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Vanessa De Pue

Vanessa De Pue

Midwest Cardiovascular Research and Education Foundation in Beacon Health System

Elkhart, IN USA

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Day In The Life

Clinical Research Coordinator

I conduct clinical trials research at a cardiovascular clinic and am the department supervisor.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Concord High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Chemistry, General

    Ashland University

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Nursing and Biology

    Goshen College

  • Certification

    Oncology Certified Nurse

    Oncology Nursing Socieity

  • Certification

    Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

    Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Clinical Research Coordinator:

Bachelor's Degree: Chemistry, General

Bachelor's Degree: BS Nursing and Biology

Certification: Oncology Certified Nurse

Certification: Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Studying toxicology then switching my major to chemistry broadened my initial science knowledge base to include health from a science perspective.

  • 2.

    Two years of volunteer service helped stave off mental burnout as I learned new skills and met people from varied walks of life—from all over the U.S. and overseas.

  • 3.

    Working for an industrial chemical company as a salaried and female employee taught me the value of negotiation, but only after I worked myself to exhaustion trying to do it all and was paid less.

  • 4.

    Being accepted to a Chemistry PhD program at Rice University in Houston was mentally stimulating, but, when a health issue caused me to re-evaluate if I push through, the focus was too narrow for me.

  • 5.

    I used the solid relationship I kept with the chemical company to return and work part time while going back to school for nursing. I needed to have a career with more variety than a PhD allowed.

  • 6.

    Completing my biology BS along with my nursing BS deepened my understanding of clinical trial science and the side effects patients experience. Took time for educational service travel = perspective.

  • 7.

    Participating in extra educational dinners gave me the opportunity to network with study professionals and collaborate regarding analysis of side effects and future research directions as an RN.

  • 8.

    3 clinical trials jobs = don't be afraid to change even after 10 yrs. 1. Manager change = trial dept was sidelined. 2. only psych + MD not . 3. Now Cardiology, a solid team and a promotion

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    You should know what you want to do and go after it. You should become a doctor instead of a nurse.

  • How I responded:

    Don't be afraid to initially pick your career by choosing classes that interest your mind. You can change it; even if you have to go back to school. Grants are key. The Strong Interest Inventory is a test that matches your interests with others who have been in their careers for 5 years or more and still like what they are doing. You can learn the skills to do whichever job fulfills your interests. As a research nurse, I am always learning, teaching, and helping people with cutting edge science.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • It takes effort to find grants and scholarships, but few jobs pay better than the money you can receive per hour that you put in filling out applications. Save your answers in a document and tweak them for each one as they ask similar questions.