Research Nurse – Allergy

University of British Columbia

Staff – Non Union

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AAPS Hourly – Nursing, Level A

Job Title
Research Nurse – Allergy

Chan Laboratory Department of Paediatrics Faculty of Medicine

Compensation Range
$35.98 – $51.83 CAD Hourly

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Posting End Date
March 24, 2023

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.

Job End Date

Apr 14, 2024

This offer is conditional upon successful completion of a Criminal Record Check.

This position is located within a health-care facility, therefore, the successful candidate will be required to provide verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by a provincial health mandate.

At UBC, we believe that attracting and sustaining a diverse workforce is key to the successful pursuit of excellence in research, innovation, and learning for all faculty, staff and students. Our commitment to employment equity helps achieve inclusion and fairness, brings rich diversity to UBC as a workplace, and creates the necessary conditions for a rewarding career. 

The incumbent must be currently registered with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC). Pediatric experience in clinical and/or research is preferred. This role will involve completing visits for food immunotherapy quality improvement studies, telephone follow-ups with study participants, data entry, study participant education (both in-person and via telephone), and study design/protocol development. Food immunotherapy has been or is being studied in various forms, including oral immunotherapy (OIT), sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT), and subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT). Food immunotherapy is a newer treatment option for patients with potentially anaphylactic food allergy that can improve quality of life.

The position requires a working relationship with other clinical and research staff in the allergy clinic at BC Children’s Hospital. The nurse will work closely with the Allergy Clinic Research Secretary. He/she accepts direction and is ultimately accountable to the Principal Investigator, Dr. Edmond Chan. This position requires close interaction with study participants.

-Obtain informed consent for study participants.
-Conduct study participant assessments during visits, including: history, physical examination, skin prick tests, and oral food challenges.
-Apply interventions (e.g. feeding small amounts of the allergenic food for treatment of food allergy), which could involve helping parents with food preparation in the allergy clinic.
-Assist with management of allergic reactions (mild reactions are common and anaphylaxis is relatively rare.)
-Educate parent/study participant on adherence to treatment, and ensure parent/study participant is up-to-date on recognizing signs/symptoms of anaphylaxis and how to treat anaphylaxis.
-Perform telephone/electronic follow-up with parents/study participants. Identify triggers or flag for adverse events (AE) by evaluating report of possible medication problems, complication of care, or other issues that may have negatively affected the study participant.
-Determine if medical care or follow up is needed for the study participant and direct them to seek medical care.
-Review and audit charts of all study participants for the presence of triggers and associated Adverse Events.
-Complete and enter data from in-person study visits and telephone follow-ups – both paper and electronic based forms.
-Review data integrity and resolve inconsistencies.
-Collaborate with research and clinical staff (nurses, technologists, secretaries, research assistants/manager, principal and co-investigators) to discuss study design, methods of improvement, and strategies for implementation. This may include collaborating with research and clinical colleagues at other sites, both inside and outside of BC, as well as parent volunteers.

Accountability and responsibility of this position is high. The consequences of errors could include: lost data, financial difficulty, compromised integrity of data/study, and compromised success of the quality improvement project.

Study related activities are assigned by the principal investigator(s). The incumbent will be provided with clear instructions as to how data should be collected and stored. The research manager will review work regularly to ensure standards have been satisfied.

– Registered Nurse with BCCNP plus a minimum of one year of nursing experience.
– Willingness to respect diverse perspectives, including perspectives in conflict with one’s own

– Demonstrates a commitment to enhancing one’s own awareness, knowledge, and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion

Pediatric clinical and research experience related to allergy preferred. Experience with infants, especially anaphylaxis situations, an asset. Recent experience in a research environment, including a good understanding of research methodology (e.g. recruitment, consent/assent, data collection, and research protocols), preferred.

-Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing.
-Ability to work independently and as an active member of a multidisciplinary team, and function as a nursing resource.
-Ability to demonstrate effective CPR techniques and anaphylaxis training including use of the epinephrine autoinjector.
-Ability to prioritize workload and meet deadlines.
-Attentive to detail, with the ability to work quickly and accurately. Superior organizational skills.
-Ability to exercise tact and discretion when handling sensitive and/or confidential matters.
-Strong analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills.
-High degree of computer literacy including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheets, and Internet resource use.

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