Nurse Practitioner II - Mental Health

Location
Bethesda, MD
Posted
Aug 12, 2019
Ref
req600
Hotbed
BioCapital
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Within Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., the Clinical Monitoring Research Program Directorate (CMRPD) provides high-quality comprehensive and strategic operational support to the high-profile domestic and international clinical research initiatives of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Clinical Center (CC), National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Since its inception in 2001, CMRPD's ability to provide rapid responses, high-quality solutions, and to recruit and retain experts with a variety of backgrounds to meet the growing research portfolios of NCI, NIAID, CC, NHLBI, NIAMS, NCATS, NINDS, and NIMH has led to the considerable expansion of the program and its repertoire of support services. CMRPD's support services are strategically aligned with the program's mission to provide comprehensive, dedicated support to assist National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers in providing the highest quality of clinical research in compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines, maintaining data integrity, and protecting human subjects. For the scientific advancement of clinical research, CMRPD services include comprehensive clinical trials monitoring, regulatory, pharmacovigilance, protocol navigation and development, and programmatic and project management support for facilitating the conduct of 400+ Phase I, II, and III domestic and international trials on a yearly basis. These trials investigate the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of, and therapies for cancer, influenza, HIV, and other infectious diseases and viruses such as hepatitis C, tuberculosis, malaria, and Ebola virus; heart, lung, and blood diseases and conditions; parasitic infections; rheumatic and inflammatory diseases; and rare and neglected diseases. CMRPD's collaborative approach to clinical research and the expertise and dedication of staff to the continuation and success of the program's mission has contributed to improving the overall standards of public health on a global scale.

KEY ROLES/RESPONSIBILITIES

The Clinical Research Directorate (CRD) provides comprehensive, dedicated clinical research, nursing and physician support to the Molecular Imaging Branch (MIB), for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
  • Complete in-depth documentation through written progress notes, dictation summaries, and communication with referring physicians according to medical record documentation requirements
  • Participate in clinical rounds and conferences
  • Administer and adjust trial medication under the guidance of a physician
  • Explain discharge instructions and medication regimens to patients and follow up with consulting service recommendations
  • Order, perform and interpret basic laboratory diagnostic/treatment tests and procedures
  • Perform comprehensive health care assessments by obtaining health and family medical histories
  • Complete physical examinations
  • Perform clinical data recording and medical chart entries
  • Obtain informed consent
  • Maintain and complete medical records
  • Place orders for medications and tests
  • Perform retrievals from electronic medical information system
  • Organize bi-monthly meetings
  • Distinguish between normal and abnormal findings and determine which findings need further evaluation and/or collaboration assessment
  • Develop and implement a plan for care, including appropriate patient/family counseling and education based on in-depth knowledge of the specific patient populations and/or protocols
  • Evaluate, modify and revise care plan at appropriate intervals
  • Assess acute and non-acute clinical problems and toxicities
  • Assess needs and/or problem areas and plan appropriate therapeutic measures
  • Assist in developing, implementing and evaluating medical services policies and practices
  • Ensure compliance with applicable licensure/certification requirements, healthcare standards, governmental laws and regulations, and policies, procedures, and philosophy in nature
  • Assist with extensive clinical trials programs focused on developing novel therapies
  • Attend scheduled patient care rounds and didactic lecture sessions of the clinical team to which s/he is assigned
  • Demonstrate expertise in related healthcare, individual initiative, and independent judgment
  • Counsel, support, and educate patients and staff on matters relating to health and research studies/protocols
  • Develop patient rapport and provide emotional support in helping patients cope with stress associated with illnesses
  • Diagnose and manage common acute or stable chronic health problems, injuries, and illnesses making assessments of acute and non-acute clinical problems and toxicities
  • Dictate admission and discharge summaries
  • Interpret and document diagnostic tests and studies related to clinical trial interventions and patient conditions
  • Ensure unusual problems are referred to physicians or an administrative supervisor
  • Independently evaluate patients in both the inpatient and outpatient clinic settings. All activities shall be performed in coordination with a government attending physician
  • Liaise with Leidos Biomed and various NCI staff to initiate and complete tasks relating to medicine and clinical protocols, and all activities related to nursing
  • Maintain a high level of clinical competence in an area of specialty practice integrating the art and science of both nursing and medicine into practice
  • Maintain and enhance clinical practice skills by attending/participating in and conducting staff development and continuing education programs
  • Medically diagnose common short term or stable chronic health problems, injuries, and illnesses
  • Monitor and evaluate health effects related to new/ongoing protocol studies
  • Monitor and grade side effects related to a variety of study interventions, including drugs and psychological behaviors
  • Practice within boundaries established by the Nurse Practice Act or the State of Maryland and Medical Board of the Clinical Center
  • Pre-screen and recruit patients to our trials
  • Promote health maintenance and disease prevention programs
  • Provide a highly proficient level of professional health care to patients
  • Provide assessments of acute and non-acute medical problems and contraindications to participating in studies
  • Provide clear communication to the nursing team
  • Provide documentation and monitoring/grading of side effects related to a variety of study interventions including drugs and psychological behavior
  • Provide health care maintenance, diagnostic and therapeutic services, education and counseling within the boundaries of his/her specialty area of education and clinical preparation (pediatrics, adults, urologic, surgical, etc.)
  • Screen and monitor medical status of patients/subjects participating in research studies and/or protocols
  • Support in-patient and out-patient care of subjects enrolled in experimental protocols and clinical trials
  • Talk to new patients referred to our service about available protocols
  • Work as a member of a multidisciplinary clinical team to provide comprehensive care to patients in a research environment
  • Write prescriptions
  • This position is located in Bethesda, Maryland

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
  • Must possess a degree/diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant
  • Must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States
  • Must have appropriate certification issued by the appropriate certifying body the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), or the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Nurse Practitioner
  • Must be Maryland State Board eligible. Eligibility includes documentation of a pending Maryland license
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • A minimum of two (2) years relevant clinical Nurse Practitioner experience
  • Experience in standard and investigational therapy in a research setting
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Prior nursing experience with clinical trials and/or mental health
  • Experience in an out-patient setting

JOB HAZARDS
  • Candidate will be working with or have the potential for exposure to infectious material(s) or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM), requiring medical clearance and immunization in accordance with protocol requirements
  • Candidate is subject to atmospheric conditions that would require the usage of a respirator, requiring a medical clearance

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