Clinical Research Services Unit and Nursing

The VCU Clinical Research Services Unit (CRSU) is a Joint Commission-approved facility in VCU Health's North Hospital (8th Floor).

Our nursing staff have experience caring for a wide variety of diseases and populations, including newborns through geriatrics, ambulatory and acute care. All nurses have been trained in Basic Life Support and are certified chemotherapy providers through the Oncology Nursing Society/Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, and are CITI and GCP trained. Many are certified as Clinical Research Professionals through the Society of Clinical Research Associates.

This unit features:

  • 11 inpatient research beds,
  • Outpatient exam rooms,
  • Rooms for specialized testing
  • Phlebotomy
  • Medication administration
  • Infusion room
  • Patient education
  • Metabolic Chamber
  • Ultrasound/Echocardiogram equipment
  • Fibroscan equipment
  • Exercise stress test equipment
  • Quiet places for completing questionnaires or interviews

The CRSU cares for patients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics, and is equipped with telemetry. We are open Monday through Friday for business day visits, but can accommodate evening or weekend studies upon request.

The CRSU is approved for use for Phase I through IV studies. It has been designated as a Phase I and II approved site by the Western IRB, eliminating the need for a site-specific review.

Nursing Services

CRS Nursing staff specializes in caring for patients in research protocols and offers in-depth knowledge of conducting clinical research. We offer 24-hour staffing (on the CRSU or at another site), with expertise in a wide variety of diseases and populations, including newborns, geriatrics, ambulatory care, and acute care. For acute medical emergencies, all nurses have been trained in emergency resuscitation and life-sustaining techniques. Our nurses are skilled in a wide variety of services, including phlebotomy, I.V. therapy, chemotherapy, and telemetry monitoring. Many are certified as Clinical Research Professionals through the Society of Clinical Research Associates, and all are trained in GCP and CITI.

CRS nurses are trained in the care of research participants, with an emphasis on the importance of following each protocol and completing appropriate study documentation. They are active in both research educational activities and general VCU Health nursing activities, such as the VCU Health Nursing Research Council.

To tour the unit and further explore how we can support your clinical research, contact Joelle Lemmons, MSN, RN, Nurse Manager at (804) 828-9229 or email joelle.lemmons@vcuhealth.org.

To request use of the CRSU or nursing services, please use this form