Research Nursing Core (RNC)

The Center for Human Phenomic Science (CHPS) has multiple locations. The protocols cover a wide variety of research areas. The CHPS services over 1200 inpatients and over 6000 outpatients a year. Research participants range from premature infants to the elderly.

CHPS is staffed by experienced, qualified direct care clinical research nurses for inpatient, outpatient and scattersite activities. All nurses at the CHPS unit maintain the following certifications: Chemo/Biotherapy by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, ACLS and BLS by the American Heart Association, Biomedical Research and Good Clinical Practice, and Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The nurses and technicians implement a wide variety of research protocols in collaboration with principal investigators and clinical study teams. All studies require IRB and CHPS approval before CHPS services can be provided.

CHPS Start-Up Tool Kit

When planning a research study, contact Jessica Diamond ( to discuss your protocol and nursing services. All studies require IRB and CHPS approval before CHPS services can be provided.

After a CHPS protocol is approved, study teams are required to complete Beacon orders and nursing worksheets.  Submit nursing worksheets promptly as their finalization may take 3 weeks or more.  After the nursing worksheets have been approved, the study team needs to conduct a nursing in-service approximately two weeks prior to the first CHPS visit.  Participants cannot be scheduled for a CHPS visit until after the in-service is completed.

If there are changes in the procedures performed by the CHPS staff after initial approval, the nursing worksheets will need to be revised and re-approved.  If these changes are the result of a protocol modification, IRB approval must be obtained before they are initiated.

For patients to receive services, research participants must be scheduled using the CHPS Scheduler. A study cannot schedule a participant until the in-service has been given.

Study Coordinators are asked to meet study participants at the CHPS at the time of the participant's first appointment to ensure all of the participants questions are answered.

  • Blood Draw
  • Blood Sugar Check
  • Blood Transfusion (Greater than 1 hour)
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy with Sedation
  • Bullet
  • Doppler
  • EKG
  • H&P
  • Height & Weight
  • History
  • Inhaled/Intranasal Medication Administration
  • Injection (IM or SC Medication Administration)
  • Intravenous Medication Admin (> 0 min & < 30 min)
  • Intravenous Medication Admin (> 30 & < 1 hour)
  • Intravenous Medication Admin (Greater than 1 hour)
  • IV Medication Pump Start
  • IV Placement
  • Nasal/Throat Swab
  • Neurological Exam
  • Nursing Assistance (15 Minutes)
  • Ocular Medication Administration
  • Oral Medication Administration
  • Oxygen Administration
  • PICC line dressing change
  • PICC line flushing
  • Platelet Transfusion (>0 min & <30 min)
  • Platelet Transfusion (>30 min & <1 hour)
  • Port Access
  • Pregnancy Test
  • Saliva Sample
  • Stool Collection
  • T-Cell Infusion (>0 min & <30 min)
  • T-Cell Infusion (>30 min & <1 hour)
  • T-Cell Infusion (Greater than 1 hour)
  • Temperature Probe Insertion
  • Tissue Biopsy
  • Urine Catheter (Foley) Insertion
  • Urine Collection
  • Vital Signs
  • Weight

Please edit the CHPS Combined Training and Nursing Worksheet Template(s) to reflect your study's needs.

CHPS Combined Training and Nursing Worksheet Template (training document is used by the clinical study team during the inservice and is a resource for the CHPS staff; nursing worksheet dictates the study's step-by-step instruction for the CHPS nurses to follow during a visit)

CHPS Combined Training and Nursing Worksheet Template (VS & Blood only) (same as above but for visits only requiring vitals and/or blood draws)

CHPS Processing Instructions Template (edit as needed to provide step-by-step instructions for CHPS to follow for sample processing as lab manuals are not accepted)

Please complete the Research Registration Form to register a new participant in PennChart.

Research Registration Form (used by the study team to request a Medical Record Number (MRN) for a new participant)

CHPS RN Decision Tree Tool (a decision tree tool to help CHPS RNs navigate available resources when caring for participants)

Ambulatory Practice Manager On Boarding Basics for Clinical Research

CHPS Requirement for Medication Orders - EPIC/BEACON

We have worked diligently to get all new studies integrated into EPIC, in the effort to improve patient safety. We have completed the transition to electronic ordering, and now require that all Investigational Products and medication orders for all study visits on the CHPS units be entered through EPIC/BEACON treatment plans.

Beacon Training

We strongly urge that you complete the following EPIC training tutorials online via KnowledgeLink:

Beacon Process

Fill out beacon protocol request form, found on the intranet page here: Protocol Request Process.  Refer to the CHPS Beacon Treatment Plan Guidance doc, also found under the Beacon Tip Sheets, for assistance when completing the protocol request form.

Beacon Tip Sheets

Ravdin 6 NE Ordering Workflow, Training and Tipsheet

The CHPS Inpatient Unit has moved from Dulles 1 to Ravdin 6 NE. Ordering labs and medications on this unit requires a slightly different workflow. Please see below for training and tipsheet.

PennChart training for CHPS (Center for Human Phenomics Science) - Provider

PennChart training for CHPS (Center for Human Phenomics Science) - Research Coordinator

CHPS Ravdin 6 Unit Placing Orders Tip Sheet

CHPS Locations & Nursing Contacts