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#106543 (RN) Clinical Research Nurse - Pediatrics

Initial Review Date: Thu 11/12/2020

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/3/20 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/12/20. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Current UC San Diego Health RN/NP applicants will be considered after the first 7 days of job posting. All additional applicants will be considered after 14 days of job posting, pending the status of the initial internal RN/NP applicant pool.


UC San Diego Health is a Magnet designated organization, which is a prestigious recognition that applies to only 10% of all U.S. hospitals. Magnet is the “gold standard” for nursing excellence and is based on strengths in five key areas which include transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge, innovation and improvements and empirical outcomes. UC San Diego Health has held its Magnet status since 2011.

The Department of Pediatrics is one of the largest departments within the School of Medicine with approximately 250 Faculty, 127 postdoctoral fellows (both MDs and PhDs) along with over 320 support staff (not including hospital staff). In addition, the Department has 68 clinical residents distributed across the Divisions. The missions of research, education and patient care are intertwined, and are integral to the goals of the department.

The Department manages a university-affiliated children's health system with the physicians and leadership of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Rady Children's Hospital, and Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, a Medical Practice Foundation, unifying pediatric patient care, research, education and community service programs.

The UCSD Mother-Child-Adolescent Program (MCAP) has been providing comprehensive and integrated HIV care, social services and clinical research to women, infants, children and youth ages 13-24 for over 30 years. Because of MCAP’s long-term experience in conducting clinical trials and specifically in the conduct of vaccines involving respiratory viruses, MCAP has been recruited to participate in the COVID-19 Prevention Network. The first vaccine protocol will enroll ~30K study participants in 33 sites throughout the U.S. The study will enroll participants 18 years and older with an emphasis on enrolling high-risk male and female participants including those 65 years and older, and people with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Under general supervision, Research Nurse will be responsible for running COVID-19 vaccine research protocols. Responsibilities include recruitment of subjects into protocols that include experimental vaccine and potentially other prevention biologicals, screening potential study participants, providing informed consent, administering vaccine, medical record review, having telephone contact with participants, blood draws, physical exam, completing case report forms; research scheduling; interact with research team, the UCSD Human Subjects Protection Program, and study sponsors, and other research related entities as needed.


  • Graduate from an accredited school of nursing.

  • Current State of California Registered Nurses (RN) license.

  • BLS/CPR certification at time of hire with commitment to get BART within 6 months of hire date.

  • Minimum of six months or more of RN experience.

  • Must have excellent phlebotomy, IV insertion skills. Ability to draw blood, start IV lines, and administer vaccines via all routes.

  • Experience and ability to accurately collect, record, transcribe and synthesize clinical data. Knowledge regarding the standard pre-test or pre-procedure instructions which patients should receive.

  • Demonstrated experience interacting positively, constructively, and effectively with staff, physicians, patients and the general public.

  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to effectively and efficiently coordinate clinical and data activities for the enrollment and retention of patients on clinical trials.

  • Experience maintaining patient confidentiality and communicating (verbally and written) with patients, staff and physicians with professionalism, sensitivity and discretion.

  • Proficient at word processing, spreadsheet, and E-mail with experience producing reports, profiles, correspondence, graphs, and spreadsheets to generate and track required data.

  • Experience working independently and prioritizing tasks to meet strict guidelines and deadlines.


  • BSN.

  • Demonstrated experience with clinical research activities and guidelines related to consent, ethical conduct and protection of human subjects.

  • Demonstrated experience in operation and coordination of clinical trials or studies.

  • Experience reading and interpreting clinical research protocols and research policies and procedures.

  • Experience in providing care to a broad range patients.

  • Knowledge of and ability to communicate and ensure compliance of current UCSD Medical Center and Research policies and procedures. Knowledge of UCSD Medical Center, JCAHO, and Title XXII hospital licensing regulations.

  • Intermediate skills in using quality assessment and quality improvement methods.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including occasional early mornings, evenings and weekends.

  • Must be willing to travel occasionally to attend national meetings.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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UC San Diego School of Medicine
Payroll Title:
PEDIATRICS/ Infectious Diseases
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
NX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday


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