Nurse Practitioner - Parkinson’s Foundation Movement Disorders Fellowship

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 27, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Nursing, Other Health & Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Administrative, Student Affairs, Health Services
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Employment Type
Full Time

Classification Title:

OPS Exempt

Job Description:

The Department of Neurology at the University of Florida, College of Medicine is accepting qualified candidates for two Parkinson’s Foundation Movement Disorders Nurse Practitioner Fellowship positions. This program is a one-year immersive training experience devoted to developing expertise in the treatment of movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, dystonia, tremor, myoclonus, tic disorders, gait disturbances, chorea, tardive syndromes, and other disorders of the basal ganglia and cerebellum. The program will provide nurse practitioners with advanced subspecialty level education and training through direct clinical immersion, classroom didactic and self-learning activities, community outreach experiences, and training and active responsibilities in clinical and translational research.

Nurse Practitioner Fellows will be prepared for future careers in movement disorders specialty care centers nationwide and will develop expertise in the interdisciplinary care of patients with movement disorders and in the programming of deep brain stimulators and intestinal levodopa/carbidopa infusion pumps.

The Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases was founded in 2002 and hosts the largest movement disorders fellowship program in the US for physicians. The institute is a 24,700-square-foot facility that includes dedicated space for patient care as well as tailored space for clinical trials, research, telemedicine, and for one of the world's largest movement disorders databases. The Institute has over 10,000 patient visits per year and offers on-site occupational, physical, and speech therapy, as well as neurosurgery, psychiatry, neuropsychology, nutritionists, and social services (with a dedicated social worker) all integrated within the freestanding Institute.

Aims of the Fellowship:

Clinical Education: To train, mentor, and promote specialist nurse practitioners who will devote their careers to the care of persons with Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders.

Research: To educate nurse practitioners to understand and promote clinical research trials to advance the understanding and treatment of persons with Parkinson’s disease and related conditions, and to participate in clinical trials and work closely with the Clinical Trial Coordinator and primary investigators to develop and carry out multi-site and investigator-initiated clinical trials.

Outreach and Education: To gain experience in providing community service and patient outreach for patients with movement disorders and their caregivers, including support groups, education seminars for the public and service to the underserved local community.

Expected Salary:


Minimum Requirements:
  • Graduate degree from an accredited school of nursing as an Acute Care or Primary Care Adult-Gerontology or Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • National board certification in Nurse Practitioner (NP) specialty
  • Licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in the state of Florida at least one month prior to the start of the program year (July 1, 2022)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration provider number
  • National Provider Identification number
  • Minimum of three years clinical experience as a registered nurse
  • Registered Nurse requirement
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum of one year experience as a nurse practitioner preferred
Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must include the following with Careers at UF online application:
  • Official transcript from the NP program
  • Official copy of NP Specialty Board certification
  • Copy of appropriate state license Florida RN and NP registration
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • A three minute "video" personal statement or 600-word narrative statement
    • Explaining:
      • The reason for applying to this program
      • Professional strengths
      • Knowledge and skills you would like to acquire
      • Your professional goals in the field of Movement Disorders
    • If you have trouble attaching the narrative or video to your application, please send the attachment to Adrienne Smith at .
  • Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from the authors to Adrienne Smith at )
    • One letter should be from a program director, clinical preceptor or collaborating physician familiar with the applicant’s work.
  • Optional: Letter of recommendation from patient or family you have worked with in the role of nurse or Nurse Practitioner
Background screening is required.

The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

This is a time limited position.

This requisition has been reposted. Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not apply.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: Yes

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