Educational DIMENSIONAn Introduction to Institutional Review BoardsSims, Jennifer M. MSN, RN, ARNP, CCRNAuthor Information Jennifer M. Sims, MSN, RN, ARNP, CCRN, has more than 25 years of experience in critical care as a staff nurse, nurse educator, researcher, and a nurse practitioner. She also serves on the editorial board of Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Jennifer M. Sims, MSN, RN, ARNP, CCRN, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 800 Zorn Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206 ([email protected]). Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: September 2008 - Volume 27 - Issue 5 - p 223-225 doi: 10.1097/01.DCC.0000325081.78164.50 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Nurses are conducting their own research studies in many healthcare institutions. To conduct research, the researcher will need to gain approval from an institutional review board or ethics committee. This article describes the role of the institutional review board in clinical research with human subjects. As more research is conducted in critical care units by various healthcare professionals, critical care nurses must be aware of the role of the Institutional Review Board. This article presents an overview of the role of the Institutional Review Board as well as the nurse's role in working with these boards. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.