Job Description

Payroll Title:
MEDICINE / Infectious Disease
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
NX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

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#111628 (RN) Clinical Research Nurse - Infectious Diseases

Filing Deadline: Wed 9/22/2021

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit:

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/10/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 09/22/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Current UC San Diego Health RN applicants will be considered after the first 7 days of job posting. All additional applicants will be considered after 14 days of job posting, pending the status of the initial internal RN applicant pool.


UC San Diego Health is a Magnet designated organization, which is a prestigious recognition that applies to only 10% of all U.S. hospitals. Magnet is the "gold standard" for nursing excellence and is based on strengths in five key areas, which include transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge, innovation and improvements and empirical outcomes. UC San Diego Health has held its Magnet status since 2011.

Under the direction of the Administrative Nurse, the Research Nurse serves as an Infectious Disease Research Nurse managing and coordinating clinical trials at the Antiviral Research Center (AVRC). The type of trials vary and include inpatient and outpatient clinical trials, longitudinal studies, and observational studies. The projects may be sponsored by large multi-site National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded projects, industry funding, or initiated by a site principal investigator (PI). These trials will be conducted in inpatient settings in both UCSD Hillcrest and UCSD Jacobs Medical Centers, at out-patient facilities at the AVRC, and remotely within the community of San Diego. The Research Nurse would work as part of a team conducting clinical trials related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and its complications, both chronic and acute, Hepatitis B and C, Tuberculosis, Influenza, bacterial blood stream infections, infections in immunocompromised patients, and COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.

Research Nurse is responsible for project implementation, outreach and recruitment, consenting research subjects, data collection and oversight and nursing care to adult research volunteers. Duties include but not limited to; phlebotomy, investigational drug administration, intravenous medication infusions, assisting with various procedures, monitoring vital signs, Intravenous (IV) insertions, pharmacokinetic specimen collections, ECGs, monitoring for adverse events, and scheduling and facilitating other diagnostic testing outside of our department.

Assist Principal Investigators in the conduct of research by providing nursing expertise in the recruitment, treatment, patient education, and monitoring of patients involved in clinical trials and other research studies. Collects research patient data using source documentation, completes case report forms, and does data entry as necessary. Organize and manage inpatient and outpatient functions as assigned. Collaborates with other research partners both within the Infectious Disease Division and UCSD campus and on a national and international level. Review protocols and attend in-service presentations for new protocols. Attends weekly HIV and Global Health Rounds and ID Case Conferences. Advise research personnel on proper nursing skills required to perform research studies. Participate in quality management and patient safety practices. Work on special projects as assigned by Principal Investigators and Administrative Nurse. Act as a clinical resource for non-clinical research staff within the AVRC.

While not required, a cover letter is highly recommended when applying to this position.


  • Registered Nurse (RN) issued by the state of California with two (2) years of clinical experience, and experience working with Infectious Disease patients.

  • BLS/CPR certification at time of hire with commitment to get BART within 6 months of hire date.

  • Expert knowledge and experience with standard patient care equipment such as EKG, pulse oximeter, blood pressure monitor, IV pumps, phlebotomy, saline locks, assisting with various procedures, LPs, etc.

  • Experience working with inpatients with infectious complications

  • Proven ability to understand complex research protocols, including rationales for clinical/laboratory measurements and results. .

  • Ability to draw blood, start IV lines, collect specimens and administer medications via all routes.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in addition to excellent interpersonal skills to deal with a diverse group of coworkers and research colleagues.

  • Ability to understand clinical research protocols and carry out specialized clinical research procedures such as pharmacokinetic sampling, Intravenous infusions, ECGs, assist with biopsies, assist with STI sampling, phlebotomy for diagnostic testing and pharmacokinetics, HIV testing, antibiotic drug level monitoring, etc.

  • Knowledge and skill to be able to elicit confidential, private information from patients for research purposes including sexual practices, sexual and needle sharing partners, drug use, etc.

  • Ability to make independent clinical decisions in patient care matters.

  • Experience in recognizing adverse events in patients with complex disease processes such as HIV, HBV, HCV, TB, bloodstream infections, respiratory infections, and other complex infectious diseases, and ability to communicate events to Admin Nurse and PI in a timely manner, ability to describe AE in detail both orally and written word.

  • Experience and ability to work with a diverse group of Investigators throughout the University, on a National and International level.

  • Computer literacy including knowledge of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, EPIC, various Internet browsers.

  • Ability to educate patients, partners, family members and community members on infectious diseases relevant to projects being conducted such as COVID-19, HIV, HBV, HCV, TB, respiratory infections, blood stream infections, other complicated infections, etc.


  • Fluency in Spanish and English.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of medications, indications, dosage ranges, side effects, and potential toxicity including some exposure to current COVID-19, HIV, HBV, HCV, TB, and antibiotic medications.
  • Experience working within clinical research.
  • Computer literacy with online database systems such as REDcap, RAVE, and eClinical.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Willingness to work with patients with coronavirus (COVID-19), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), tuberculosis (TB), and/or other infections.
  • Must have reliable transportation to commute to the Hillcrest and La Jolla campuses as well as around the community.
  • Must have excellent phlebotomy, IV insertion skills.
  • Selected candidate may be hired at the CNIII level pending review and approval by the Nurse Executive Council.
  • Must be willing to work occasional weekends and/or flexible hours.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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