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  • Staff Nurse - Metabolic Research Unit, Human Nutrition Research on Aging (HNRCA)

    Tufts University


    The USDA-Human Nutrition Research on Aging (HNRCA) is one of six USDA human research centers created to study the effect of human nutrition on health. The mission of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (HNRCA) is to promote healthy aging through nutrition science to empower people seeking to enjoy long, active, and independent lives. HNRCA investigators conduct the world's most advanced studies on nutrition and aging. The research focuses on determining the nutrient and physical activity requirements necessary to promote well-being for older adults.


    The Metabolic Research Unit (MRU) is one of the Scientific Core Units at the HNRCA directed toward facilitating and supporting the clinical aspects of data collection with human study participants for the HNRCA's research teams.  The MRU services cover study areas of: participant recruitment and enrollment; nutrition services from our metabolic kitchen; nursing services; and study coordination services.  Research nurses and support staff implement research protocols and continually assess and monitor free-living and resident study participants.  Registered dietitians and dietary support staff develop and implement the dietary component of research protocols, which include strict feeding protocols created in the MRU research kitchen with careful food intake monitoring throughout the duration of each study.

    What You'll Do

    The Staff Nurse is a registered professional nurse who manages the clinical course of research participants throughout a study. The primary function of the Staff Nurse is to conduct human research protocols in a carefully monitored, controlled, yet dynamic environment to achieve quality outcomes for data and research participant safety to support the HNRCA research goals. The Staff Nurse is responsible for knowledge of Code of Federal Regulations and Good Clinical Practice, policies and procedures of the Tufts Medical Center/Tufts University Health Sciences Institutional Review Board and all other guidance documents for the conduct of human clinical trials and human research participant protection. The Staff Nurse utilizes the nursing process-assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, and documentation process to attain research participant safety and data integrity.

    What We're Looking For

    Basic Requirements:

    • Graduate of an accredited nursing program. Three to five years of acute clinical experience. IV and phlebotomy skills and experience.

    • Licensed Massachusetts Registered Nurse and maintain current licensure to practice.

    • Proficient with Microsoft Office software suite, email, web search.

    • Completion of Human Research Participant Protection training, CPR and AED certification within 2 weeks of start date.

    • Ability to lift 25lbs with or without accommodations.

    • Ability to maintain professional and technical knowledge.


    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience in clinical research and working with research participants.

    • Experience working within IRB guidance and policies.

    • Experience with REDCap or other research data collection databases. Strong data management.

    • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.

    • Fluent in both spoken and written English and Spanish.


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