General description of position: Deliver interventions to study participants for the ACT Clinical Trial at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Exercise sessions are conducted at local YMCAs and retirement communities. This clinical trial examines the effects of exercise and cognitive training on cognition and hippocampal volume in community-dwelling older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment. The research study is funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health.
Assist with recruitment, screening, and evaluating potential participants; Assist with tracking enrollment progress of potential participants; Provide updates for the study website;
Coordinate training sessions with Cognitive & Physical Assessments, MRIs, Blood Draws; Assist with subject YMCA memberships; Coordinate transportation and necessary staff, including self, as needs arise; Ensure proper filing of all study-related paperwork and electronic documents; Ensure timely and accurate entry of study data into the study databases such as REDCap to ensure timely and efficient retrieval of data for reports, tracking, decision-making, grant writing; Provide timely communications to PI, staff, and community partners
Schedule study sessions; Provide individualized interventions to study subjects to ensure subject safety; Monitor and assess participant’s activity responses and adjust accordingly; Manage the flow of study sessions to ensure meeting the target goals of completing participant training; Identify, assess and report adverse events timely to PI and IRB; Coordinate care in case of emergency and follow up; Communicate with the study teams; Assist exercise testing; Maintain relationships with all study sites; Meticulously document all aspects of activity delivery
All required qualificatons must be documented on application materials.
BA/BS degree in clinical health sciences such as exercise science, kinesiology, nursing, or related field with at least 2 years of experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal 6 years .
Excellent organizational and coordinating skills with attention to detail
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Strong people skills for working with teams
Ability to work independently, multitask, establish priorities, and problem-solve in real-time
CPR certified or ability to become certified prior to hire
Prior clinical experience working with older adults with cognitive impairment and dementia or experience working in a research environment
Certified personal trainer by a national certification body such as the American College of Sports Medicine
Proficiency with computer skills such as word processing and spreadsheet programs (ex. Microsoft Office), along with REDCap
Prior research experience including clinical trials research involving direct patient contact, recruitment, scheduling study visits, and delivering treatments to subjects
Internal Number: 330831
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