Research undertaken by the MRN reveals that 25% of physicians would like to take part in clinical trials but just 6% actually do. Half of these only ever take part once. Within this group the key reason for not participating in clinical trials is due to a lack of nursing resources.
The MRN can provide specialist clinical research nurses and study site coordinators (SSCs) that are placed directly in the research site. These additional resources will not only manage the patients but will also perform day-to-day administrative burdens thus releasing investigators for patient care and other principle investigator activities.
The nurses are fully trained and able to undertake all the components of a research nurse’s role. These tasks include:
Our nurses come equipped with a range of tools and techniques to run the trials effectively. Starting with an engagement tool that defines the expected role in the site. Staff are supported by our nurse managers to achieve these objectives. They have access to all the MRN expertise and experience running trials available in the HQ office as well as all our own research guidelines and templates.
Teams of site nurses are also put together for larger projects, run as a unit by a nurse manager. Examples include teams conducting feasibility through to teams staffing infusion clinics across multiple sites to ensure they have enough staff to recruit quickly into a resource intensive study.