My road in life took a while to figure out.
Studying toxicology then switching my major to chemistry broadened my initial science knowledge base to include health from a science perspective.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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


High School
Concord High School
Chemistry, General
Ashland University
Nursing and Biology
Goshen College
Oncology Certified Nurse
Oncology Nursing Socieity
Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
Association of Clinical Research Professionals


Clinical Research Coordinator

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

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

I review patients from the hospital list and discuss them with the care team at morning rounds if they potentially qualify for a clinical trial. Then, I review the outpatient clinic schedule for our outpatient trials. I teach patients about the trial, collect side effect data from consented patients, dispense medications, and attend procedures to guide randomization and use of devices. I participate in national study update meetings and review potential new trials. My day is constantly changing.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

In clinical trials research, one must possess attention to detail and protocol rules, but be able to assimilate continual change of the rules. There will always be tension between the best interests of the patient and the research, as well as ideal protocol adherence and the real world of the clinic and patients' lives. If an RN, study some toxicology research. It's a good application of science to medicine to answer the question of causality. If not medical, shadow RNs in the clinic and the MD.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Nursing and Biology
Oncology Certified Nurse
Certified Clinical Research Coordinator


The Noise I Shed

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."

Challenges I Overcame