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The House Ear Institute (HEI) is a pioneering leader in the field of hearing and Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) research. Since 1946 HEI has been committed to its threefold mission of Education, Research, and Global Health. Founded by Howard P. House, MD, and headquartered in Los Angeles, California, the House Ear Institute has been and continues to be at the forefront of new discoveries and applications of clinical and translational research in otology (ear medicine) and skull base surgery.

Led by a dedicated board of directors, top flight faculty, and supported by thousands of dedicated donors and grateful patients, this is your opportunity to come alongside them join us and support a world in which all may hear.

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Clinical Research Nurse – Neurofibromatosis Type 2

ABOUT NEUROFIBROMATOSIS TYPE 2 (NF2)

Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) is a tumor syndrome that predisposes patients to developing multiple tumors of the nervous system. Patients typically develop balance of hearing nerve tumors (acoustic neuroma/vestibular schwannoma), tumors of the coverings of the brain and spine (meningiomas), and tumors of the spinal cord (ependymomas). Patients with NF2 frequently lose hearing due to these tumors. Researchers at the House Ear Institute were the first to develop a hearing-restorative treatment for these patients – the auditory brainstem implant.

ROLE SUMMARY

The House Ear InstituteHEI seeks to recruit a talented Clinical Research Nurse to support the growth and development of the NF2 research program at the HEI. This position requires an individual with strong project management and critical thinking skills to organize clinical research care and projects. Responsibilities include educating patients and families on clinical trial opportunities, coordinating care for patients who are enrolled in IRB-approved clinical research trials, collecting data for open studies, and organizing an NF2 tumor board. Patients with NF2 often have hearing difficulties. A knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) is not required, however a willingness to work with patients who are hearing impaired is a must. A benefit unique to this position is funded travel to attend the annual Children’s Tumor Foundation conference on Neurofibromatosis.

 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Patient Education:

  • Help to develop educational resources regarding open NF2 clinical studies at HEI
  • Discuss risks and benefits of clinical studies with eligible patients with NF2
  • Assist with obtaining consent and enrollment documentation for clinical studies
  • Serve as the primary resource for inquiries regarding clinical studies from potential subjects and enrolled patients

 

Coordination of care/research visits:

  • Manage and coordinate study-related patient visits
  • Work collaboratively with neurosurgeons, otologists, audiologists in coordinating clinical care and study visits
  • Schedule necessary follow-up for patients on clinical studies
  • Participate in planning and evaluation processes to improve workflow and organization of multi-disciplinary clinical care and study visits

 

Data collection and management for NF2 studies:

  • Maintain an active database related to NF2 clinical studies
  • Participate in data collection – will includeing performing neurological examination and documentation of both  subjective and objective (physical exam) findings
  • Assist with collection of retrospective data (patient charts)
  • Ensure that documentation and reporting for clinical trials is complete and accurate
  • Maintain study compliance with IRB, funding, and government policies

 

Management of NF2 tumor board:

  • Organize a list of select patients for inclusion in a monthly NF2 tumor board
  • Identify pertinent information for each patient to be included that relates to the specific clinical question to be addressed at the tumor board
  • Follow-up on action items identified at each tumor board meeting

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

  • Current California RN License
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) or equivalent degree required
  • Two or more years of experience with clinical research or project management preferred

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with neurosurgical patients and the neurologic examination
  • Prior experience with clinical trials
  • A strong commitment to advancing HEI’s mission.
  • An interest in improving the health of patients with NF2.
  • Willingness to work with patients who are hearing impaired.
  • Personally and effectively engage with NF2 community members.
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills.
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office and clinical research databases (preferably Filemaker Pro).
  • Work closely and effectively with researchers and clinicians, including neurosurgeons, otologists, and audiologists.
  • Possess a highest level of organization, analysis, perspective, planning, creativity, and energy.
  • Remain flexible in the face of competing demands and effectively manage multiple projects at any given time.
  • Be a self-starter and demonstrate an ability to solve problems and remove barriers to the administrative goals and initiatives.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and demanding environment.
  • Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team

 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • HEI prides itself in offering its employees a competitive salary that places them at or above the market rate.
  • HEI offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, and optional vision coverage, as well as paid sick and vacation time benefits.
  • HEI employees benefit from a flexible and fun working environment where the focus is placed on outcomes and success.
  • A retirement plan will come online for HEI employees during the calendar year 2019.  
  • Particular to this position, we will fund travel and attendance to the annual Children’s Tumor Foundation Neurofibromatosis conference.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, please visit www.hei.org for more information. Resumes and cover letters can be submitted via e-mail to jobs@hei.org. Resumes submitted without cover letters will not be considered. Only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.