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 research nurses for inpatient and outpatient activities. All nurses at the PCAM site are chemo/biotherapy certified by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. They are also ACLS and BLS certified. The nurses and technicians support a wide variety of research protocols. All studies require IRB and CHPS approval before CHPS services can be provided.

CHPS Start-Up Tool Kit

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

Nursing procedures and sample collection are performed Monday through Friday 7 AM to 7 PM at the PCAM 4th Floor and Monday through Friday 7 AM to 3 PM at Presbyterian. Off-hour and/or weekend requests should be discussed with the Nurse Manager and are dependent on demand and staff availability.

After a protocol is approved, study teams are asked to complete Beacon orders, nursing worksheets (need 3 weeks prior to in-service), and conduct a nursing inservice at least 2 weeks prior to registering and scheduling subjects. Any changes in procedures and processes to be followed by CHPS staff must be documented in writing and be approved by the IRB if the protocol and/or consent have been revised.

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 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 medication orders for all study visits on the CHPS unit be entered through EPIC/BEACON treatment plans.

Research Ordering and Build Requests

CHPS now requires the use of Beacon for all Investigational Products and medications administered by CHPS Staff regardless of the location.

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 training
    • All clinical research nurses in Oncology (and coordinators who will be building treatment plans) should take PennChart Treatment Plans (Beacon) for Oncology Providers and PennChart Treatment Plans (Beacon) for Infusion Nurses (these are in class training sessions)
    • For Non-Oncology research coordinators, nurses and providers, please take online training titled: PennChart Treatment Plans (Beacon) for Non-Oncology Providers
    • Request Process for Research Beacon Protocol and Medication Build in PennChart

Beacon Training

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

Beacon Tip Sheets

CHPS Locations & Nursing Contacts