A research nurse is a nurse who studies new and existing medicine and medical technology in order to educate health care facilities, patients and the public on ways to improve their medical practice, design effective treatment plans, lead healthier lives and provide positive overall results in the patient health care field.
Research nurses may research new medical equipment, drugs, diseases, treatments and medical practices by researching publications, clinical trails, medical journals, case studies and a host of other valuable information related to the topic they are researching.
As stated earlier research nurses may use clinical trials and case studies in order to gather valuable patient data, which may be used to find a cure for a disease, identify issues with current medical procedures, medications and/or medical devices and test the safety of new procedures on both healthy individuals and unhealthy patients.
Studies may entail using healthy volunteers to test the overall safety or possible side affects of a drug or use unhealthy patients in order to determine whether a new procedure is able to improve their health and reduce their ailments.
The information research nurses gather from these studies helps them improve overall health care as well as find better cures or alternatives for common diseases such as cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis, influenza, HIV and depression as well as less common diseases.
Because of the nature of this type of work research nurses must be very clear when involving patients and volunteers in lab experiments and clinical trials and individuals should be fully aware of any known possible side affects a particular medication or treatment plan may produce.
Research nurses may work with physicians, doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in order to improve their understanding of a particular illness or disease and to help them come up with better alternatives for their patients in order to improve all around patient care.
Research nurses may also work for a number of different research centers which can include pharmaceutical companies, research centers, universities, the government and a number of other health care related organizations within the public and private health care sectors.
Organizations that are looking to hire research nurses may require registered nurses to hold a BSN degree and have previous research experience before hiring these nurses to work in the research field.
While previous experience may not always be required having research experience can be extremely helpful for finding a job within this field as companies prefer to hire individuals that require less training and understand how research and clinical trails work.
As the nursing industry continues to expand so do its standards, so it’s a good idea to do your research and find out what type of education background and experience these organizations are looking for in order to gear your training towards the field you are interested in working in.
When used effectively research nursing can be extremely valuable for moving the health care industry forward, advancing medicine and improving the lives of the patients who rely on having the best medical practices and technology available.