Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S6011 / Nurse Navigator
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 15

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under direct supervision of the Clinic Manager, provide direct patient care and comprehensive coordination of care for patients and their families/caregivers, to eliminate barriers to timely care, facilitate flow through system, facilitate interactions with clinical research office, increase patient and provider satisfaction, maintain point of contact with providers and serve as the first point of contact for patients and families.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides direct patient nursing care for specified patients, including wound care, ostomy care, accessing port/PICC lines, appropriate supportive care and administration of chemotherapy, blood components, fluid and electrolyte replacements, and other oncology treatments as prescribed.
  2. Performs nursing assessments and triage of patient care needs for new and ongoing patients, including patients on a clinical research study.
  3. Oversees the planning, scheduling, and implementation of day-to-day clinical activities and procedures for navigated patients.
  4. Work with physician and clinical research office to facilitate, coordinate and ensure patient access to Clinical Trials.
  5. Central point of contact for all navigated patients; including interaction with medical, nursing, ancillary services, and when appropriate the clinical research coordinator. Identify potential patients for Clinical Trials protocols and coordinates with the research coordinator to consent the patient.
  6. Provides education to patients, families, and significant others; acts as an information resource to students, health care professionals, patients, and the public.
  7. Collect and report data from patient on barriers, health care, medications, prior treatments, etc.
  8. Track order completion and follow up. Monitor patient compliance with patient treatment plan.
  9. Assist patients with referrals to outside resources and care coordination as needed.
  10. May attend and refer patients to tumor board and follow up on tumor board recommendations.
  11. May participate in the orientation, training and evaluation of new staff.
  12. Follows established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.
  13. Collaborates with medical providers, patient care staff and clinic management in the planning and implementation of patient and staff education.
  14. Designs or participates in the creation of health education materials.
  15. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Associate's degree in Nursing; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure State of New Mexico Licensed Registered Nurse or licensure from a state participating in the multistate privilege to practice compact with New Mexico.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of supportive care principles and techniques for oncology patients.
  • Ability to perform nursing assessments and patient triage.
  • Ability to educate patients and/or families as to the nature of disease and to provide instruction on proper care and treatment.
  • Critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to plan, implement and evaluate individual patient care programs.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Basic knowledge of managed care.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow and enforce safety procedures.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stressors.
  • Strong organizational and coordination skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and reprioritize quickly.
  • Knowledge of ethical principles and federal and state regulations governing the participation of human subjects in biomedical research.
  • Knowledge of the principles and procedures of clinical research.
  • Ability to recruit, evaluate, and instruct clinical research subjects and volunteers.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work effectively at all levels in a collaborative, customer service oriented, team environment.

Conditions of Employment

  • CPR Certified.
  • May be required to submit immunization records for review for required vaccines and TB testing.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • A post-offer, pre-employment physical examination/medical history check may be a requirement for some positions.
  • Must be employment eligible as verified by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Services Administration (GSA).
  • Must provide proof of varicella immunity or obtain varicella vaccination within 90 days of employment.
  • Fingerprinting, and subsequent clearance, is required for this position.
  • Must maintain certification and/or licensure status.
  • May be required to complete department-specific professional development activities.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work is performed in an interior medical/clinical environment.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 07/11/2021