Nurses Play Crucial Role on Research Team

Clinical trial nurses at St. Francis Cancer Center work with patients throughout the clinical trial process. It starts with their first visit.

“Half of our patients are newly diagnosed, so they are scared,” said Jennifer Scott, RN, BSN. “We help them understand all of their treatment options – not just clinical trials.”

Those facing a difficult diagnosis want options.

“Clinical trials can open up a lot of possibilities that aren’t available just with the standard of care,” said Sarah Einspahr, RN, BSN.

Their message to patients: With the modern-day clinical trials, study participants are no longer experimental subjects. Clinical trials are very safe, conducted ethically and have far-reaching benefits.

“The standard treatments we have now are only because of those in clinical trials before you,” Einspahr said.