Document Open for Comment
The International Association of Clinical Research Nurses (IACRN) is seeking professional and public input on the first scope and standards of practice for the specialty practice of Clinical Research Nursing. The document, Scope and Standards of Practice for Clinical Research Nursing, was formally presented at the 7th annual IACRN conference, in Baltimore, MD on October 15, 2015. The document is currently open for public comments at http://iacrn.memberlodge.org/
The newly released draft document establishes formal direction for the clinical research nurse around the following definition: Clinical Research Nursing is the specialized practice of professional nursing focused on maintaining equilibrium between care of the research participant and fidelity to the research protocol. This specialty practice incorporates human subject protection; care coordination and continuity; contribution to clinical science; clinical practice; and study management throughout a variety of professional roles, practice settings, and clinical specialties.
IACRN has clinical research nurse representation from 34 states, as well as in Great Britain, Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan. For more information, see the IACRN website listed above.