Clinical Research Nursing Career Development: What’s in it for Me

On-Demand Webinar

Presented by: Georgie Cusack, MS, RN, AOCNS, Deirdre Hyland, RGN, RM, MSc, and Lisa Lewis, BSN, RN, CCRC

Clinical Research Nurses (CRNs) work in a variety of roles within the clinical research enterprise which can present challenges but also offer opportunities for career advancement. This webinar will describe advancement in the specialty of clinical research nursing, recognize opportunities for career advancement and professional growth, and share three approaches to clinical advancement for the CRN.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Describe career advancement in the specialty of clinical research nursing
  • Recognize opportunities for career advancement and professional growth
  • Identify three approaches to clinical advancement for the clinical research nurse

About the Presenter

Georgie Cusack, MS, RN, AOCNS

Georgie is a Director of Education and Patient Safety for the Office of the Clinical Director at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).  She is also an Adjunct Nurse Leader in the Clinical Center Nursing Department Office of Nursing Research and Translational Science.  She supports the Genetics/Genomics, Clinical Research Nursing and Workload Intensity portfolios.  She has 35 years of experience working in hematology/oncology and clinical trials settings as a Staff Nurse, Breast Cancer Research Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Hematology/Oncology and Outcomes Research, Nurse Consultant for Education, NHLBI Director of Research Nursing and her current position. She received her Bachelor’s and Masters’ degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing.  She serves as adjunct nurse faculty for the University of Maryland Graduate School of Nursing. She has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on oncology, clinical trials, and genetics topics and has published several book chapters and manuscripts relating to the above.  She is certified as an Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS®) and was awarded the Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year in 2013.

As the Director of education and Patient Safety for the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute,  Ms. Cusack is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Education and Patient Safety.  This includes educating the staff on regulatory aspects and organizational policies and procedures to keep our patients safe. Collaboration with the Clinical Center Office of Patient Safety affords the opportunity to utilize high reliability organization tools to assist in identifying potentially high risk studies, which will allow us to project resources needed to maintain patient safety.

Deirdre Hyland, Registered General Nurse, Registered Midwife, H Dip ENT Nursing, MSc Nursing

Deirdre is Director of Research Nurse Education in the RCSI Clinical Research Centre in Beaumont Hospital.  She is responsible for the education and support of clinical research staff in RCSI CRC, including delivery of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) courses, contributes module for postgraduate education programmes in RCSI.  Deirdre is committed to collaboration and networking across the clinical research sector in Ireland and internationally and has developed training resources that have been shared nationally. She serves as committee member of the Irish Research Nurses Network (IRNN), member of the UK/Ireland Chapter of IACRN,member of the UKCRF Network Education Workstream, clinical Representative on the Quality Working Group of Clinical Research Coordination Ireland (CRCI) and member of national Public patient Involvement (PPI) Working group.

Lisa Lewis BSN, RN, CCRC

Lisa is a Bachelor’s prepared Clinical Research Nurse at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colorado in the Pediatric Clinical Translational Research Center.  She has been in the role of Clinical Program Manager on an academic medical campus since 2015, and she started her career in research in 2003.  The majority of her research experience relates directly to the medical model and implementing physician driven research studies. As a Clinical Program Manager on the CTRC, she is responsible for managing a team of pediatric and perinatal clinical research nurses and implementing research covering the spectrum from perinatal through adulthood with a primary focus in pediatrics. 

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