Results of an Oncology Clinical Trial Nurse Role Delineation Study

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To evaluate the relevance of a five-dimensional model of clinical trial nursing practice in an oncology clinical trial nurse population.


Web-based cross-sectional survey.


Online via Qualtrics.


167 oncology nurses throughout the United States, including 41 study coordinators, 35 direct care providers, and 91 dual-role nurses who provide direct patient care and trial coordination.


Principal components analysis was used to determine the dimensions of oncology clinical trial nursing practice.

Main Research Variables:

Self-reported frequency of 59 activities.


The results did not support the original five-dimensional model of nursing care but revealed a more multidimensional model.


An analysis of frequency data revealed an eight-dimensional model of oncology research nursing, including care, manage study, expert, lead, prepare, data, advance science, and ethics.

Implications for Nursing:

This evidence-based model expands understanding of the multidimensional roles of oncology nurses caring for patients with cancer enrolled in clinical trials.

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