The Clinical Research Nurse: Exemplars of Professional Performance Standards and Competencies
Complion On-Demand Webinar
Presented by: Mary Jane Williams, DNP, MPH, RN, NE-BC and Tamara Kempken Mehring, MSN, RN, CCRC
CRNs will recognize how Standards 7, 9, 10, 11 of Professional Performance and their associated competencies guide identification of the valuable contributions CRNs make to the research enterprise.
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About the Presenters
Mary Jane Williams, DNP, MPH, RN, NE-BC
Dr. Williams manages the University of Wisconsin’s Clinical Research Unit (CRU) located within the university’s acidemic medical center. In her leadership role, Dr. Williams has administrative responsibilities for a diverse portfolio of Phase I and II clinical trials, in addition to federally funded and investigator initiated research.
She currently serves on the UW’s Human Subjects IRB. She has taught undergraduate Research and Evidence Based Practice at the UW School of Nursing. Dr. Williams is a founding member of the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses IIACRN) with a purpose to “…to support the professional development of registered nurses who directly or indirectly impact the care of clinical research participants across all clinical specialities”.
Tamara Kempken Mehring, MSN, RN, CCRC
Tamara has over 21 years of nursing and clinical research experience. She earned her BSN from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Masters in Nursing Education from Edgewood College in Madison, WI. Tamara has worked as a Clinical Research Nurse in several capacities; clinical research coordinator, staff nurse, Care Team Leader, and is currently the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) on the Clinical Research Unit (UW-CRU) at University hospital in Madison, WI.
Tamara draws on her knowledge of clinical research along with her various CRN experiences in her current role as the UW-CRU CNS. In this role Tamara leads the CRU Protocol Implementation team to operationalize research protocols on the UW-CRU. She is a resource for staff RNs on the CRU and the interdisciplinary research teams. Tamara enjoys her role in new CRN orientation and onboarding, competency demonstration for new and experience CRU staff, and the variety her role allows. Tamara has been a member of IACRN since 2010 serving on the Scope and standards committee and the Education Committee.