Nephrology Nurse Navigator

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Monday, January 22, 2024


BSD MED - Nephrology - Chapman Research Staff

About the Department

The Section of Nephrology at The University of Chicago is comprised of nineteen faculty members, two Ph.D. scientists, ten postdoctoral fellows as well as a staff of over 20 research, administrative and clinical personnel that are devoted to a mission of excellence in patient care, education and research. The nephrology program is ranked #23 by US News and World Report survey of best hospitals in the United States.

Job Summary

The Nephrology Nurse Navigator will provide comprehensive coordination of care for patients with ADPKD and their families/caregivers, to eliminate barriers to timely care, facilitate flow through the system, facilitate interactions with clinical research, increase patient and provider satisfaction, maintain point of contact with providers, and serve as the first point of contact for patients and families with ADPKD.


  • Under the direction of a faculty sponsor and in collaboration with the program support team, coordinates the care of patients through the disease process.

  • Acts as a clinical liaison for patients, across medical services and clinical departments.

  • Assesses clinical, emotional, spiritual, psychosocial, financial, and other patient needs.

  • Evaluates and manages patient symptoms before during and after treatment.

  • Facilitates resolution to patient needs and monitors follow up.

  • Educates/reinforces education with patients and families on disease, treatments, side effects, adverse reactions, and reportable signs/symptoms based on multidisciplinary care plan.

  • Coordinates discharge planning with the patient’s family, social workers, home nursing staff, nephrologists, and primary care physicians.

  • Works with patients and family members to ensure discharge instructions are understood and followed.

  • Develops and/or coordinates development of patient education materials, clinical pathways, and quality studies.

  • Coordinates and/or participates in multidisciplinary consultations.

  • Documents recommendations made at multidisciplinary consultations.

  • Helps develop a treatment plan that is understandable and feasible to the patient.

  • Serves as clinical partner and escalation point for care providers.

  • Promotes community education and increases disease awareness and screening capabilities.

  • May be responsible for direct patient care.

  • Develops and implements treatment plans and provides guidance on therapies. Provides follow-up with patients.

  • Implements evaluation programs regarding the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice or organizational systems.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Clinical nursing experience with demonstrated clinical competence in patient care, teaching and management of patients with an ADPKD diagnosis.

Preferred Competencies

  • Aware of safety hazards and take appropriate precautions.

  • Communicate in writing.

  • Communicate orally.

  • Comprehend technical documents.

  • Condense complicated issues to simple summaries that can be understood by a variety of constituents.

  • Develop and manage interpersonal relationships.

  • Exercise absolute discretion regarding confidential matters.

  • Follow written and/or verbal instructions.

  • Give directions.

  • Handle sensitive matters with tact and discretion.

  • Handle stressful situations.

  • Learn and develop skills.

  • Maintain a high level of alertness.

  • Pay attention to detail.

  • Perform multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Prioritize work and meet deadlines.

  • Train or teach others.

  • Work effectively and collegially with little supervision or as member of a team.

  • Work independently.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Healthcare & Medical Services

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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