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:
- Previous experience as a AI or PI within the last 5 years
- Cone Health employee
Project Navigator Responsibilities
- Act as a guide/gatekeeper through the process.
- Introduce the NRC website.
- 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.
- Offer suggestions to IRB documents and/or NRC presentation.
- Become familiar with the NRC.
- Attend NRC meeting for project presentation.
- A strong recommendation to attend NRC meeting(s) to observe other presentations.
If you need a Project Navigator...
- Consider asking:
- A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
- A Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE).
- A member of the Nursing Research Council.
- An individual that has completed a project in the last three (3) years.
- Consult the list of Project Navigators.
- Consult the list of past projects.
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.
- Do I understand the nature of the project?
- Are there similar projects occurring here at Cone Health? Get information on current and previous projects.
- Does this project have support from Cone Health leadership?
- What is the timeframe for the project?
- Are the resources available at Cone Health to conduct the project?
- 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!
It's the goal of the NRC that you and your project are successful.