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Local Oncology Nurses Train to Improve Participation in Clinical Trials
Original Release Date: October 22, 2013

KEARNEY - Clinical research trials are the backbone of scientific advances against cancer. Participation by local community hospital cancer programs is limited due to lack of research infrastructure and research-trained nurses to work on the trials.

Rita Kaul, RN, BSN, OCN, CCRP and Michaela Sherbeck, RN, BSN, OCN, CCRP, clinical research nurses from the Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney recently attended a comprehensive two-day course for professional nurses and cancer program administrators from community cancer centers to improve access to clinical trials within their settings. Three major medical centers, The University of Pennsylvania, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center received a five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to conduct this course.

Kaul and Sherbeck were two of just 50 competitively-selected nurse/administrator teams from community cancer centers across the United States to attend this course. The principal goal of the course is to provide hands-on training in fundamental aspects of clinical research so that they can implement or augment cancer clinical trials within their institutions and increase their knowledge, skills and growth of clinical research activities including screening, accrual, and maintenance of patients on cancer clinical trials.

The course was conducted by a distinguished faculty of researchers, educators, authors, and leaders in the field of clinical trials.