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Newsletter May 2022




Become a member of IACRN and the Boston-New England Chapter! 


Chapter dues only $25/year. 

Pay online! Annual and subscription now available

CRN Certification

Research Nurse Certification- Portfolio Workshop


Register now for our events!

Our June Chapter meeting is fast approaching and will be held the evening of June 2nd. We will have a Chapter update followed by a presentation:  Oncology Pharmacogenomics and the Evolving Landscape of Targeted Therapies. We are fortunate to have been selected by the national organization of IACRN to co-sponsor this program which opens it up to our colleagues across the country and internationally. Details of how to register for the meeting and event will be available on our website soon.

It is a great time to get involved in the Chapter or greater organization. Your involvement can help towards building your portfolio for Certification, but equally important is the opportunity to connect with colleagues across the New England area. There are plenty of opportunities, for example, assisting with our Education Committee. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you would like to get more involved in the Chapter or if you have any questions or suggestions. You can find me at

Best wishes,

Ann Connor

Interested in Research Nurse Certification? Join us for this excellent workshop exploring portfolio construction and hearing from those that have succeeded.

Upcoming Portfolio Deadlines


Tip of the Month! 

If you authored an SOP or policy 

for your unit, department or hospital, 

you can use this towards certification! Each SOP/policy is worth 2 points!

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President's Message

Happy spring! I hope that you are all enjoying the tease of a few warm and sunny days as we leave the winter behind. I hope that many of you were able to participate in our March meeting regarding diversity, equity and inclusion in clinical research that was co-sponsored by the Mass General Research Nurse Collaborative. There was a lot of great information shared by our panelists. If you weren’t able to make it, we are working on getting the recording to post on the website for our members to view.

As I mentioned in the prior newsletter, we are all excited about the new Certification process. As a way to support our members, we are planning a session on May 19th at 4 PM to walk through the Clinical Research Nursing Certification Council's (CRNCC) website: and to have some of our members share their experience with the process. I have started to pull together the necessary information for my portfolio, so am personally looking forward to this meeting to provide me some motivation, guidance and support. If you have not had the chance to register, you can do so through the website here: .

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Oncology Pharmacogenomics and the Evolving Landscape of Targeted Therapies


Presented by:

Jennifer Espiritu, PharmD, BCOP

Clinical Research Pharmacist

Center for Cancer Therapeutic Innovation


IACRN will be providing their members FREE contact hours, non-IACRN members can purchase contact hours for $10.

Member Spotlight:

Mallory Hillard MSN, NP, AGPCNP-BC

What is your role? 

Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner  


What is your favorite part of your job? 

While there are many parts of my job that I love, my favorite part is my team and our research participants. I feel really privileged to work with an interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, and research professionals on clinical trials that aim to advance diabetes technology and have the potential to improve the care and quality of life for patients living with diabetes. 


What do you find to be most challenging? 

As a clinical research nurse practitioner, I wear many hats on my team. It requires a lot of flexibility, resourcefulness, attention to detail and the ability to adapt quickly. Clinical research nurses and nurse practitioners are responsible for providing quality care for participants and maintaining patient safety. They are also tasked with ensuring compliance with the research protocol, required regulations and often responsible for study coordination and maintaining the workflow of the study team.   


What has been your most memorable study you have worked on to date? 

All the studies I have worked on over the years have shaped my career in research and provided me with invaluable experience. However, most of my career in research has centered on clinical trials of closed loop automated insulin delivery using a bionic pancreas for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. Improving treatment, technology, and overall quality of life for patients and families living with type 1 diabetes is very important to me. I feel incredibly lucky to do this job every day.  


How do you like to spend your time when you’re not at work? 

When I am not working, I like to spend my time with my family and friends. I enjoy the outdoors as well as creative outlets such as painting, drawing, and cooking.  

Get Involved

Volunteer for an IACRN committee!

Chapter Governance Committee

Conference Planning Committee

1st Friday monthly at 10:30 am

Education Committee
3rd Wednesday monthly at
3:00 pm

Membership, Marketing and Communications

Partnership Committee

Research Committee

Save the Date




June Chapter Meeting 



Certification Portfolio Deadline 



Annual IACRN Conference – Atlanta, GA



November Chapter Meeting 

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