Dana Smith @danasmith
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Written by: Ilana Logvinov, M.S.N., R.N.
Nurses often ask me about my role as an Advanced Certified RN Clinical Research Coordinator. How did I learn about it ? What do I do in this role? In fact, my role is very diverse and as a dedicated RN Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) for the Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Florida, I have grown in this role tremendously.
Clinical Trials Nurse (CTN) or RN CRC are registered nurses specialized in the facilitation and conduct clinical trials involving human subjects. A nurse working with clinical trials has a wide range of responsibilities involving coordination of care and research activities. CTNs or RN CRCs are responsible for not only managing the prescreening process for prospective eligible research subjects, but also enrollment, recruitment, and participation in the informed consent process. CTNs or RN CRCs are responsible for supervising the coordination of care for research participants with other members of the multidisciplinary research team in addition to maintaining the research files according to the Federal Guidelines.
Becoming a CTN or RN CRC is huge learning curve for even an experienced RN, because the “research language” is very different and learning Federal Regulations is imperative to outstanding performance. It took me about 2 years to really learn my new role and understand all the language surrounding research. It was also beneficial for me to complete my MSN with major in Clinical Trials Research. After coordinating trials for several years, I became more involved with drafting the research proposals, conducting literature searches, and contributing to manuscript preparation. My clinical experience as a nurse really helped me understand the logistics and practicality of conducting clinical trials. In addition to my clinical experience, I continued to gain knowledge through post graduate studies in my doctorate program.
There are thousands of facilities that hire new grad nurses to fill nursing opportunities. Of course they train and provide an onboarding program but, is it enough to help new nurses gain the skills and knowledge at the beginning of their career? Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida offers a Nurse Residency program that is recruiting top students from around the country, has low turnover, is changing the lives of many new grad nurses and ultimately creating better patient outcomes while strengthening the skills and confidence of the new graduate.
According to Maria Becker, RN, “The program helped me gradually adjust to my role as a nurse, providing a 12 week orientation with a nurse preceptor, residency classes in varying topics every month, shadow experiences in different departments, and a nurse mentor for the first year. I remember going home each day after my first weeks and thinking that there were so many little things I learned that day that I did not know before. For a while it was all about the little successes throughout the shift, giving myself credit for something I didn’t know how to do a day earlier. It was also so nice to have a nurse mentor, someone I could talk to when I was nervous about my first shift on my own, had a difficult shift, experienced my first code, or what she did in a similar situation, etc. I think having a mentor in the nursing profession, especially as a new nurse, is so important and can really make a difference in that first year out of school adjusting to the RN role.”
Rachel Shad, RN, “I think the aspect of the program that is most helpful is being able to have a group of peers who are all at the same stage of their careers, that are able to come together in a group and share stories, offer advice and just have open discussions about the different struggles and successes they are having on their individual units. It helps normalize some of the stresses and pressures that you experience during your first year of nursing.”
Recently the Nurse Residency program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida was highlighted in Nursing Management Magazine, to read the article please visit this link. Reeling in RN's with a residency program
For more information visit our website at Nurse Residency in Florida.
Written by: Ilana Logvinov, RN, MSN, CCRP
RN Advanced Clinical Research Coordinator
May 2003 was the date my journey began at Mayo Clinic in Florida. I began working as a staff nurse in the Medical ICU. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic, I completed my initial nursing education in Odessa, Ukraine. I moved to the U.S. in 1997, and in 2001 I graduated with my associate’s degree in nursing science. As I worked at Mayo Clinic, I continued my education and eventually obtained my BSN and MSN degrees in clinical trials research. I have always been self-motivated, and my colleagues provided tremendous emotional support for my nursing endeavors. I have always wanted to work in research, and I began working as a clinical research coordinator for the Department of Anesthesiology in 2007. This was a life-changing career move for me.
Clinical research opened so many opportunities and allowed me to excel academically. After completing my MSN in 2010, I began working closely with my investigators and participating in writing research proposals, completing the studies, and writing manuscripts for publication. I shared my passion for research with many nurses I mentored along the way as well as clinical research interns. I am currently working on my doctorate of nursing practice degree. My successful career would not have been possible if it was not for Mayo Clinic and wonderful staff that work here. My favorite quote is by Walt Disney: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
Written by: Palma Iacovitti, Nurse Manager, 3 South Transplant
What could be better than working with a group of people that you can actually feel comfortable with? Relaxed enough that you would invest a couple of hours painting your very own oil-based picture with, look like a total klutz while bowling, playing volley ball on the beach, getting soaked by water and sun at a pool party and belting out some laughs at a comedy show? You can’t find that too often. You’re probably saying to yourself, seriously, with people from work?
I am the nurse manager for Transplant Surgical Services at the Florida campus. As many may know, nursing can be a stressful profession. I am pretty confident that we all recognize what causes stress or even burn out on the job. Our unit is demanding like many other units: assessments, admissions, discharges, endless charting, phone calls, call lights, passing meds, report, the list is long and feels endless at times. Stress is high on our department and we had to seek innovative ways in which we could decompress and gel as a team. Some people felt that they couldn’t even say they were stressed because they were uncomfortable expressing it. It’s important that staff feel safe to say that they are having a bad day. I thought it was time to get to know one another again. It had been a long time since we had done something together as a group. We had hired a lot of new staff since we last had a team function. So, low and behold, champions were born! I didn’t have to look too far.
An RN (Pamela Delano) and a PCT (Lindsey Duke) partnered together to plan “team events” on a regular basis. It has been amazing! This has had a positive effect on the unit by strengthening trust and teamwork among the staff, improved communication, unit-based initiatives are going great, staff are getting more comfortable with each other and receptive to one another, and the BEST part….drum roll please….this will all improve patient safety, which is a top priority for Mayo Clinic. I believe when relationships between staff are good, there is less stress on the unit. This ultimately benefits patients. I am really proud of our Transplant Team. They are a remarkable group of men and women. I have no doubt that more team events are imminent! Can’t wait!!
There’s a wide variety of advanced degree options within nursing. One example is the role of a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), who works collaboratively to improve the quality of patient care, and helps achieve desired patient outcomes in a designated population or specialty practice. The CNS functions as a leader within the three spheres of influence (Patient/Client, Nurses and Nursing Practice, Organization/System), and is an active participant in the collaborative practice framework. The education requirements to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist, include a Master’s degree focused in this area and be nationally certified.
Lesia Mooney, a Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist at Mayo Clinic in Florida, works with cerebrovascular patients. Lesia became a nurse after caring for two family members with terminal illnesses. At that point she realized she wanted to help others and make a difference in patients’ and families’ lives. As she grew professionally with Mayo Clinic’s support, she decided to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) and a Master’s with a focus in Advance Practice Nursing. She did not want to lose the focus of nursing/patients/families and really enjoyed the educational component in nursing, so this track fit her professional goals.
Most recently, Lesia has been called “Ms. Certified” by a patient, who noticed her certified credentials on her badge when she was doing rounds. She was able to provide in-depth education to this stroke patient, who was involved in research and was discharged into rehab. Lesia adds, “As a specialty nurse, I felt I made a difference in this family’s life with the support of my team members! This was a very rewarding experience that made my day!” Her experience and education, allows her to provide care to stroke patients, including those suffering from ischemic, hemorrhagic and transient ischemic attacks. She rounds with the Neurologist providing transitional care - following patients through their hospitalization, ensuring education has been provided and promoting research opportunities, while helping with patient discharge and follow-ups.
Mayo Clinic is a leading health care facility in a variety of ways, including innovation and technology, and has been since the start 150 years ago. Our state-of-the-art Simulation Centers at our Arizona, Florida and Rochester locations, provide a safe learning environment, to help hone employee skills using highly realistic scenarios, without jeopardizing patient safety. The multidisciplinary simulation centers also lead this effort, by helping educators to develop, implement and evaluate experiential curriculum that advance patient care, keeping our primary value in focus: "The needs of the patient come first."
“There is not excuse today for the surgeon to learn on the patient.” –William J. Mayo M.D., 1927. The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center in Florida, opened their new space in January 2013. The center is equipped with cutting-edge equipment, that creates simulated robotic surgeries, ultrasounds and fluoroscopy. Patient scenarios can be simulated via virtual mannequins, or real-life actors can be hired to create real-life scenarios.
With new developing areas, come new opportunities for individuals interested in education with a simulation focus. Opportunities include those in Nursing, such as a Registered Nurse Education Specialist for the Sim Center and positions in Technology.