Registered Nurse 1 – Research




Perform nursing services and investigative work in support of clinical, biological and/or biomedical research. Work may be in epidemiological or community oriented research within a specialized field such as cardiology, oncology or trauma. Apply knowledge and skills applicable to an assigned nursing specialty. Collect, verify and compile information in support of research.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Under general supervision and following existing protocol, obtain data through interviewing subjects/patients, conducting laboratory tests, consulting with the physician and reviewing medical records. Coordinate patient participation in medical research studies. Compile and verify the accuracy of research data.

Typical Work:

Obtain and record research data in conjunction with physician and other professionals on the research team; interview subjects; review medical records; assist in planning nursing aspects of medical team research; write data collection tools;

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients and their families, professional or community groups and volunteers; maintain contact with public agencies which are involved with aspects of the research of general public health care; keep study files in compliance with Food and Drug Administration’s regulations;

Determine eligibility of potential study participants; obtain informed consent; enroll patients in research protocol; coordinate all aspects of the patient’s care;

Explain research protocol to participants; respond to patient inquiries regarding protocol; schedule patient participation; ensure compliance with research protocol; inform referring physicians of protocol requirements;

Perform specialized tasks such as arterial puncture, venipuncture and operation of electronic monitoring equipment; assist with surgical or invasive procedures and process laboratory specimens as required;

Administer treatment and/or medication in accordance with research protocol;

Assess patient reaction to medications and/or treatments as part of a research protocol; identify potential adverse reactions;

Collect, record, organize, transcribe and verify accuracy of research data; prepare data for computer input; perform mathematical and statistical calculations and/or analysis;

Direct the work of support staff such as laboratory helpers, clinic assistants or clerical support personnel;

Perform related duties as required.


Bachelor’s Degree in nursing or a relevant field


One year of experience as a registered nurse

Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Washington

Class Specification History

New Class Title: July 1, 2014; Class adopted for UW contract classified staff per PERC decision to add this title to SEIU 1199NW Research RN/Hall Health bargaining unit, effective July 1, 2014 (Case #25914-E-13-3814). Incorporates the work of UW classified non-union job code 6210, Registered Nurse I – Research Washington State Job Code 285J.

Revised new class code: (formerly 6210) effective July 1, 2007 New Class: 10-22-90