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Research Nursing

The research nursing team, with adult and pediatric experience, is assigned exclusively to the CRC unit for inpatient and outpatient services. Ann Miller, RN, MS, CCRC is the Nurse Manager. Our nurses have many years of research experience and have certification in Greater Than Minimal Risk Biomedical Research and CITI Good Clinical Practice-Stage 1 GCP. For nursing assistance (including off-site nursing) and patient scheduling, please contact the unit at (585) 275-2907. CRC nurses are invaluable for their flexibility in meeting your research needs, attention to clinical care and overall technical support.

Key Personnel

Nurse ManagerAnnie

Ann Miller, R.N., M.S., CCRC served as CRC Nurse Leader from 1997-2016, and became Nurse Manager in March 2016. Ann has over 30 years of nursing experience in acute adult medicine and adult and pediatric research at URMC. She oversees the nursing staff with regard to safe patient care delivery and research protocol compliance. Ann is a member of the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses (IACRN) and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). Ann reports to the CRC Program Director and Clinical Chief of Adult Nursing Practice, and works closely with the University of Rochester Clinical & Translational Science Institute’s (UR CTSI) Chief of Staff.
Phone: (585) 275-2907

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Services Provided

Nancy and JoEllenIn addition to the competency-based standards of Nursing Practice, the following are provided by the Clinical Research Center nursing staff:

  • Nursing staff with a variety of backgrounds including medical, surgical, and pediatric experience
  • Orientation with investigators for protocol design, technique, and initiation
  • 24-hour nursing coverage for all research protocols including inpatient and outpatient services for adult and pediatric subjects
  • Private examination rooms to promote confidentiality
  • Private hospital-styled rooms, with a shared bathroom, for overnight studies
  • Blood sampling via venipuncture, peripheral IV access, or IVAD access
  • Insertion and maintenance of peripheral IV access
  • CRC Nurses StationAdministration of study medication, including IV infusion (via Alaris pump) or subcutaneous injection
  • Subcutaneous injection teaching with the research subject or designee
  • Resting 12 lead ECGs (via Phillips Page Writer)
  • Application of 24- or 48-hour holter monitor
  • Cardiac telemetry on unit
  • Adult and Pediatric Emergency equipment/AED/O2
  • Anthropometric measurements
  • CRC Inpatient RoomManual or automatic (Dynamap) blood pressure measurements
  • Serial blood sampling setups (i.e., tubes, labels, transfer tubes, and flow sheets)
  • OGTT, and FSIVGTT procedures
  • Precise collection of samples including 24-hour urine and serial blood/urine samples (pharmacokinetics)
  • Biosafety Level II lab/specimen processing (cold centrifuge)
  • -20 and -80 freezer for temporary sample storage
  • Assistance for biopsies (muscle, fat, and skin)
  • Basal metabolic rate determinations
  • Hologic Bone DensitometerIn collaboration with the Department of Imaging Sciences, infant, pediatric, and adult DXA scans can be performed on a Hologic Bone Densitometer.

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Useful Links

NIH Funding Acknowledgement: ** Important ** All publications resulting from the utilization of the UR CTSI resources are required to credit the CTSA grant by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.

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