Job Description


Research Nurse Dublin –

Full time / Part-time Contract

Reporting to:

Executive Team encompassing General Manager, Medical Director and Research and Development Director

Reporting Responsibilities:



St. Michael’s Hospital Dun Laoghaire, and on occasion (project determined) St. Vincent’s Hospital and University College


The Research Nurse will support innovative research work based in St. Michael’s Hospital, and on occasion in St. Vincent’s University Hospital and, or, UCD.

Key Tasks:

  • To work to HBT standard operating procedures for clinical trials and academic research.
  • To play an active role in driving ongoing clinical research projects.
  • To actively participate in the implementation of clinical investigations and trials.
  • To assist in ensuring the overall smooth running of the HBT as per best practice.
  • To arrange study specific research meetings if necessary, including staff notification, completion and writing of minutes where applicable.
  • To ensure patient confidentiality and dignity is assured and maintained at all times during a clinical trial/research project in line with GDPR guidelines.
  • To take responsibility for maintenance and upkeep of all HBT clinical research documentation, including: site files, case record forms, monitoring arrangements, data correction and data collection.
  • To complete (with the help of the sponsor company if necessary) all ethical and regulatory procedures (submissions, query resolution etc.) for the clinical trial studies you are assigned.
  • To review proposed research protocols and provide input to site study feasibility reports (e.g. annual site patient numbers, equipment / test availability etc.)
  • To attend investigator meetings as appropriate relative to studies assigned to you.
  • To ensure prompt management of all study related correspondence.
  • To prepare your studies for Internal / Sponsor / Health Products Regulatory Authority audits as required.
  • To ensure that patients are fully informed of all details pertaining to the clinical trial/research project prior to their recruitment.
  • To screen, recruit and consent suitable study candidates.
  • To ensure that all studies undertaken by the HBT or heart failure unit from the time of appointment are completed to the highest standards in accordance with ICH-GCP, HPRA/EU Directive requirements.
  • To carry out other duties as appropriate to the post as may be assigned from time to time by the Management of the HBT.
  • To maintain the upkeep of the clinic and procedure rooms along with stocktaking and ordering of required materials.


  • Clinical Practice
  • Provide specialist knowledge, expertise and care to patients participating in a clinical trial.
  • Ensure patients have an understanding of their disease and the proposed research and standard treatment options.
  • Work with a Multidisciplinary Team in evaluating and treating clinical problems, as they arise in the research settings.
  • Co-ordinate patient investigatious therapy and follow up, as appropriate to specific clinical research programmes.
  • To be competent and actively participate in phlebotomy / laboratory procedures for clinical investigations and trials.
  • Adhere to nursing policies and procedures within the HBT and St Vincent’s University Hospital Group.
  • Ensure continuity of patient care by liaising with outside health care professionals, and those who are involved in clinical work.
  • Use agreed protocols to deal with referrals and enquiries from other hospitals and within St Vincent’s University Hospital and St Michael’s Hospital.
  • Promote a safe clinical environment for patients, visitors and staff to the HBT / SMH with due regard to Health and Safety and Risk Management issues.
  • When needed, to assist in the STOP HF screening service.


  • Education
  • Use relevant educational opportunities to maintain the highest standards of care to patients involved in clinical trials and academic research projects.
  • Develop and facilitate educational and support programmes for members of the Multidisciplinary Team.
  • Assist in training members of the Multidisciplinary Team in changes of practice in the delivery care.


  • Personnel development
  • Maintain Professional Registration
  • Undertake further education as appropriate to keep updated with changes within the field of Clinical Research.
  • Take responsibility for own professional development and updating
  • Attend and participate in:
  • In service and staff education
  • Staff Conferences
  • Appropriate outside conferences


  • Quality Assurance
  • Help maintain the system for recording clinical activity.
  • Demonstrate commitment to evidence based practice.
  • Maintain clinical and administrative records and reporting arrangements.

Qualifications / Experience:


  • RGN with a minimum of 2 years post registration experience.
  • Must be registered with An Bord Altranais.
  • Have a minimum of 2 years post registration experience.
  • Experience working as part of multi-disciplinary team in a clinical environment.
  • Have excellent interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Phlebotomy Certification.
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development.
  • Flexibility in working hours.
  • ICT literate with database management skills.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to use initiative.
  • Must have the ability to work in a complementary role to medical colleagues & other members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Able to prioritise and deliver agreed objectives.


*Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check will form part of the selection process.



  • Have a post graduate clinical research course or similar.
  • Prior experience in clinical trials.
  • Thorough knowledge of ICH GCP and relevant regulations for the conduct of clinical trials, preferably with a current GCP certificate.
  • Experience in Cardiology therapeutic area.
  • Experience in audit & quality improvement projects.
  • Training in biological specimen handling and shipment.

Personal Requirements:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven administrative skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Self-motivated and driven
  • Interested in learning
  • Team player


  • Business overview as part of induction
  • GCP Training
  • Database Training.
  • High level of technical training related to clinical trials.
  • Other training where relevant

Why come work with The Heartbeat Trust?

  • Role is Monday to Friday – office hours
  • No late nights
  • No weekends
  • Will offer Flexible hours / part-time
  • Opportunities for career progression
  • Educational Support Programme
  • Opportunities to partake in cutting-edge scientific HF research
  • Tax-saver commuter tickets
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Opportunities to attend conferences and seminars
Salary Scale: Commensurate with experience


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