Careers in Nursing Research
SickKids is proud to support a variety of nursing research roles, as well as opportunities for nursing research role development. Follow the links below to learn more about the different nursing research roles that exist at SickKids:
Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator (CRNC)
Clinical Research Nurse Specialist (CRNS)
Nursing Research Central Coordinator
Advanced Practice Nurse (Research Domain of Practice)
Nursing Research Associate
Nurse Clinician Scientist
- Work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary, family-centred, team environment to coordinate and facilitate clinical research studies developed by Principal Investigators.
- Possess a range of nursing knowledge and skills that are applicable to clinical therapeutic research involving children and/or their families.
- Incorporate the nursing process into the research domain of practice by assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating various aspects of the research study pertaining to the study participants, the study protocol, and research administration and budgetary matters.
- Are accountable for the delivery of safe and ethical care to research participants at every stage of the research process, including participant recruitment (e.g. obtaining voluntary and informed consent), implementing and evaluating the study protocol (e.g. overseeing the delivery of, and response to, study interventions).
- Adhere to the code of ethics and standards of their profession; institutional standards, policies and procedures; as well as research regulatory standards and guidelines (e.g. Tri-Council Policy Statement and Good Clinical Practice Guidelines).
- The Clinical Research Nurse Specialist (CRNS) integrates advanced knowledge and skills in clinical research coordination with in-depth nursing knowledge and clinical expertise related to the paediatric study population to plan, manage and evaluate, in collaboration with the Principal Investigator (PI), the overall research program and team.
- The CRNS takes a nursing, scientific and institutional/organizational perspective in relation to the day-to-day operations and long-term planning of large/complex studies – e.g. multi-centre clinical studies and team grants – as well as the development of new research projects.
- Within the role components of practice, research, education and leadership, the CRNS enacts clinical, research, collaboration, leadership and change agent competencies of advanced nursing practice to ensure the highest standards of paediatric clinical research, advance paediatric clinical practice and the health of children and families.
Nursing Research Central Coordinators work under the direction of the Associate Chief of Nursing, Research and in collaboration with the Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research and the Research Institute. Responsibilities of the Nursing Research Central Coordinators include:
- Enhancing the critical appraisal and research skills of nurses at SickKids through the development of various educational and mentorship opportunities.
- Advancing nursing research roles and infrastructure at SickKids.
- Coordinating various research initiatives associated with the Associate Chief of Nursing, Research.
The Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) role at SickKids includes the work done by Clinical Nurse Specialists and those in blended Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner roles. The research component of the APN role involves utilizing and developing research that enhances the quality of care provided to children and their families. For example, APN(s):
- Critically appraise research and utilize current evidence related to best practices, in order to deliver innovative and leading-edge paediatric health care
- Conduct their own research studies:
- develop research questions derived from their clinical practice
- design research proposals and implement their research studies
- disseminate their research findings through presentations and publications
- translate their research findings into new clinical practices or policies
View the Advanced Practice Nursing website at SickKids to learn more about the full scope of the role at the Hospital, as well as other related information.
Reporting to the Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research and the Associate Chief of Nursing, Research, the Nursing Research Associate:
- Provides leadership in managing a program of research (consisting of multiple funded studies) for the Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research.
- Provides leadership and promotes excellence in nursing research in managing the various research initiatives of the Associate Chief of Nursing, Research.
- Applies in-depth knowledge of research (e.g. research design, methodology, implementation, and analysis), as well as advanced critical appraisal skills, towards evaluating nursing practice at SickKids and promoting the translation of research evidence into nursing practice at the hospital.
As an experienced paediatric nurse, and specialist in research design and methods, the Nurse Clinician Scientist at SickKids:
- Is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating a program of clinically-based research and disseminating the findings.
- Supports and promotes research initiatives at the hospital, both within nursing and the multidisciplinary research environment.
- Works collaboratively with the Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research, the Associate Chief of Nursing, Research, the Research Institute and the Child Health Services program,
- Maintains partnerships with the Faculty of Nursing, at the University of Toronto and with other community affiliates,