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Enhancing clinical research quality and safety through specialized nursing practice.


The International Association of Clinical Research Nurses is a professional nursing organization. Its purpose is to define, validate and advance clinical research nursing as a specialty practice and to support the professional development of registered nurses who directly or indirectly impact the care of clinical research participants across all clinical specialties.


Clinical Research Nursing is the specialized practice of professional nursing focused on maintaining equilibrium between care of the research participant and fidelity to the research protocol. This specialty practice incorporates human subject protection; care coordination and continuity; contribution to clinical science; clinical practice; and study management throughout a variety of professional roles, practice settings, and clinical specialties.

Please cite International Association of Clinical Research Nurses. (2012) "Enhancing Clinical Research Quality and Safety Through Specialized Nursing Practice". Scope and Standards of Practice Committee Report.

 Goals & Initiatives for 2016-2020:

Strategic Initiative #1 - Grow Our Professional Nursing Organization

  1. Create a sustainable financial plan consistent with the strategic priorities for the next four years.
  2. Create annual membership recruitment and retention plan to increase membership to 500 over the next four years.
  3. Create at least two new strategic partnerships with other professional associations, industry, academic institutions, or foundations that value development of nursing practice.

Strategic Initiative #2 - Advance the Organizational Infrastructure

  1. Define and refine committee and Board of Directors work flows to meet growing needs.
  2. Develop and support committee work.
  3. Support the development of chapters.

Strategic Initiative #3 - Promote Clinical Research Nursing as a Specialty Practice across All Practice Levels and Research Settings

  1. Disseminate “Scope and Standards of Practice for Clinical Research Nursing.”
  2. Support the establishment of an evidence base for practice through research and publication opportunities.
  3. Identify path to and process of certification.
  4. Heighten awareness of the specialty practice with research volunteers and the public.

Strategic Initiative #4 - Collaborate with the Foundation to Support the Professional Development of Clinical Research Nurses

  1. Provide local, national and international continuing education opportunities for CRNs.
  2. Develop and disseminate a standardized clinical research nursing training curriculum to support core competencies defined in S&S of Practice Document.
  3. Create mentor ship opportunities for professional development and future organizational leadership.
  4. Engage with nursing schools to heighten awareness and inclusion of the CRN role competencies in nursing education.

International Association of Clinical Research Nurses

PO Box 7
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062, USA
(609) 519-9689 (Phone)

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