JOB DESCRIPTION: Provides comprehensive clinical speech pathology services to patients. Provides testing, analyses, and evaluation of seriously ill patients or those having complex medical problems. Formulates a treatment plan consistent with the patient's needs. Assures continuity of care through effective decision-making resulting in quality patient care. Delivers effective patient care based on collaborative clinical pathways. Anticipates potential patient crisis through continual evaluation of patient outcomes. Delegates effectively. Identifies the need to develop or revise policies and procedures pertaining to specialized patient populations and/or department and hospital practices. Participates in department orientation of new staff. May serve as mentor for new staff and students. Monitors daily practices for consistency with established standards for patient care. Participates in routine evaluations of quality assurance activities. Assists with supervision of support staff and students. Assists with providing on-going performance feedback, addresses problems, orients and trains employees, verifies competency and identifies and suggests ways to develop skills. Communicates regularly with members of the patient care team, the patient, family members and others involved with the patient's care. Assists the department in maintaining a clear and accurate interdisciplinary and interdepartmental information flow. Provides patient and family education, instructing and training patients and families regarding pertinent aspects of the patient's care. Assesses and assists staff in assessing complex patient's and problems. Provides direct patient care to complex patients; performs specialized treatments according to the patient's individualized plan of care. Provides the patient with increased knowledge and skill within an identified area of expertise. Plans, develops and implements a results oriented treatment plan responsive to the individualized needs of the patient which includes clear and measurable goals. Modifies the treatment plan according to the patient's response. Collaborates with other members of the patient care team and utilizes community resources to plan for the continued care, support and follow-up of the patient after discharge. Recommends and procures appropriate equipment. Provides consultation and direct assistance to staff and physicians in management of patients. Assists in providing consultation related to clinical management to the professional community and community at large. Responds to requests for professional information or advice and refers more complex matters to appropriate staff. Provides in-service education. Assists the department in mentoring clinical staff; provides skills training within their area of expertise. Participates in committees addressing patient care related matters or other committees as requested by the department. May support and participate in research activities as requested.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Current licensure in Speech-Language Pathology in the state of Georgia. Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. One year of Speech-Language Pathology experience. BLS certification required.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock , Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation, Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.