Clinical Research Nursing Services

Clinical Research Nursing Services

Many of the clinical research services are provided by expert registered nurses (RNs) in our two outpatient clinics; one at UCI Medical Center and one on the UCI campus.  The ICTS clinical staff understands the specific demands of research and are very experienced in the care of research participants of all ages, many of whom have a myriad of health conditions and/or rare diseases participating in studies of varying complexity

In addition to providing and coordinating exemplary clinical care, research RNs have a central role in collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to ensure the completion of research objectives in a safe and efficient manner, maintaining integrity of protocol procedures and accuracy of research data collection. The RNs may assist investigators in developing MD orders and data collection tools. The clinics have routine supplies and equipment and can accommodate specialty equipment and supplies on a space-available basis.

Examples of Nursing Services:

  • Complete clinical assessments
  • Collect and record research data
  • Observe and monitor the research participant and report potential adverse events to a member of the research team
  • Provide education for  research participants and family regarding study participation, participant’s current clinical condition, and/or disease process
  • Administration of research interventions
  • Vital signs
  • Anthropometrics
  • Phlebotomy
  • Specimen collection
  • Pharmacokinetic sampling
  • Point of Care testing, urine pregnancy and hemoglobin
  • IV placement and management
  • Administration  of investigational drugs
  • EKG
  • Assist with study related procedures i.e. lumbar punctures, skin and muscle biopsies

The ICTS staff is able to learn study-specific procedures as needed. In the past this has included certifications in the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale, PASI, allergy testing, uroflow documentation, neuropsychiatric assessment scales. Some off-site and off-hours research support may be provided. And with advanced approval and logistical arrangements we can assist with preparing inpatient nursing staff at UC Irvine Medical Center for research.

Basic Lab Processing

Research clinic staff also provides basic lab processing:

  • Centrifuging
  • Aliquoting
  • Specimen smears
  • Short and long  term freezer storage
  • Packaging and shipping

Normal Blood Drawing Program

This service provides a source of adult human blood from anonymous healthy research subjects to UCI investigators.  The cost of subject screening, phlebotomy, and specimen transport may be covered by the ICTS. However, the investigator is responsible for subject reimbursement ($10.00 for volumes less than or equal to 100 ml and $0.10 per milliliter for volumes greater than 100 ml) upon completion of each donation.

Bionutrition Services

  • DXA: whole body, spine and hips
  • Dietary analysis
  • Nutritional support specific to individual study needs
  • Meals and snacks for study participants