The position of Occupational Therapist will be a criteria-based position with well defined responsibility. Position responsibility shall be defined by, but not limited to the following:
• Selects and administers various evaluations appropriately and accurately.
• Develops appropriate and effective treatment programs considering O.T. evaluations results, medical referral and status, patient needs, potential patient outcomes, and probable discharge situation.
• Selects and utilizes treatment procedures correctly and appropriately in accordance with treatment plans.
• Supervises and instructs patients in the following areas: functional activities and mobility (including, but not limited to dressing, grooming, transfers, homemaking, cognitive perceptual motor/sensory integration) and prosthetic/orthotic use.
• Assess needs for orthotic/prosthetic devices and fabricates orthotic and adaptive devices as needed.
• Evaluates the need for and makes appropriate recommendations of durable medical equipment for patients.
• Demonstrates understanding of patient condition, prognosis, and potential; demonstrates understanding of rationale and application of therapeutic techniques.
• Demonstrates body mechanics, safe and efficient patient handling skills.
• Demonstrates manual and mechanical skills in handling equipment, constructing splints, and/or adaptive devices.
• Re-evaluates patient status and/or modifies treatment plan or techniques appropriately according to change in patient status; obtains written Physicians approval for major treatment changes.
• Coordinates patient’s treatment with other O.T. staff and other health professionals; participates in interdisciplinary conferences and reports with/to disciples on patient’s progress and discharge planning.
• Demonstrates ability to terminate treatment appropriately.
• Handles written and oral communications promptly, effectively, and in compliance with the facility’s policies and procedures.
• Familiarizes self with specialized equipment and orders this equipment appropriately for patients.
• Follows all facility policies and procedures concerning patient care.
Supervision of O.T. Aides and Assistants:
Provides first line supervision of O.T. Aides and Assistants.
• Assigns specific patient care responsibilities to COTA’s and Aides with adequate information to follow through.
• Provides on-going supervision of assigned tasks to assure quality care.
• Provides instruction in treatment methods and regulations as assigned.
• Reviews overall performance and provides on-going feedback to Assistants and Aides.
Recognition and Assistance with Changes and Development Needs of Rehabilitation Services:
• Identifies need for and promotes growth for development to improve patient care.
• Carries through with those aspects of change and development specifically assigned.
Adherence to Facility and Departmental Policy:
• Actively seeks to improve and maintain standards in professional client care delivery.
• Demonstrates problem solving skills, sound judgment, maturity, and follow-through appropriate to the situation.
• Functions independently, seeking guidance appropriately from Administrator and physician.
• Displays cooperative, positive, and constructive attitude in intra-and interstaff relationships.
• Actively engages in learning and continuing education for self-improvement and professional growth.
• Fosters unity and promotes objective of the facility. Maintains professional appearance and manner.
• Maintains confidentiality of all pertinent client care information to assure clients’ rights are protected.
• Performs willingly other related duties as assigned.
Performance of Administrative Functions as Required:
• Charges for client treatment on a daily basis in approved manner if/as appropriate.
• Keeps client’s attendance and statistical records as required.
• Reports patient-care management problems to the Administrator.
• Maintains progress notes including daily attendance record, status notes, evaluations and discharge summary; documents home programs.
• Ensures that the discharge summary reflects attainment of the stated patient goals, justifications of non-obtained goals and ultimate deposition of the patient (e.g. “return to work”, “continue as O.P.”, “referred to another institution”.)
• Plans individual client schedule and maintains daily portion of the Master Schedule to indicate patient flow.
• Records “loaned equipment” on appropriate form.
• Reports equipment needs and maintenance requirements to Administrator.
• Assists in revising/developing facility policies and procedures.
• Complies and assists in implementation of facility policy as outlined in the Policy and Procedure manuals.
• Assists Administrator in fulfilling facility’s Quality Assurance Plan.
• Provides inservice programs for the department and facility as required.
• Actively seeks to inform the medical community and facility staff of the scope and purpose of Occupational Therapy.
1 – 3 years as a registered Occupational Therapist.
Graduate of an AOTA approved School of Occupational Therapy.
• SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS:
1. State Licensure by Texas Advisory Board of Occupational Therapy.
2. Current registration with AOTA.
3. Maintain current CPR certifications
4. CEU’s as appropriate.
5. Current T.B. screen of one calendar yare or current chest x-ray report required.
6. Annual review of Infection Control Procedures, Universal Precautions, Fire and Client Safety, Body Mechanics, and Bloodborne Pathogens is required.
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