RESOURCE BOTTLENECK

A Joker for bridging times of tight staffing.

 

A clinic in Berlin, Department of Vascular Medicine. The team is experienced: studies are part of everyday life here. Interventional as well as observational studies on a national or international level are carried out. The chief physician has been working with a permanent Study Nurse for several years. Technically perfect conditions, the Camovis team realizes looking back on the mission …

The clinic had played the joker. The card with the wide yellow border and the radiant joker in the Camovis colors was designed by the company to attract the attention of sites that otherwise work with their own nurses. A personal backup, so to speak, before the success of a study begins to waver: if human resources become scarce, a Flying Study Nurse from Camovis steps in – exactly where it gets tight now.

As was the case in Berlin. The Camovis team was to accompany the study 18 hours a week in order to close the forming gap. The employed nurse was on parental leave, but after four months her replacement had decided to take a different career path. A new one had not yet been found – and when the telephone rang at Camovis in Charlottenburg, there was not even one week left until the position became vacant.

30 patients, a chaotic data situation and a doctor with little time were awaiting the Flying Study Nurse on day one of the project. The interventional study focused on a drug which, in addition to treatment with aspirin, is intended to alleviate circulatory disorders in the extremities. One group of patients was given the drug, the other a placebo. It was necessary to work by way of consultation and to document exactly how the health situation of the volunteers was affected after taking the drug.

The Camovis employee was responsible for the entire study back office after three days of training. In addition, the mammoth task of accomplishing data cleansing: The frequent personnel changes in the study nurse position had resulted in a data situation that was anything but consistent. 18 hours per week turned into 45 hours – over a period of almost 6 months until the handover to the hospital’s new Study Nurse could finally be made.

Satisfied faces reward the assignment of a Flying Study Nurse. On both sides: the patients’ and the site’s. Not only that the Joker had done exactly what he had promised: The study continued successfully. Camovis had also made an offensive financial contribution. The higher volume of Flying Study Nurse employment resulted in a new offer in which he benefited from a lower hourly rate.