JOB DESCRIPTION: Provides comprehensive evaluations and testing, occupational therapy treatments, and education to seriously ill patients or those having complex medical problems and families which are consistent with patient's individualized needs and carried out within an interdisciplinary environment. Assists in supervising support staff and students and in developing in-service training programs for continuing staff development. Performs other related duties as required. Maintains an established inventory of supplies; ensures the proper use and maintenance of equipment and maintains a work area which is free of debris and clutter. Participates in routine evaluations of quality assurance activities and consistency with established standards for patient care. Provides guidance and instruction on an ongoing basis to ensure efficient operations and supervises/orients students and support staff. Communicates regularly with members of the patient care team, the patient, family members and others involved with the patient's care. Assess and assists the staff in assessing complex patients and problems. Assists the department in performing peer reviews. Instructs and trains patient and family regarding pertinent aspects of the patient's care. Offers teh patient increased knowledge and skill within an identifed area of expertise. Plans, develops and implements a results-oriented treatment plan responsive to the individualized needs of the patient and includes clear, measurable goals. Modifies the treatment plan according to the patient's responses. Provides direct patient care; performs specialized treatments according to the patient's individualized plan of care. Collaborates with other members of the patient care team and uses community resources to plan for the continued care, support and follow-up of the patient after discharge. Recommends and procures appropriate equipment. Works with manager to formulate plan for professional development. Attends educational in-services as appropriate. Participates in professional activities and organizations to maintain knowledge of current trends, practices, and developments. Follows established protocols to document specifics related to the patient program/setting. Accurately records daily charges for services rendered. Practices organizational and universal standards for sterile technique and infection control in carrying out daily responsibilities including proper cleaning and sterilization of work surfaces, equipment and instruments. Provides consultation and direct assistance to staff and physicians in the management of patients. Conducts in-service programs, provides other staff with training in area of expertise and serves as a clinical instructor to students. Assists in providing consultation related to clinical management to professional community and community at large. Responds to request for professional information or advice and refers more complex matters to the appropriate staff. Assists the department in maintaining a clear and accurate interdisciplinary and interdepartmental information flow. Participates in committees addressing patient care related matters or other committees as requested by the department. May support and participate in research activities.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from an American Occupational Therapy Association accredited program. Current licensure in the state of Georgia from the American Occupational Therapy Association. Must have and maintain NBCOT certification. One year of experience as an Occupational Therapist. BLS and Healthcare Provider certifications required.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: (Medium-Heavy) 36-75 lbs, 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 20-35 lbs, 34-66% of the workday; (frequently); 10-20 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 75 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 35 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.