UK Research Nurses Make Discoveries Happen
April 10, 2017 | University of Kentucky
Specialized research nurses who work with the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science provide outpatient, inpatient, and off-site care for research participants, along with an array of other research support services.
Nurses have long been at the heart of health research, but only in late 2016 did the American Nurses Association (ANA) recognize clinical research nursing as nursing specialty practice.
For Linda Rice, a registered nurse and director of clinical operations for the clinical services core (CSC) of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), ANA's designation of a clinical nursing specialty for research recognizes the unique demands, expertise, and contributions of the type of nursing she's been practicing for 28 years.
Rice oversees and trains a team of specialized nurses who assist in conducting research in the CCTS inpatient and outpatient research units for adults and children. They also provide additional clinical research services, like study coordination. Over the last three years, the CCTS CSC has averaged between 1,200 and 1,500 inpatient bed-nights per year, 1,600 to 1,800 outpatient days per year, and 500 to 700 offsite visits per year.