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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 285M
Category: Health Care


Coordinate and supervise the performance of clinical, epidemiological or community health research programs.

Distinguishing Characteristics

With delegated authority, interview and recommend selection of applicants, train new employees, assign and schedule work, act upon leave requests, conduct annual performance evaluations and recommend disciplinary action. Supervise Registered Nurse - Research personnel and/or para-medical personnel such as paramedics, social workers or physical therapists and coordinate the development and implementation of clinical, epidemiological or community oriented research programs. Assist in the analysis and interpretation of research results.

Typical Work

Collaborate with principal investigator, and assist in designing protocol of research studies; examine proposals to determine methodologies best suited to research objectives;

Establish the methodology for carrying out the field aspects of specific research projects;

Consult with inpatient and outpatient care providers to integrate participation in research studies with clinical treatment;

Direct record keeping and data collection; ensure quality control of research data;

Edit and write reports of research; prepare and present oral reports;

Establish and maintain continuing education program for research staff, clinical staff and/or community groups;

May monitor and assist with preparation of budgets;

May assist in writing grant proposals;

Perform duties of Registered Nurse 2 –- Research;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Washington.

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in nursing or a relevant field


three years of experience as a registered nurse including one year experience at the Registered Nurse 2 - Research level.

Class Specification History

New Class: 10-22-90
Revised new class code: (formerly 6212) effective July 1, 2007

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.