- Purpose of Job
- Works with an occupational therapist to treat patients who have difficulty performing work and daily living activities due to illnesses, injuries and disabilities.
- Job Requirements
- Bachelor of Science or greater in Occupational Therapy.
- No experience necessary.
- Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification required.
- Occupational Therapy (OT) license required.
- Requires knowledge as demonstrated by successful completion of an accredited program.
- Requires skills in communication both oral and written, time management and organization, and personnel management.
- Requires the ability to work independently, adapt to a changing environment, organize and work with a variable patient load.
- Requires the ability to conduct patient teaching and in-service presentations.
- Practices within standards of practice as outlined by professional organization and licensing body.
- Physical Requirements
- Weight Demands
- Medium Work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force.
- Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
- Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
- Distinguish colors
- Repetitive Motions
- Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
- Not Related:
- Explosives (pressurized gas)
- Electrical Shock/Static
- Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
- Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)
- Rare (1-33%):
- Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
- Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
- Occasionally (34%-66%):
- Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) (BBF)
- Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
- Essential Job Functions
Essential Functions I
Evaluate a wide variety of patient types and identify physical dysfunction and functional capabilities to facilitate appropriate treatment of patients.
- Performs patient evaluation on initial visit and follows guideline recommendations to establish treatment plan from evaluation.
- Review medical records to assist in the evaluation process and contacts attending physician to gather information as needed.
- For each diagnosis, chooses appropriate tests and measures and utilizes appropriate outcome tool.
- Functional and appropriate goals are set with realistic time frames. Patient and families are included in goal planning.
- Ongoing re-evaluation is evidenced in documentation over the course of a week or as indicated for patient condition / status.
- Assess needs for additional interdisciplinary services and refers patients for these services.
Establish and implement patient focused treatment program with regular follow-up to achieve maximum functional improvement with efficiency.
- Treatment plan is based on objective evaluations and achievable short and long term goals with time frames and direction toward desired outcome.
- Treatment plans are appropriate for patient diagnosis and constantly re-evaluated for effectiveness.
- Ongoing re-assessment is evident in documentation and is addressed by modifying the plan of care.
- Content and frequency of the program are adjusted as the patients condition or status warrants.
- Coordinates treatments with interdisciplinary services as needed.
Patient documentation is thorough and timely, enhancing communication and ensuring completion of Medical Record.
- In accordance with policy, efficiently completes initial evaluation, progress notes, discharge summary and patient progress reports.
- Documentation accurately reflects services provided, patient response and progress.
- Update physician both verbally and in writing as to the progress of the patient prior to discharge or the next physician office visit.
- Follows criteria for quality documentation as outlined by guidelines including all requirements (surgeries, signatures, allergies).
Provides patient education to facilitate patient rehabilitation.
- Education is evidenced by either documentation, written handout or direct observation.
- When possible, patient will convey understanding of key principles, precautions and instructions by demonstration.
- Utilizes the services of interpreters, child-life specialists, etc to assist with instruction as needed or requested.
Patient billing is appropriate and accurately reflects the services provided for each therapy session to reflect accurate billing of services.
- Responsible for identifying appropriate charges based on treatment rendered.
Participates in the clinical instruction of students to facilitate their education and promote the profession and department.
- Provides supervision and guidance appropriate for each student, to ensure appropriate evaluation and treatment of patients as well as educational outcome of the student.
- Complies with school/department requirements for supervision/feedback.
Assists with program development, including department programs, when indicated to assist with the development of marketing strategies and provide input to the coordinators of these programs.
- Attends meetings and fosters excellence by demonstration of current knowledge base and participation with program development to achieve goals.
- Participates in community education through speaking engagements, covering health fairs or other events as needed.
- Develops physician and staff relationships.
- Participates and assists with marketing strategies as needed.
Demonstrates commitment to personal growth and clinical excellence.
- Presents a staff in-service program within 1 month of attendance of continuing education course, professional workshop or seminar.
- Attends all mandatory in-services, department meetings (whenever possible), and required continuing education courses per year.
Provides appropriate care specific to the age of the patient, to ensure understanding and comfort level of Treatment, as outlined in the department “Population Specific Competency Checklist”.
- Standard as outlined in the Age Specific Criteria.
Demonstrates responsibility with all job related duties.
- Takes accountability to cover all assigned shifts.
- Consistently clocks in and out at appropriate times correctly using KRONOS.
- Accepts responsibility for actions and consequences.
Attitude and communication approach reflects the core values of the Rehab department.
- Listens carefully, checks on understanding before responding and accepts and offers feedback.
- Proactively seeks solutions to challenges within the work environment.
- Adapts, without difficulty, to changes in assignment and environment.
Essential Functions II
Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.
Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Behavior and company policies/procedures.
Other duties as assigned.
Methodist Health System