TRiNDS Team Spotlight: Rachel Cortner BS, BSN,RN – Senior Clinical Project Lead

TRiNDS Team Spotlight: Rachel Cortner BS,BSN,RN and Senior Clinical Project Lead

All of us at TRiNDS come to work every day committed to conducting the best quality rare disease and neuromuscular research. In recognition of National Nurses Week, May 6th – May 12th, we are highlighting Rachel Cortner, Registered Nurse and TRiNDS Senior Clinical Project Lead.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what drew you to TRiNDS/Clinical Research?:

I have been an R.N. primarily serving the pediatric population in both inpatient and outpatient settings for the past 15 years. I previously worked as a Research Nurse Coordinator for an array of specialties, including neuromuscular disease, for 5 years. I was approached by Ana Christensen, TRiNDS Strategic Solutions Director, inquiring if I would be interested in returning to the world of research. I was drawn to TRiNDS’ work culture, the presence of strong female leadership, and boutique focus on neuromuscular and rare diseases.

What does a typical day look like for you at TRiNDS?:

Each day varies. I start my day by reading emails and catching up with my team. I then review and prioritize work, setting goals for the day. My day consists of a mix of meetings with TRiNDS staff and outside organizations. If I am not in a meeting, I can be working on project management for the study I am leading, site communication, sponsor communication, or document creation/editing.

Can you tell us a bit about your journey to becoming a registered nurse?:

When I went to school, I was originally interested in becoming a Physical Therapist. After three years of working towards a Bachelor of Science degree, I decided I was more interested in the pathophysiology of the human body. I completed my B.S. and decided to attend an accelerated BSN program in Omaha, NE. During that education, I found my passion for working with pediatric patients, and the rest is history.

How do you think that your experience as a nurse has influenced your current position?/Has your experience in nursing provided you skills that you call upon in your current role?:

My past nursing positions have greatly prepared me for the role of a project manager of a clinical study. The job of an RN is to manage the care and wellbeing of patients during each shift. They collaborate with a multidisciplinary team, apply and manage patient care timelines, and adapt communication and care to fit the needs of the patient/family member/coworker/doctor/etc. An effective nurse must have problem-solving abilities and skills for early detection of risks and problems. Ultimately, nurses are the project manager of each of their patients and I call upon this experience every day in my role as Study Project Manager.

What are you most excited about for the future of your role at TRiNDS?:

TRiNDS leadership is wonderful at promoting employee training and career advancement. I’m excited to continue my journey of leading studies and becoming a certified project manager. I hope to continue to expand my involvement within the TRiNDS company itself and become an integral member of the leadership group.