Physician Assistant and/or Nurse Practitioner | Bethesda Magazine

Physician Assistant and/or Nurse Practitioner

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Bethesda | Healthcare | Mid-level | Full-time
Date posted: 12-17-19

Program Description

Position Overview:

Within Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., the Clinical Research Directorate (CRD), various clinical support teams provide high-quality comprehensive and strategic operational support to the high-profile domestic and international clinical research initiatives of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Clinical Center (CC), National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). CRD’s support services are strategically aligned with the program’s mission to provide comprehensive, dedicated support to assist National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers in providing the highest quality of clinical research in compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines, maintaining data integrity, and protecting human subjects. For the scientific advancement of clinical research, CRD services include comprehensive clinical trials monitoring, regulatory, pharmacovigilance, protocol navigation and development, and programmatic and project management support for facilitating the conduct of 400+ Phase I, II, and III domestic and international trials on a yearly basis. These trials investigate the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of, and therapies for cancer, influenza, HIV, and other infectious diseases and viruses such as hepatitis C, tuberculosis, malaria, and Ebola virus; heart, lung, and blood diseases and conditions; parasitic infections; rheumatic and inflammatory diseases; and rare and neglected diseases. CRD’s collaborative approach to clinical research and the expertise and dedication of staff to the continuation and success of the program’s mission has contributed to improving the overall standards of public health on a global scale.

The Clinical Research Directorate (CRD) provides quality Physician Assistant and/or Nurse Practitioner clinical research services in support to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Center for Cancer Research (CCR), Office of the Clinical Director (OCD), Medical Oncology Service (MOS) for activities conducted in out-patient and in-patient clinics. Support services include various negotiable shift schedules between 4pm – 8am, Monday – Thursday, and Sundays. Work will be performed in conjunction with a multidisciplinary clinical team providing comprehensive health care to patients in a research environment.

Key Roles/Responsibilities

    • Performs assessments by obtaining comprehensive medical histories and by performing physical examinations
    • Manages patients with complex and difficult multi-system aspects
    • Orders, performs and interprets basic laboratory diagnostic/treatment tests and procedures
    • Assesses needs and/or problem areas and plans appropriate therapeutic measures
    • Distinguishes between normal and abnormal findings and determines which findings need further evaluation and/or collaboration assessment
    • Provides continuity-of-care, counsels, supports and educates patients, family members and staff on matters relating to health and research studies/protocols
    • Participates in clinical rounds and meetings/conferences related to study protocols and research
    • Prepares progress notes and dictation summary documentation
    • Maintains clinical competence in an area of specialty practice, integrating the art and science of both nursing and medicine into practice
    • Ensures compliance with applicable licensure/certification requirements, applicable healthcare standards and governmental laws and regulations as well as policies, procedures and philosophy in nature
    • Records, enters, and retrieves clinical data using a medical informatics system
    • Obtains informed consent forms
    • May provide supervision of lower level clinical staff
    • Position is located at the National Institutes of Health located in Bethesda, Maryland


Basic Qualifications

    • Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university
    • A Physician Assistant applicant must be a graduate from a physician assistant educational program, accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or its predecessors, at a college, university, or educational institution that is accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. Must have successfully completed the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination. Must be Maryland State Board eligible.
    • A Nurse Practitioner applicant must possess a degree/diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Must have active, current registration as professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Must have appropriate certification issued by the appropriate certifying body the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), or the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Nurse Practitioner. Must be Maryland State Board eligible.
    • All applicants: Eligibility includes documentation of a pending Maryland license
    • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
    • In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible nurse practitioner experience or relevant physician assistant experience
    • Knowledge of relationships between diseases, health assessment, counseling, diagnostic testing procedures, broad base clinical areas such as pathophysiology, psychosocial theory, pharmacology, and primary medical management practices
    • Ability to conduct studies according to established Good Clinical Practice (GCP) as defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and the Clinical Center’s Administrative Policies of the operational clinic
    • Working knowledge of prevention, etiology, therapies and new research developments
    • Must be able to work evening and weekend shifts
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Preferred Qualifications

    • Direct work on oncology research and/or transplantation
    • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with patients and/or health care providers
    • Completion of an oncology research or transplant training program


Job Hazards Or Requirements

    • Candidate will be working with or have the potential for exposure to infectious material(s) or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM), requiring medical clearance and immunization in accordance with protocol requirements
    • Candidate is subject to atmospheric conditions that would require the usage of a respirator, requiring a medical clearance


Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)

View all Jobs

Manager, CE Provider Services |

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Sponsorship Manager |

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Foundation Coordinator |

Montgomery College

Certification Manager |

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Production Coordinator |

Walker & Dunlop

Leading Professionals »

Sponsored Content


    Get top stories in your inbox
    Exclusive deals from area businesses
    Including a sneak peek of the next issue
    The latest, local job openings straight to your inbox

Dining Guide