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Requisition Number 17-0049
Post Date 5/5/2017
Title Senior Research LPN
Position Type Full Time
Work Hours 40 hpw
City Morgantown
State WV
Description Purpose
Provides clinical nursing support to the Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) for the collection, processing, and storing of blood, urine and/or tissue samples from cancer patients for use in current or future research.

This position supervises and coordinates the activities of others and is responsible for the performance of various duties in support of the CTRU. Performs functional operation duties; acts independently, using professional concepts and organizational objectives to effectively address moderate to complex matters. Position duties may require creativity, depth SKAs and interpretive abilities. Work effort has considerable impact on personnel and workflow with potential legal liabilities.

Duties & Responsibilities
Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under limited supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
1) Supervising others in bio-specimen collection, preparation, and storage.
2) Helping prepare policy and procedures related to bio-specimen collection, preparation and storage.
3) Obtaining informed consent and carefully follow study protocols and scripts.
4) Collecting bio-specimen samples from research participants and perform routine laboratory tests on samples.
5) Performing blood collection using standard phlebotomy techniques.
6) Administering heparin via a “lock’ or will start intravenous fluids, and notes times and amounts on patients' charts.
7) Observing patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
8) Measuring and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration.
9) Maintaining accurate and thorough documentation.
10) Following specimen processing protocols to prepare samples.
11) Sampling preparation may include: centrifugation, pipetting, DNA/RNA extraction, white blood cell separation.
12) Storing and shipping samples.
13) Attending department or protocol specific meetings as necessary.
14) Sterilizing equipment and supplies, using germicides, sterilizer, or autoclave.
15) Assisting with coordination of patient flow, telephone screening, preparation of patients for examination and procedures, and giving injections as directed.
16) May also require HIV testing and counseling certification.
17) Works in conjunction with the pathology departments (may be external to WVU medicine) for archived tissue collection to confirm adequate tissue is available per protocol. Requests de-identified block/slides as available, labels with study provided ID and ships to the corresponding lab.
18) Works with interventional radiology, surgical staff or other clinical team for fresh tissue specimens to prepare for tumor biopsy per protocol. On hand during the tumor collection for any immediate required processing and ships the fresh tumor sample out to the corresponding lab.

Supervisory/Lead Role
This position reports to the Director of the Bio-Specimen Processing Core (BPC) and also takes guidance and direction from the Manager Oncology Clinical Sciences. Normally receives no instructions on routine work, limited instructions on new assignments. Typically determines methods and procedures on new assignments. Supervision of others will be required; and, sharing of knowledge with others and team participation is expected in the role. Program, project or activity lead responsibilities will occur or be assigned in this position.

Physical Demands
This position requires standing and bending in the assessment and treatment of patients; requires manual dexterity used in drawing blood and processing the samples; prolonged periods of sitting and the ability to walk short distances. Work activities may require the use of elevators and/or stairs. Activities are predominantly non-manual though some manual work may be included.

Work Environment
Work is performed in a normal clinic/hospital setting and a processing lab. Exposure to diseases, body fluids, chemical and biologic hazards is possible. Incumbent may experience the following and require medical monitoring:
a) Contact with Human Blood or Other Potentially Infectious Material (OPIM) - includes human body fluids other than feces, urine, tears and sweat;
Patient Contact - having contact with a patient, or with potentially contaminated items, including (but not limited to) blood and/or body fluids.
Requirements Requisite Qualifications
Education and/or Experience
1) Completion of training in a vocational health occupation program;
And
2) 5 – 7 years of work experience as an LPN, including successful supervisory experience;
Or
1) An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certifications, Licenses, Registrations
1) Licensed Practical Nurse (WV)

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
1) Skilled at administering medications via a “lock’ or in other ways.
2) Must demonstrate expert skills in phlebotomy.
3) Skilled at working as a team member and successfully supervising others.
4) Skilled at prepare policy and procedures related to bio-specimen collection, preparation and storage.
5) Should possess good written/oral communication, and have knowledge of basic computer applications using Word and Excel.
6) Basic chemistry lab skills as demonstrated by passing a high school chemistry course.
7) Excellent customer service skills and the ability to communicate effectively with patients and families; pharmaceutical company personnel; regulatory and monitoring agency personnel; and, internal staff members. Communicates with physicians, patients, students and employees of WVU, WVU Hospitals, MBRCC and UHA.
8) Working knowledge of appropriate patient assessment techniques.
9) Knowledge of the information and techniques needed for diagnosis and treatment. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
10) Knowledge of appropriate bio-specimen collection and processing techniques.
11) Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations.
12) Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
13) Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
14) Ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others and maintain them over time.
15) Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
16) Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume.
17) Ability to analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution, solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
18) Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
19) Ability to develop specific goals and plans, to prioritize, organize and accomplish tasks independently and through others.
20) Ability to learn how to reproducibly use a pipette and maintain safe lab practices.

Behavioral Competencies
1) Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assess strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others.
2) Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely.
3) Internal & External Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others.
4) Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information.
5) Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values.
6) Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercise discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.
Preferred Qualifications & Credentials
1) Lab experience with the following techniques: centrifugation, pipetting, cell counts and staining, buccal swab processing, and/or DNA/RNA extraction.
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