We seek a Research Nurse to attend MRI scanning sessions of infants under one year old. Your main roles will be: assisting with the care of the infant during the scan; communicating with parents regarding the scanning process; and answering/referring questions parents may have.
The scanning sessions will support a project to develop assessments of the brain using neuroimaging. At present, it is difficult to predict what the consequences of early brain abnormalities will be, and many infants with brain injury develop without any symptoms, while others have cognitive or behavioural challenges later in life. Our project aims to develop new assessments of brain functioning and development using neuroimaging with fMRI.
Some infants will be NICU graduates with a history of brain injury, and others will be matched controls recruited from the maternity ward. During the scanning sessions you will assist in identifying situations where the infant needs attention, and in the event of an unexpected emergency, when medical assistance should be called.
It is our goal to have approximately two three hour slots per week at a regular time, with some or all in the evening or at the weekend. However, some flexibility (to allow for MRI scanner and patient availability) would be helpful, and this schedule may need to be adjusted depending on recruitment success.
The postholder will join a multidisciplinary team of scientists at Western’s Brain and Mind Institute, and physicians and staff at London Health Sciences Centre. Scanning will take place at the state-of-the-art facilities at the Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping at the Robarts Research Institute.
Rate of Pay: $40/hour
Hours of Work: Estimated at 6 hours/week
Start date: Jan 2014
- Current Certificate of Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario
- Current Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers course: BLS-HCP(C)
- ENC (C), ACLS, TNCC, and PALS certification preferred
- Monitoring experience (i.e. saturation, ECG)
- Well-developed patient assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation skills
- Thorough understanding and commitment to Patient and Family Centred Care principles and ability to use in practice
- Ability to understand the feelings, concerns and needs of other people, demonstrate care and interest towards them and establish and maintain productive relationships
- Ability to demonstrate an optimistic disposition toward new experiences and change in general
- Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to patient and staff safety
- Demonstrated ability to attend work on a regular basis
- Basic understanding of MRI safety
- Research experience preferred
To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Rhodri Cusack at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will begin considering applications on Dec 3.