Document Type

DNP Project


School of Nursing

Date of Degree

Spring 2023


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Primary Advisor

Karen J. Whitt, PhD, APRN, FNP-C, AGN-BC, FAANP; Meghan Licata, PhD, RN, ONP


Oncology Clinical Trial Nurse (CTN); Role Comprehension; Training Evaluation Project


Background: The oncology Clinical Trial Nurse (CTN) plays a significant role in conducting clinical trials; however, the role comes with many challenges. These difficulties are related to the expanding landscape, advances in cancer research, complex trial designs, and the lack of role definition leading to role confusion and limited role comprehension.

Aims/Objectives: The project’s purpose was to develop a training program specific to complex clinical trial design, cancer disease overview and the oncology clinical trial nurse role. The aim focuses on the evaluation of the program by clinical trial research leaders.

Methods: A non-probability convenience snowball sampling method was used to recruit 20 participants. Participants were provided with the virtual training program, which included audio recorded PowerPoint slide decks for review, followed by an evaluation survey. The questions for the survey were obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document, Measuring Implementation to Impact: A Guide to Evaluating Professional Development. The training evaluation questions evaluated the overall training quality as ranked by the participants on a 5-point Likert scale.

Results: The surveys were analyzed to compare mean and mode values and showed rankings from 3.85 to 4.6, based on a 1.0 to 5.0 ranking scale (where 1 = low, 5 =high). The mode value for each question was ranked at a 4 or 5.

Conclusions: The high ratings of the CTN training program support the value and need for this training. The virtual training can be easily shared and has the possibility of making a positive impact on clarifying the role of the CTN. Additionally, the training can be adjusted to support CTNs who work in other disease areas.

Open Access


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Nursing Commons



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