Oregon Health & Science University

Occupational Therapist -Adult Acute - Relief

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
8A Rehab - Adult Acute Care Rehabiliation Services
Salary Range
$40.73 - $55.91 per hour, Commensurate with experience, qualifications and internal equity.
Relief Position requires, 4 shifts per pay period, with 2 of those shifts on weekends, as determined according to the Employers' needs
Days, 8-hour shifts
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The purpose of this job/position is to function as a member of the Rehabilitation Services patient care team by providing occupational therapy services in the Acute Care setting such as ADL training, energy conservation, splint fabrication for upper extremities, exercise, sensory integrations and perceptual/cognitive training to assist patients in improving their function in work, leisure and self-care. Treatment also includes patient/family education, and various therapeutic procedures to assist patients in improving function, strength, endurance, mobility and flexibility.  Therapists evaluate each patient referred, establish treatment goals and objectives, develop and implement the treatment plan, and assist in the process of discharge planning and post-hospital placement.  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

Evaluation & Caseload Management

  • Prioritizes patients care needs given medical necessity, discharge plan,
    medical stability and appropriateness to participate in rehabilitation.
  • Evaluates patients to determine appropriateness of referral.
  • Identifies rehab 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 evaluations 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
  • Provides 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     

Provides Skilled Rehabilitation Treatment

  • 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 plans specific to patient progress
  • Fabricates and adjusts splints to meet patient needs
  • Communicates patient needs and promotes carryover of strategies, precautions, etc. with nursing and other caregivers.
  • Updates recommendations to team regarding continuing rehabilitation needs and plan as patient’s condition and situations warrant.
  • Directs, supports and providers supervision as required for aides and
  • 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.

Care Coordination

  • Collaborates with patient, family, and medical team in multidisciplinary
    patient rounds, ensuring a common level of understanding of the patient’s
    rehabilitation needs, and providing recommendations for rehab after
  • Requests patient/family conferences as appropriate, and participates in
    conferences representing department.
    • Heightens awareness of and advocates for rehab needs of patient.
  • Enhances patient safety both during and after hospitalization by assisting
    the team in problem-solving.
    • Including but not limited to vision, ADL, and cognition impairments.
  • Provides feedback and educates physicians, fellows, residents, and other
    health care providers about rehabilitation (including but not limited to
    medical necessity for skilled rehabilitation services and appropriate referrals
    and expectations for rehab outcome and intensity at various levels of care).


  • Demonstrates excellent customer service and communication skills in all
    interactions with patients and family, including both telephone and face-to-face situations.
  • Demonstrates active listening skills and supportive, professional behavior
    at all times, to patients, families and staff.
  • Addresses complaints and problems promptly and courteously, involving
    management when indicated.
  • Communicates with patients and families, other healthcare team members,
    in a timely and cost-efficient, courteous manner.

Department Operations

  • Ensures scheduler/manager has ongoing, current availability for scheduling.
  • Responds in a timely manner to scheduling requests.
  • Meets or exceeds departmental efficiency standards  .               

Required Qualifications

  • BS, BA MS or OTD in Occupational Therapy  
    • OR Completion of an occupational therapy educational program that is recognized by the Oregon Occupational Therapy Licensing Board.
  • Current State of Oregon Occupational Therapy License
  • Current American Heart Healthcare Provider BLS CPR Certification
  • Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Acute Hospital, SNF or Inpatient Rehabilitation experience OR student affiliation.
  • Ambulatory and acute care experience in pediatrics
  • OTD Preferred

Additional Details

Environment, Physical Demands & Equipment Usage

  • 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.
  • Must have knowledge of inpatient medical environments and equipment such as oxygen/ventilation/respiratory apparatuses.
  • Requires ability to respond quickly and appropriately to urgent medical situations that may arise with high risk or medically complex populations.

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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