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Research Nurse

A Research Nurse is a scientist who works with patients during clinical trials, recording and managing data with the intent of discovering newer, better ways to provide care.
Required Education
MSN or PhD
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Analyze data and discover new ways to help patients.
You’ll play a very important role in making new discoveries and developing new treatments that can help save peoples’ lives.
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What you’ll do


You’ll write research reports of your findings and articles for medical journals and other publications, and grant applications.


You’ll collect and analyze data and manage databases, patient care treatments, and procedures.


You’ll present your research findings at conferences and other speaking engagements.

Where you’ll work
  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Medical research organizations
  • Laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Universities
How to become a Research Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.



While it’s not required, a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) may be necessary for certain kinds of research.


You’re ready to work as a Research Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Research Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
An Occupational Health Nurse’s role is also independent.
A Military Nurse is another type of community nurse.
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