Oregon Health & Science University

Occupational Therapist - PEDS

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Part-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
DCH Rehab - Pediatric Rehabilitation Services
Salary Range
$40.73 - $55.91 per hour, Commensurate with experience, qualifications and internal equity.
Thursday, Friday
10 (ten) hours shifts
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The purpose of this position is to function as a member of the Rehabilitation Services patient care team by providing occupational therapy services to the pediatric population. Occupational therapy services are intended to improve functional independence in self-care, work/school, and play/leisure and may be pivotal to client discharge from the hospital, community integration, academic/professional success and/or quality of life.  These services may include, but are not limited to:  ADL (activities of daily living) training, energy conservation strategies, splint fabrication and monitoring, exercise for improved functional range of motion/strength/endurance, sensory integration activities, developmental stimulation, perceptual/cognitive training, assistive technology, and provision of appropriate adaptive equipment. 


The Occupational Therapist in this position would be expected to serve patients in multiple areas of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. This position requires skills to both evaluate a patient’s functional performance and participation in activities of daily living as well as to provide appropriate therapeutic interventions to improve or enhance functional performance and independence.  Assessment areas may include, but are not limited to, patient’s daily routines of self-care, feeding, play, school-related activities, sensory integrative and perceptual-motor processing, motoric abilities, prevocational skills, and community living skills.  Parent or caregiver education and training is an integral part of this position.  This position requires the ability to use Evidence Based Practice and Practice Based Evidence in achieving functional outcomes.


Therapists evaluate each patient referred, establish treatment goals/objectives, develop and treatment plan and implement the plan.  Therapists are expected to supervise therapy interns, assist with other educational research activities conducted by the department or the hospital and meet hospital standards regarding documentation and productivity. 

Function/Duties of Position


  • Prioritizes patient care needs given medical necessity, discharge plan, medical stability and appropriateness to participate in rehabilitation.
  • Evaluates patients to determine appropriateness of referral, and the abilities, disabilities and therapy needs of the patient.
    • Identifies rehabilitation potential, establishes treatment goals specific to the scope of acute care rehabilitation, including functional outcomes, quantitative measures and target dates.
  • Develops treatment plans to achieve identified goals.
  • Documents evaluation in patient's medical record in compliance with DNV, OHSU, OAR’s and third-party payer criteria.
  • Enters accurate codes for services performed and bills time in patient care accurately.
  • Provides surveillance and/or consultation in a time-efficient manner for patients, specific to care area; requesting orders and/or providing guidance to the patient’s team regarding activity or prevention of complications (including but not limited to range of motion, skin integrity, fall risk reduction).


  • Prioritizes care needs given medical necessity, discharge plan, medical stability and appropriateness to participate in rehabilitation.
  • Performs and documents skilled patient care activities, including direct treatment and caregiver/patient/family education.
  • Monitors and adjusts treatment plan specific to patient progress.
  • Facilitates routine patient activity plans with nursing and other caregivers.
  • Updates recommendations to team regarding continuing rehabilitation needs and plan as patient’s condition and situation warrant.
  • Directs, supports and provides supervision as required for Aides and volunteers.
  • Develops and enhances patient care program and patient outcomes in specialty area.
  • Documents treatment and other patient contacts in patient's medical record in compliance with DNV, OHSU, OAR’s and third-party payer criteria.


  • Maintains current knowledge of, and complies with hospital and department policies and procedures, union contracts, etc.
  • Ensures baseline skills for patient management in all inpatient areas and maintains proficiency through regular exposure and patient care activity, mentoring with other staff, and formal or informal peer review.
  • Participates in ongoing professional development, mentoring and competency assessment for self and other staff.

Required Qualifications

  • Completion of an occupational therapy educational program that is recognized by the Oregon Occupational Therapy Licensing Board OR
  • BS, BA, MS, or OTD in Occupational Therapy
  • Current State of Oregon Occupational Therapy License
  • Current American Heart Healthcare Provider Certification
  • Outpatient or acute care pediatric affiliation or experience
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct in-depth evaluations of patients
  • Ability to develop and provide professional occupational therapy programs for care and treatment of patients having physical and/or mental disabilities.
  • Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
  • Ambulatory and Acute care experience in pediatrics
  • Experience with patients/clients aged 0-15 years

Additional Details

Environment, Physical Demands & Equipment Usage


Routine ambulatory and acute care inpatient hospital environment. 


Ability to lift 40 lbs., to repeatedly carry equipment weighing more than 5 lbs. and to walk extensively on hard and soft surfaces.  Frequent bending and reaching to navigate medical equipment or perform treatment is required. Requires ability to respond quickly and appropriately to urgent medical situations that may arise with high risk or unusual patient populations. Able to use keyboard and mouse frequently for documentation and communications. Must be physically able to lift and/or carry children/individuals and to assume play positions with children.  Knowledge of inpatient medical environments and equipment, such as, oxygen/ventilation/respiratory apparatuses.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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