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Advancing the educational and career pathway for clinical trials nurses


Scott, K and White, K and Roydhouse, J, Advancing the educational and career pathway for clinical trials nurses, Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 44, (4) pp. 165-170. ISSN 0022-0124 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3928/00220124-20121217-38


Clinical trials nurses play a pivotal role in the conduct of clinical research, but the educational and career pathway for these nurses remains unclear. This article reports findings from a survey of nurses working in cancer clinical trials research in Australia. Most participants held postgraduate qualifications (42 of 61); however, clinical trials education was primarily attained through short professional development courses. Interest in pursuing trial-specific postgraduate education was high, but barriers were identified, including cost, time, and unclear benefit for career advancement. Job titles varied substantially, which is indicative of an unclear employment pathway. These findings suggest that initiatives to improve the educational and career pathway for clinical trials nurses are needed and should include the following: formal educational preparation, greater consistency in employment status, and clearer career progression. These strategies should be underpinned by broad professional recognition of the clinical trials nurse as a specialized nursing role.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:clinical trials, nursing, survey
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Roydhouse, J (Dr Jessica Roydhouse)
ID Code:137394
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2020-02-12
Last Modified:2020-08-11

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