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.
EVALUATION AND CASELOAD MANAGEMENT
PROVIDES SKILLED REHABILITATION TREATMENT
PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
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.
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