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Project Navigator

The Project Navigator works with the person doing the project, connecting them with further resources, helping to navigate organizational requirements and acts as an advisor, mentor and guide through the process.

If you are either looking to find one or have been asked to be one, read on to see the qualifications, and responsibilities of a Project Navigator.

Watch this short tutorial on who a Project Navigator is and what they do.

Project Navigator Qualifications

The Project Navigator must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Master’s Degree or above
  • Previous experience as a Principal Investigator within the last 5 years
  • Cone Health employee

Project Navigator Responsibilities

  • Be either a Co-Investigator or an Associate Investigator on Research projects.
  • Act as a guide/gatekeeper through the process.
  • Introduce the NRC website.
    • Flow diagrams.
    • FAQ page.
  • Brainstorm about the project.
  • Add scientific merit to project.
  • Work through refinement of Burning Question.
  • Consult with someone who is an expert in the content area.
  • Provide awareness of other similar work being done within the Cone Health System.
  • Help identify resources.
    • Medical Library.
    • NRC website.
  • Review and approve documents prior to submission.
    • IRB forms.
    • Presentation to NRC.
  • Become familiar with the NRC.
    • Read past minutes. (available upon request)
    • Attend a few meetings prior to Presentation.
    • Consult with a NRC member.
  • Attend NRC meeting for presentation.
    • Take notes for further refinements.
  • NRC meeting attendance.
    • Should attend for Presentation to take notes for further refinements.
    • A strong recommendation to attend a few prior to Presentation to become familiar with the NRC and the Presentation review process.

If you need a Project Navigator...

Begin by reviewing the qualifications and responsibilities of a Project Navigator. Then talk with your Department Director, a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Educator or an RN4. Explain that you are looking for someone to partner with to provide guidance and support. Have them check to see if they meet the qualifications and are aware of what the responsibilities of a Project Navigator are.

If you are a Project Navigator...

Yes, there is help for someone who has taken on the role of a Project Navigator.

If someone comes to you and asks if you would act as their Project Navigator, use these guiding questions to help you make your decision before making a commitment. 

  1. Do I understand the nature of the project?
  2. Are there similar projects occurring here at Cone Health? Get information on current and previous projects.
  3. Does this project have support from Cone Health leadership?
  4. What is the timeframe for the project?
  5. Are the resources available at Cone Health to conduct the project?
  6. Is this a school related project? If so, are the faculty/leadership support needs met?

If any questions or concerns arise as your go through the guiding questions, please contact the NRC Chair for further guidance.

Don't feel like you need to have ALL of the answers. And you WON'T be alone.

The Nursing Research Council will provide support! A Coach can be provided to assist you in meeting your Project Navigator responsibilities. Either contact a Nursing Research Council Member directly (if you know someone) or request a list of coaches.

It's the goal of the NRC that you and your project is successful.

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