In your challenging role as Occupational Therapist, you will provide occupational therapy services to patients who have impairments, developmental disabilities, functional limitations, disabilities, or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease or other causes under occasional guidance. You also will actively collaborate with the health care/educational team to meet patient care, outcomes and system improvement objectives. Your d uties will include but not be limited to the following:
Assessment and intervention serving children birth to 18 years of age in a variety of areas under the Occupational Therapy scope of practice (sensory processing & sensory integration, fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, and visual motor skills to name a few areas)
Consultations and screenings
Intervention/treatment (group sessions, individual sessions, and in classroom settings on campus and possibly some off campus)
Collaboration with Speech Language Pathologists serving shared patients
Documentation of services and contacts within the electronic medical record (based on facility timeline standards),
Active Participation in specialty area meetings and groups
Active Participation in departmental projects
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor's Degree or Higher
American Occupational Therapy Associate Certification
Tennessee Licensure or Eligibility for Tennessee Licensure
Minimum of 2 years' experience in pediatric service provision; 3-5 years' experience in pediatric service provision preferred
Flexibility measured through attitude and willingness to meet patient and departmental needs in a timely manner
Great Communication Skills
Proficient Technical Report Writing Skills
Excellent collaboration with a variety of other professionals supporting a team-oriented environment
Patient schedule of NO LESS than 35 out of 40 hours, with group therapy a possibility.
PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO PROFESSIONALS WITH EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE IN SERVING INDIVIDUALS WITH SENSORY INTEGRATION/SENSORY PROCESSING NEEDS, AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS.
***Fluency in a second language is preferred but not required***
Analyzes comprehensive information from formal and informal assessment that is pertinent to the patient's care and management to determine a rehabilitation treatment diagnosis.
Collaborates with stakeholders in establishing the plan of care, coordinates and implements care delivery while anticipating patient care needs across the rehabilitation continuum.
Applies appropriate, evidence-based interventions to ensure effective outcomes and re-evaluates performance to assess patient's progress towards goals.
Employs strategies to promote successful return to home, community, and school/vocational environments.
The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.
REHABILITATION THERAPIST PATIENT EVALUATION: Demonstrates mastery in evaluating patients with physical deficits including impairments, developmental disabilities, functional limitations, disabilities, or changes in physical function by obtaining information pertinent to the assessment and administering and scoring standardized tests and objective measures of deficit areas. Selects appropriate measures and performs a functional asses
TREATMENT PLANNING & GOAL SETTING: Demonstrates mastery in developing a plan of care that incorporates treatment interventions focused on meeting objective goals. Develops and documents patient focused short and long term goals that are functional and measurable. Identifies the need for and referral to other services, as needed. May serve as a mentor for other clinical staff to develop their skills in treatment planning. May consult with team members or implement new procedures.
TREATMENT IMPLEMENTATION: Demonstrates mastery in providing treatment consistent with physician prescription and established plan of care. Able to modify treatment plan as needed to demonstrate provision of skilled therapy services including progression of treatment throughout course of care, and revision of treatment interventions of goals not met. Supervises and directs certified athletic trainers (PT only), physical therapist / occupational therapist assistants, technicians and volunteers and students. Selects and follows correct protocol for care, as established, and actively seek out, utilize and mentor/teach others on current evidence based treatment strategies. May consult with team members to offer suggestions for treatment strategies. May serve as a clinical content expert for practice area, initiates consultation with team members for advanced treatment of patients, develop forum for staff members to utilize clinical expertise.
REHAB THERAPIST PATIENT DOCUMENTATION: Demonstrates proficiency in documentation practices. Documents in the appropriate templates and utilizes only approved abbreviations within patient documentation. Meets institutional standards for quality and timeliness of documentation. May complete accurate chart audits of co-workers in the same classification category
PHYSICAL/OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST PATIENT EDUCATION: Demonstrates mastery in communicating functional impact of assessment findings, treatment interventions, treatment planning diagnosis, and disease process. Able to adapt communication to needs/level of understanding of audience and share appropriate information/literature. May supervise, educate and train students from professional programs of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and athletic training and/or students and staff from other departments. Contributes in the development of patient education best practices for the organization.
Organizational Impact: Executes job responsibilities with the understanding of how output would affect and impact other areas related to own job area/team with occasional guidance.
Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Analyzes moderately complex problems using technical experience and judgment.
Breadth of Knowledge: Has expanded knowledge gained through experience within a professional area.
Team Interaction: Provides informal guidance and support to team members.
Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy and enthusiasm in developing self/others to help improve performance and gain knowledge in new areas.
Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regular contact with key colleagues and stakeholders using formal and informal opportunities to expand and strengthen relationships.
Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactions and modifies one's own communication style to suit different situations and audiences.
DELIVERING EXCELLENT SERVICES:
Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understand current and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better address them.
Solves Complex Problems: Approaches problems from different angles; Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and develop concrete solutions.
Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increase employees' effectiveness.
ENSURING HIGH QUALITY:
Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly in formal and informal dialogue about quality; directly addresses quality issues promptly.
Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies various learning experiences by looking beyond symptoms to uncover underlying causes of problems and identifies ways to resolve them.
Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Understands all aspects of providing a safe environment and performs routine safety checks to prevent safety hazards from occurring.
MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY:
Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.
Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/area.
Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strong understanding of the information or data to identify and elevate opportunities.
Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies new ideas/opportunities from multiple sources or methods to improve processes beyond conventional approaches.
Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short-term challenges.
Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/or problems as opportunities for improvement; actively embraces change instead of emphasizing negative elements.
40 hours/week (8-hour shifts plus lunch Monday through Friday)
Combination of 8AM - 5PM and 9AM - 6PM
Department/Unit Summary :
The Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center has a pediatric out-patient program that serves children from birth through 21 years of age. Our Occupational Therapy service provision is currently provided by 3 Occupational Therapists with a combined 20+ years of experience treating children with sensory and neuro-motor disorders that impact functional performance in play, self-care and school-related activities. Our Occupational Therapists collaborate with numerous disciplines when providing services, especially when serving patients with sensory-based issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Augmentative Alternative Communication systems/needs, and hearing impairments. Our primary site for service is housed within the state-of-the-art Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center located in the heart of the Vanderbilt Medical Center campus. We have a satellite location for services in Lebanon, Tennessee as well. Individual and group therapy treatment rooms are available, all with connected observation room space. In addition to direct evaluation and therapy, other opportunities include graduate student supervision, interdisciplinary collaboration with the medical center and community, and participation in grant-funded education and research activities. The Occupational Therapy staff participate in a career advancement program through Rehabilitation Services insuring professional development and goal setting/attainment. For additional information, please visit
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