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Newsletter June 2012
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Member Highlight
Conference Announcement
Committee Updates
   Member Highlight
Liz Ness RN MS


IACRN Leadership is grateful to our membership for their unwavering commitment towards having clinical research nursing recognized as a specialty practice. We wish to thank you by highlighting a member in each newsletter. This month we would like to recognize Elizabeth (Liz) Ness RN, MS. Liz is a nurse consultant in education at the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and has been an IACRN member since 2009. Liz actively volunteers in this organization, participating in both the Education Committee and the Conference Planning Committee. Liz is "passionate about clinical research nursing and raising nurse's awareness of this unique specialty", thus her reasoning for remaining so engaged in the development of the IACRN. Click here to learn more about Liz. 

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It is hard to believe that we are approaching our 4th annual conference,"Helping Tomorrow's Patients Today". We are working diligently to bring yet another outstanding agenda to Houston Texas this year. We will have great topics including; Improvement Sciences in Clinical Research Nursing, Financial Management of Clinical Trials, Taking Abstracts to Publications, Process Improvement for Informed Consent, Pediatric Clinical Research Nursing and many topics to help you and your organization grow. Be sure to check the web site regularly for more information.


 IACRN is working hard to bring more to our members. Our new Vision "Enhancing Clinical Research Quality and Safety through Specialized Nursing Practice" paired with our Mission "to define, validate and advance clinical research nursing as a specialty practice and to support the professional development of registered nurses who directly or indirectly impact the care of clinical research participants" are driving forces for the next 5 year strategic planning.


It is through the commitment of our membership that we have been able to sustain and build this organization over these last few years. Thank you to all of you that have and continue to contribute to the growth of IACRN. Our research participants are counting on us to ensure clinical research quality and safety through specialized practice. I hope that you will take advantage of all our organization has to offer and encourage your colleagues to do the same. I look forward to meeting you all in Houston this Fall. Shaunagh Browning RN, FNP-BC



Shaunagh Browning RN, FNP-BC

Your President


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4th Annual IACRN Conference

 Helping Tomorrow's Patients Today is the theme of this years IACRN conference to be held at Omni Hotel in Houston, Texas October 17 th through October 20th.  Speaker topics highlight roles within clinical research nurse speacialty, challenges to the practice of the clinical research nurse and clinical practice topics in genetics and genomics.  There is still time to submit abstracts for podium, poster and symposium presentations.  Click here to take advantage of special early-bird registration rates.
Omni Hotel Houston

Committee Updates 


 The Scopes and Standards Committee continues to work on Clinical Research Nurse (CRN) standards of practice with related competencies. Following is the development of the Scope section. Both the Scope and Standards will be presented to the IACRN Board of Directors for review and their approval to move the document to adoption by IACRN members prior to submission to the ANA for specialty recognition.


The Education Committee announces a change in leadership.   Dana Raab, BSN, MS, RN has recently accepted the position as Chair-Elect for this committee and will assume full Chair responsibilities in January 2013. Alongside leadership changes this committee has also been evaluating learning management systems, revising the educational needs assessment for dissemination this fall and developing a third on-line educational presentation that will be free for members. Click here for free educational offerings


The Membership committee has recently initiated our first IACRN membership campaign, "Grab a Member and Go!"  This campaign runs through September 15th with a chance to win a free conference registration to our 4th Annual Conference in Houston in October.   This is a great opportunity for our membership to share our commitment to advance our nursing  specialty. Please email SuePeterson (petersos@ohsu.edu) with ideas for future membership campaigns. 

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