Autism Navigator-Clinical Practice Enhancement-Gainesville

UF Health Shands Hospital - Gainesville, FL

Serves as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) navigator for families and patients with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism. Works collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team of physicians, allied health providers, and administrative support staff to create and implement quality metrics for these patients. Organizes and facilitates multidisciplinary case conferences and clinics to assure case materials are assembled, patients scheduled and appropriate patient follow-up occurs. Assures UF Health laboratory, genetic and other relevant testing services are coordinated to deliver diagnostic information to conference and clinics.

Collaborates with other members of the patient navigator service, including administrative support staff, to assure coverage of all patient care needs. Participates in community outreach and education regarding ASD physicians. Serves as a liaison between internal/referring physicians, other members of the care team and to patients assuring that patient and family’s emotional and support needs are addressed, appropriate clinical and administrative information is communicated to patient in a timely manner, assure seamless transition of patient through the care process across the multiple departments of the UF Health system.

Assists in identifying and recruiting potentially eligible patients into relevant clinical trials and other programs aimed to reduce health care disparities and improve patient outcomes.

Incumbent is accountable to the Interim Director, Center of Excellence for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CEND) relative to clinical performance, integration with other members of the navigator service, and strategic direction.

Collaborates with neurodevelopmental disorder leaders, representing psychiatry, pediatrics, psychology, and other specialists. Generally, one physician will serve as primary liaison for organization and operation of case conferences and multidisciplinary clinics. These physician leaders provide input for performance evaluation.

Job Opening Qualifications

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
RN license with BSN is preferred; other educational backgrounds may include occupational therapy, mental health counselor, marriage and family therapy, or speech and language pathology. Minimum of two (2) years clinical experience with children in a psychiatric or pediatric setting. Neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically autism, patient experience and patient clinical management preferred.

Motor Vehicle Operator Designation:Employees in this position:
Will operate vehicles for an assigned business purpose as a “non-frequent driver”

NOTE: A frequent driver is defined as one who uses his/her personal or Shands automobile
a) at least once daily, b) at least five individual trips per week or c) drives, on average, over 150 miles per week in the performance of his/her job.

Current RN license in the State of Florida required for candidates qualifying as RN. Current BLS certification required. Relevant FL license required for candidates qualifying in an alternate clinical or counseling discipline as described in the minimum education and experience requirements.