The Nephrology Clinical Research Nurse Role: Potential Role Conflicts

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Clinical research nursing is becoming more visible to nephrology professionals. As more nephrology practices and units are participating in clinical trials, clinical research nursing is gaining interest as a career niche among nephrology nurses. This unique specialty requires that nephrology clinical nurse nurses (CRNs) reconcile the roles of nurse as caregiver and nurse as researcher, which may result in a role conflict. Nephrology nurses should be aware that they may experience this role conflict when transitioning from patient care to a position as a clinical research nurse. These nurses can rely on the American Nurses Association'sCode of Ethics for Nursesand the Oncology Nursing Society'sOncology Clinical Trials Nurse Competenciesto help reconcile the potential role conflict.

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