SPEECH PATHOLOGIST - REHAB-OUTPATIENT THERAPY
Status: PRN - As Needed
Shift: varies as needed Mon - Fri 7:00 - 5:00; includes rotating weekends and holidays
Diagnose disorders and provide therapy for clients/patients who demonstrate disorders of communication and/or dysphagia. Plan and implement programs for individual patients according to the principles and practices of Speech Pathology in all areas of the hospital system including but not limited to: Acute care, Outpatient, In-Patient(CMR) and Hospice. Provide instruction and supervision of student interns in speech pathology.
New Graduates accepted. Specialized or Technical Education Required: Graduate of an accredited Masters Degree program in Speech Pathology.
Current LA state license in Speech Pathology is required.
Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association is preferred.
Working knowledge of proper equipment used for speech therapy treatments. New Graduates accepted.
Manual or Physical Skill Required: Body mechanics. Physical Effort Required: Intermittent exertion in positioning or lifting patients, equipment or other materials.
1. Coordinate the evaluation of assigned clients/patients and determine causal factors for communication impairments and/or dysphagia. Gather data related to client's/patients communication disorder and/or dysphagia. Select appropriate evaluation tool(s) for the purpose of assessment. Administer diagnostic testing procedures to determine the extent of the client's/patient's impairment and the prognosis for improvement.
2. Develop individualized treatment programs for clients/patients diagnosed as needing speech, language, or dysphagia intervention. Develop and maintain long and short term treatment objectives for each client. Re-evaluate and modify treatment programs as warranted.
3. Prepare documentation as required by the profession and the department, such as evaluation results, individualized problem lists and treatment care plans, progress reports, and other such reports.
4. Complete appropriate documents to assist in requests for certification from patient’s insurance carrier. Continually monitor approval to ensure appropriate coverage for services.
5. Communicate observations, facts, and comments with nursing and interdisciplinary team members, individually, and through team meeting presentations to ensure efficient coordination of the overall health care plan.
6. Supervise subordinate staff and student activities; assign patients and transmit orders to support staff members.
7. Provide clinical supervision of patient treatments, support staff, family and inter-team communication, and record keeping. Attend staff conferences and family conferences. Monitor patient case load balance and therapy orders.
8. Act as liaison with nursing, medical staff and other hospital personnel to facilitate problem solving and coordination of services and act as educational resource.
9. Identify needs in program planning and facilitate program development.
10. Recommend and develop new in-services and programs. Perform statistical and clinical research programs and projects as directed.
11. Provide guidance to less experienced staff members. Instruct and supervise student interns.
12. Maintain schedules as necessary for the daily operations of the department.
13. Comply with department policies, procedures, objectives, safety, environmental, infection control and quality assurance programs.
14. Participate in educational programs, in-service meetings and attend other meetings as required.
15. Meet the needs of patients in the waiting area and the treatment rooms in an appropriate and safe manner.
16. Perform other duties as directed by the supervisor.17. Follow North Oaks Health System’s Compliance Programs and Federal and State Regulatory guidelines.