Patient Navigator, Pediatrics - Patient Care
University of Texas M.D. Anderson
 Houston, TX

Patient Navigator opportunity in Pediatrics - Patient Care

The Patient Navigator role will coordinate care for AYA patients across the MD Anderson Cancer Network® and beyond— including recruiting new patients, serving as a central contact for caregivers and outside providers, creating education resources, assisting patients with adherence to treatment plans and leading quality improvement initiatives to optimize outcomes. Because some of our support programming is housed within centers and departments across campus, the nurse navigator can help our patients coordinate between these appointments. The navigator also provides access to community resources, links patients to support services and helps to facilitate and communicate matters related to financial clearance.

MISSION STATEMENT – Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) PROGRAM

The mission statement of the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program at MD Anderson is to improve the patient experience, quality of life, and long-term survival for AYAs diagnosed with cancer by providing age-appropriate psychosocial and supportive care services from professionals with AYA expertise in a dedicated program.

Ideal candidate must have an BSN, TX RN license, BLS or CPR and three years of clinical nursing experience to include at least one year oncology nursing or case management experience.

Patient assessment Assesses patient needs upon initial encounter and periodically throughout navigation, matching unmet needs with appropriate AYA services, support services (including social work, fertility, genetic counseling, vocational counseling, dieticians, providers, financial services, etc.)

Identify barriers Identifies potential and realized barriers to care (e.g., transportation, childcare, elder care, housing, language, culture, literacy, role disparity, psychosocial, employment, financial, insurance) and facilitates referrals as appropriate to mitigate barriers.

Serve as a resource Serves as a clinical resource for complex and/or highly specialized patient care situations to patient care providers and other health care professionals within the hospital and in the community. Demonstrates highly developed assessment, clinical, documentation, and analytical skills; integrates and contributes to professional practice standards, policies, procedures, protocols.

Facilitates scheduling Facilitates timely scheduling of appointments, diagnostic testing, and procedures to expedite the plan of care and to promote continuity of care.

Patient and caregiver education Educates the patient and caregiver on disease-specific guidelines and treatment options to enable patient-led treatment decisions. Educates and/or facilitates patient and caregiver on introduction to program, clinical trial information, resource referrals, molecular and genetic testing.


Education: Bachelor's degree in Nursing

Preferred Education:

Certification: Current State of Texas Professional Nursing License (RN). Basic Life Support (BLS) or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification

Preferred Certification:

Experience: Three years of clinical nursing experience to include at least one year oncology nursing or case management experience.

Preferred Experience: None

Onsite Presence: Is Required

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 132232
  • Employment Status: Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • FLSA: exempt and eligible for additional compensation for hours worked beyond your usual schedule, paid at a straight rate
  • Work Week: Day/Evening
  • Fund Type: Soft
  • Pivotal Position: Yes
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 79,600
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 99,500
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 119,400