Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)




Nurses have been identified as having the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct and lead research studies. An educational foundation in research regulations, study management, and patient interactions would enable a registered nurse (RN) study coordinator to represent the nursing profession well through skills acquired to perform the job with efficiency and confidence. The purpose of this project is to create an educational module that highlights the importance of defining the role of the RN study coordinator and provides foundational research knowledge to assist with the transition into the role within a Thoracic Surgery Clinical Research Unit. A literature review was conducted to explore the role and education on RN study coordinators. The education module uses Margaret Newman's Theory Health as Expanding Consciousness and Malcolm Knowles Andragogy to guide the education and activities. The concepts of relationship, awareness, and leadership support the education module. In addition to the education module, a checklist and evaluation tools were developed to aid in the RN study coordinator's learning. The creation of the education module brought to light challenges with creating standardized education. The future applications of the education module are explored.


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Nursing Commons