Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Nurse Practitioner II - NCI Neurologic Oncology Branch (NOB)

Bethesda, MD, USA
Sep 25, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Within Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., the Clinical Research Directorate (CRD), various clinical support teams provide 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), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). CRD'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, CRD 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. CRD'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.

The Clinical Research Directorate (CRD) provides comprehensive, dedicated clinical research, nursing and physician support for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Center for Cancer Research (CCR), Neurologic Oncology Branch (NOB).


  • Provides clinical care within the Neuro-Oncology Branch (NOB) in collaboration with physicians and health care professionals
  • Performs a comprehensive physical assessment and documents findings in the appropriate format following institutional and protocol standards
  • Assesses the client's general health status through observation and the use of appropriate screening procedures
  • Acquires client data through health history taking that includes family history and significant social information
  • Explains the care management/discharge plan to all members of the covering team (inpatient NPs, attendings) at sign-out
  • Provides teaching and guidance related to the client's current state of health and understanding of his/her disease and promote optimal performance
  • Coordinates study enrollment, collaborates with nursing staff to provide protocol treatment, and provides follow up care for brain tumor patients participating in clinical trials
  • Assists the principal investigator in the process of assuring informed consent forms have been signed and obtaining written consent for treatment; pharmacokinetics; assesses patients on study for complications-document and communicate to principal investigator
  • Calculates the dose of and prescribes chemotherapy, investigational agents, medications, intravenous fluids and blood products according to established protocol, institutional, and practice guidelines
  • Provides guidance in the management of specific problems for the patient on chemotherapy, immunotherapy or other treatments and/or the patient with progressive disease
  • Manages appropriate referrals to other specialists as indicated
  • Screens new patient calls and phone triage for active patients
  • Orders radiological studies, following protocols and patient care guidelines
  • Orders and interprets lab studies
  • Attends the new patient consultation with the client and family for the purpose of explaining the diagnosis, protocol, and treatment program, explaining the Neuro-Oncology NP role, and establishing a rapport with the client and family
  • Completes initial and follow up assessment(s), progress notes and written correspondence to multidisciplinary personnel
  • Serves as a clinical liaison to area hospices and/or home care agencies as needed or as appropriate
  • Acts as a clinical liaison between inpatient and outpatient nurses in order to provide continuity of care to the hospitalized patient
  • Maintains documented evidence of weekly case review with the collaborating physician
  • Attends and participates in multidisciplinary meetings such as monthly Tumor Board and neuropathology review
  • Practices within boundaries established by the Nurse Practice Act or the State of Maryland and Medical Board of the Clinical Center
  • Liaises with Leidos Biomed and various NCI staff to initiate and complete tasks relating to medicine and clinical protocols, and all activities related to nursing
  • Performs clinical data recording and medical chart entries
  • Dictates admission and discharge summaries
  • This position is located in Bethesda, Maryland



  • 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
  • In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years relevant clinical Nurse Practitioner experience
  • Knowledge of relationships between diseases, health assessment, counseling, diagnostic testing procedures, broad base clinical areas such as pathophysiology, psychosocial theory, pharmacology, and primary medical management practices
  • Ability to conduct studies according to established Good Clinical Practice (GCP) as defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and the Clinical Center's Administrative Policies of the operational clinic
  • Working knowledge of prevention, etiology, therapies and new research developments
  • Ability to communicate effectively and maintain a collaborative relationship with the Medical Director and various levels of medical staff
  • Ability to assess acute and non-acute medical problems
  • Ability to develop patient rapport and provide emotional support in helping patients cope with stress associated with illnesses
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance




  • Prior nursing experience with clinical trials and/or oncology
  • Experience in an out-patient setting




  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to infectious material, requiring medical clearance and immunizations


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