requirements.
  • Orient other key staff to protocols by organizing and coordinating training sessions.
  • Maintain appropriate numbers of supplies needed for specific protocols.
  • Act as resource back-up for staff assigned to protocols.
  • Present protocol workflow status and any compliance issues at staff meetings, service meetings, etc. as assigned.
  • Assist data management team with resolution of data inconsistencies.
  • Maintain protocol statistics, including patient status and enrollment logs.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Supervision of Others:

  • BMS Research Nurse and/or support staff, if applicable.


Minimum Qualifications:

Individual must be a registered nurse, licensed in the State of Maryland or state where practicing.  Bachelor's degree in nursing or related discipline required. Master's degree strongly preferred.  Minimum of two years’ experience in Oncology or Research Nursing; the specialty or a related area required.  Additional experience may substitute for bachelor's degree. Related master's degree may be considered in lieu of experience.  Current American Heart Association or American Red Cross CPR certification required.  Must maintain current licensure and certification during duration of employment.  Acceptable completion of the JHH credentialing process. 


JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree strongly preferred.  
  • A minimum of three years clinical or research nursing is preferred.  


Licensure, Certification, Registration:

  • Current licensure in the State of Maryland as a Registered Nurse.


Additional Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of research methodology and clinical research practices and principles.
  • Highly effective verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Ability to follow - as well as develop - multiple, detailed directions of various protocols.
  • Ability to handle multiple and competing priorities.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as lead a team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer applications, databases, web-based systems, Microsoft Office and personal computer systems. Experience with EPIC scheduling a plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills required.
  • Excellent attention to detail skills required.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple and competing priorities.
  • Highly effective verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Proficiency in PC operations and software applications such as MS Windows, Excel, Word, and Adobe/Foxit.


Physical Requirements: 

Sitting, standing and walking for extended period. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.  Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s).  Ability to move standard equipment through a hospital or clinical environment.


Working Conditions:

  • Possible exposure to communicable diseases, hazardous materials, radiation, and pharmacologic agents, safety regulations must be followed.
  • Work schedules are determined by protocol activity and may demand flexible and/or extended work hours.


Classified Title: Sr. Research Nurse
Working Title: Sr. Biopsy Management Services (BMS) Research Nurse
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MF 
Starting Salary Range: $70,805.00 - $97,435.00 Annually; Commensurate with experience
Employee Group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm; May demand flexible and/or extended work hours.
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: School of Medicine Campus, East Baltimore

Department Name: ​​​​​​​Oncology, Center Support Services 
Personnel Area: School of Medicine


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


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