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University of Utah PS Research Nurse-Utah Quality Advancement Laboratory (UQuAL) Research Nurse Liaison in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 07/06/2023

Requisition Number PRN35588B

Job Title PS Research Nurse

Working Title PS Research Nurse-Utah Quality Advancement Laboratory (UQuAL) Research Nurse Liaison

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday through Fridays 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00232 - General Internal Medicine

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 22.88 to 43.46

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

This is a quality improvement/research nurse liaison position responsible for driving research/quality improvement project implementation and assisting with care coordination for the UQuAL Hospitalist Team.

The research/quality improvement role is to serve as an embedded team member who can lead daily research project implementation (e.g., daily reminders about project activities) and gather frontline, real-time data (e.g., observation , surveys) as well as share critical nursing expertise about project feasibility. The first funded research project (funded by the National Academy of Medicine; ) will be exploring diagnostic communication between the emergency and inpatient clinician care teams and helping to build a tool to improve communication of diagnostic uncertainty. Additional projects will be determined in collaboration with the UQuAL Hospitalist Team leadership. The clinical role is to round with the UQuAL Hospitalist Team and facilitate interdisciplinary communication, patient care transitions, and help educate trainees on system procedures and resources. All of these roles will be in collaboration with existing nursing infrastructure.

This position will be within the School of Medicine and work under the UQuAL Hospitalist Team leadership.

Essential Functions:

· Research and Quality Improvement Functions

o Attend UQuAL Meetings and report on UQuAL Hospitalist Team projects

o Regular coordination with UQuAL Hospitalist Team Directors

o Communicate with clinical research coordinators (CRCs) on UQuAL Hospitalist Team Projects

o Provide expert nursing input on feasibility of UQuAL Hospitalist Team Projects

o Help create and optimize study protocol documents and quick fact sheets

o Ensure clinical team has access to all project-related fact sheets

o Help educate clinical team on ongoing UQuAL Hospitalist Team Projects

o Be available to answer questions on UQuAL Hospitalist Team Projects from clinical staff

o Ensure appropriate consents are obtained and that studies adhere to study protocols

o Collect primary data through structured observations, surveys, and interviews

o Maintain up to date training in human subjects research and research compliance

o Acquire additional QI or research training, depending on existing experience and training history

· Clinical Functions

o Round with UQuAL Hospitalist team on weekdays (one administrative day will be used for meetings, project coordination, developing project materials—including educational and protocol documents, basic data analysis, and completing relevant human subjects requirements)

o When new team members rotate onto UQuAL Hospitalist team, orient them to UQuAL Hospitalist team purpose, activities, and ongoing quality initiatives

o Assist with continuity of patient care

o Facilitate interdisciplinary communication

o Work with discharge pharmacy and discharge nursing to facilitate patient discharge including ensuring appropriate appointments are scheduled and communicating with the primary teams to ensure a smooth transition between inpatient and outpatient care

o Help educate trainees on system procedures and resources

o All of these roles with been done in collaboration with existing nursing infrastructure

o Represent UQuAL Hospitalist Team at Nursing Quality, Acute Care Leadership Team, and acute care quality meetings


· Outstanding communication and team-based care skills

· Demonstrated critical thinking skills

· Inquisitive nature and interest in learning many new skills

· Experience with clinical research processes

· Demonstrated teaching and leadership abilities

· Ability to function both independently and as part of a team

· Ability to provide safe and culturally inclusive care


· At least two years nursing experience, could include experience in care coordination

· Prior training and experience in quality improvement or health services research methods

· Current nursing license

As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Sciences exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The Health Sciences Center seeks faculty and staff who are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission.


Assists in conducting weekly clinics that examine participating research patients, provide patient care follow-up, and evaluate their progress within the research project. Assists with the design of research projects by making recommendations on the feasibility of using certain protocols and treatment procedures. Determines patient eligibility for a specific research project. Performs patient education functions by informing patients and their families of possible implications that may arise by participating in specific research projects, and training them in the proper use of experimental drugs and/or devices. Gathers research results for evaluation to determine the efficacy of certain drugs, devices and/or test procedures. Analyzes the patient’s condition and effectiveness of the particular protocol to determine other intervening factors in accounting for certain results. Provides educational training to other staff members to ensure that all medical personnel treating participating patients are accurately trained in the research protocols. Coordinates with referring physicians to provide information regarding available research projects and to maintain a strong referral basis. Performs other patient care duties to include responding to emergency situations, answering questions, and following through with the patient to determine possible side effects of certain drugs and/or devices. Maintains investigational logs and records of drugs administered, medical devices monitored, and procedures followed. Prepares reports for companies and regulatory agencies. May assists in coordinating and initiating details of research projects including developing research protocols, evaluating and writing research results, obtaining and studying data from participating investigators, supplying study sites with needed materials, and making site visits. Orders drugs or medical devices from outside companies and maintains records of up-to-date inventory. Maintains an adequate knowledge to operate and care for highly technical equipment.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required:

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Often: Infectious disease, oils ( there is air or skin exposure to oils or other cutting fluids ), hazards ( includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, or exposure to chemicals ).

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking, standing, sitting.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

RN license in the state of Utah plus two years related experience required. Depending on area of assignment, CCRP , ACRP - CRC , SOCRA - CCRP certification may be required. A current Basic Life Support Health Care Provider Card certification or obtain one within 6 months of employment required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

The hiring department may also prefer experience in a specific area of nursing

This position is patient-sensitive and must fulfill all associated requirements. We protect our patients, coworkers, and community by requiring all patient-sensitive employees to be immunized according to CDC standards and hospital policy. Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Utah Quality Advancement Laboratory (UQuAL) Research Nurse Liaison

Problem Statement:

The goal of the UQuAL Research Nurse Liaison is to bridge the tripartite mission of the University of Utah including providing top notch clinical care, advancing research to improve care nationally, and providing outstanding education to clinicians of the future. Improving patient care and safety is critical to the University of Utah’s mission. However, it is challenging to clearly demonstrate success as a result of operational barriers, inconsistent communication, and difficulty measuring clear outcomes. Lacking processes to coordinate quality improvement work can lead to stagnant projects, ongoing projects with no clear return on investment, and staff member disengagement. Furthermore, most external grant submissions require pilot data, yet the infrastructure for hospital-generated pilot data is often lacking. This role will work to address those barriers by bringing together the clinical, quality, and research missions.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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