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CommonSpirit Health RN Research Lead - Cancer Center Research in DES MOINES, Iowa


MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit, Catholic medical centers in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Newton and Centerville and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive (965 beds total) – along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state, with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates. MercyOne Central Iowa is a member of MercyOne, which was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost, not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. MercyOne has more than 20,000 colleagues in Iowa and surrounding states.



Provides professional nursing care for and enrolls/monitors adult patients in Clinical Research studies following the standards and practices of Mercy Medical Center / Mercy Cancer Center and of the CHI Institute for Research & Innovation (CIRI).


  • Oversees daily operations of the clinical trials research team, including team workflow.

  • Provides guidance to the clinical trials research team and acts as a liaison between the staff and the Oncology Service Line Director. (Note: Team lead and all clinical trials staff still report to the Oncology Service Line Director.)

  • Participates in staff development and assists with new employee orientation and training.

  • Assists in developing and implementing policies and procedures specific to the clinical trials team.

  • Performs duties and functions of Research RN.

  • Oversees and ensures compliance with all clinical trials guidelines and research protocols.

  • Administration of research protocols by assisting physician investigators in identification of patients who meet inclusion/exclusion criteria, scheduling in office doctor and lab visits that are outside the standard of care visits. Responsible for working with Investigators and patients to obtain informed consent. Coordinate and/or perform research related tests in and outside the clinic. Maintain accurate documents, FDA records and case form records, complete health and drug histories and disease assessments. Review patient data for safety and administration purposes. Make corrections and clarifications of data for sponsor monitors.

  • Ensures all necessary paperwork is completed connected with research studies and coordinates all activities related to patients’ diagnostic testing, visits and evaluations; maintaining statistical collection of all protocols.

  • Assists Director of Oncology Service Line with evaluation of staff.

  • Maintains an understanding of all protocols which the group is involved in.

  • Travel to all Mercy Cancer Center offices, and the offices of affiliated physicians and other affiliated health center, as needed.

  • Assist with organization and triage of daily/weekly schedule; and show initiative to identify and implement ways to improving the job and surroundings for the entire team.



  • Current licensures as R.N., state of Iowa or compact state.

  • Three years of RN nursing experience required. Two years of oncology nursing or critical care experience preferred. Three years of clinical trials experience may be substituted here.

  • Valid Iowa Driver’s/Chauffeurs License required, must meet Mercy’s Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, must be at least 18 years of age and be eligible to drive per Iowa state law.

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within three (3) months of hire.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider certified or obtained by the end of the orientation period (approximately six (6) weeks).

  • Excellent interpersonal communication

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CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Requisition ID 2020-128403

Employment Type Full Time

Department Cancer Center

Hours Per Pay Period 80

Facility MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center

Shift Day

Standard Hours days

Work Schedule 8 Hour