Qualified individual with well-developed skills in Oncology research, nursing, quality improvement and successful training/onboarding of new team members. Dedicated employee with a strong commitment to promoting the organization and driving positive change.
Provided strong leadership in support of the Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) Clinical Trials Office (CTO) of two large teams including Research Nurses (15) and Clinical Research Study Coordinators (65). As an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center, this role was invaluable to the successful execution of our statewide Oncology research program which has resulted in increased accruals, standardization of workflows and overall improvement in quality and efficiencies.
Joined the CTO Director in the development of a new KCI CTO infrastructure, resulting from an NCI mandate to centralize all Oncology research efforts. Developed key roles/responsibilities, job descriptions and our robust orientation training program. These efforts were extremely successful and resulted in high (Outstanding to Exceptional) Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) renewal scores for the KCI CTO.
Provided research support for all Radiation Oncology clinical trial activities. Functioned in a hybrid role which included responsibilities of a Research Nurse, Study and Regulatory Coordinator. Maintained all protocol regulatory compliance requirements, patient screening/eligibility, sponsor registrations, data extraction and Case Report Form (CRF) completion. Primary support to the Principal Investigator in efforts toward increased accrual and quality of documentation and protocol compliance.
Staff Nurse on a busy inpatient unit caring for Head & Neck surgical/oncology patients. Managed a large work assignment of complicated post-operative patients challenged with communication barriers secondary to their cancer diagnosis/treatment.
Promoted to Clinical Nurse Preceptor (1992) which included onboarding and training of all new inpatient staff RN's.
Quality Assurance Unit Coordinator (1992)- Developed, implemented and presented a hospital standard for "The Advancement of Tube Feedings in the Post-Oerative Head and Neck Cancer Patients" (Great Lakes cancer Nursing Conference)
Other Experience and Professional Memberships
9th Annual AACI Clinical Research Inititiatve Abstract/Oral Presentation: "Implementing a Researdh Nurse Model for the Clinical Trials Office." (2017)
11th Annual AACI Clinical Research Initiative Abstract; "The Elephant in the Room- Onboarding of New Staff in an Evolving Research Landscape Plagued by Turnover" (2019)
13th Annual AACI Clinical Research Initiative Abstract (submitted); "Patient discontinuation of Research Participation" (2021)
CTEP/CTSU Data Administrator/Lead CRA for Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer Institute (2013- 2019)
Ongoing Research Support- P30 CA022453 (Bepler); NIH/NCI Cancer Center Support Grant (2008-2021)
Member, Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA); 2008- Present
Phase I Clinical Trials Restructure Project Lead (2018-2021)
Key Leader in the development/implementation of CTO/KCI research program Work From Home (WFH) during COVID 19 shutdown, staff furlough process and reopening of research services (2020-2021)
Remote Monitoring policy/workflow development and adoption of the Veeva SiteVault system as supplement for off-site monitoring/auditing (2020-2021)
Leader in development and process improvement initiative in support of our statewide research program (Research Nurse model) and Central Data Management (CDM) (2013- 2021)
Heroes of Breast Cancer" Award, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI- 2006
Award of Outstanding Service in Support of Clinical Trials, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI- 2008
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