Capturing the value and core concepts of the Clinical Research Nurse

Bryan R. Hansen, Claire L. Whitehouse, Manka Nkimbeng, Kelly Beer, Katherine Mackintosh, Sarah Allgood, Claire Petchler, Rebecca Wright

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Background: As nurses, we identify our profession as a caring one, but how does this identity translate from a conceptual definition, to real-world practice for the Clinical Research Nurse? Aim: To offer a novel, four-point conceptual model that encapsulates the Clinical Research Nurse’s intrinsic value, active leadership, and direct contribution to high quality, person-centered, safe care, addressing current misperceptions of research nursing. Methods: This paper describes the provision of ‘care’, safely delivered by the Clinical Research Nurse through a four-point conceptual model and case-driven example. Discussion: Clinical research nursing is conceptualized within the domains of Care and Trust, Role, Impact, and Integration. The case example demonstrates real-world application of these domains and the expertise required to balance the complexities of clinical needs and research demands in a healthcare environment. Conclusions: This paper offers a mechanism for understanding the importance of the Clinical Research Nurse and their role in maintaining safety and a high-level view of the care arena. These reflections are considered with an international application for the role.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-47
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Research in Nursing
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 2022

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  • clinical
  • concepts
  • research impact
  • research nurse
  • value


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