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Occupational Therapist - Acute Therapy

Job ID: 8247
Location: Bellingham, WA
Work Type: Full Time
Shift: Day
Shift Length: 8 Hours
FTE: 1.00
Benefit Eligibility: Full-time benefits

Job Description

Description

PeaceHealth is seeking a Occupational Therapist - Acute Therapy for a Full Time, Day position.  Hourly compensation starts at $37.73, more depending on experience.

Looking to be a part of a dynamic Inpatient Therapy team?St Joseph Medical Center is seeking an energetic Occupational Therapist!

Join our experienced rehab team including Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists.Work closely with nursing, care management, hospitalists and surgeons to help patients recover from acute illness, injury, and/or surgery.Occupational Therapists focus on assessment and treatment of basic self care, cognition, upper extremity function, home environment/modification and family/community support, participate in care rounds and work closely with the treatment team to coordinate discharge planning and therapy recommendations.

Close against the Canadian border, Bellingham, WA combines the appeal of small-town life with easy access to two of the Northwest’s most exciting cities — Seattle (90 miles south) and Vancouver, B.C. (60 miles north). Life in Bellingham means access to the mountains and the sea providing a plethora of outdoor activities as well as a variety of cultural offerings

Our Occupational Therapists work on both the Acute and the Inpatient Rehab unit.The Inpatient Rehab program is primarily a neuro rehab program, working with patients with a variety of diagnoses including CVA, TBI, SCI and other neuro conditions.Our IP Rehab Unit is a 14 bed unit in the acute care hospital setting and moved to it’s a current location in July 2015; has state of the art gym equipment, a fully furnished kitchen and Saebo splinting supplies.


JOB SUMMARY

Responsible for the evaluation of patients, determining plan of care and goals of treatment, participating in treatment of patients participating in treatment of patients within the scope of Occupational Therapy. Provides oversight to therapy assistants and students in following the plan-of-care and treatment of patients appropriate to the age of the patient served; provides supervision to therapy aides and volunteers. Works collaboratively as a part of a patient care team toward the best outcomes for patients.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Evaluates assigned patients and establishes a treatment plan and goals, using data from a variety of sources, such as patient records, interviews, observation and team members.
  • Completes patient treatment according to plan of care and modifies plan to meet patient needs, and updates plan as appropriate.
  • Completes documentation accurately, timely, according to regulatory and state licensure requirements, and within professional standards.
  • Collaborates with other healthcare professionals as necessary to ensure smooth continuous care of the patients. May act as a liaison with nursing, medical and other therapy staffs to facilitate problem solving and coordination of other services and act as an educational resource.
  • Mentors and provides oversight to new caregivers, occupational therapy assistants, and therapy aides. Provides clinical instruction and training to students.
  • Recommends and participates in development of new services and programs, quality improvement and monitoring activities.
  • Participates in staff meetings, patient care meetings, educational in-services, caregiver orientation and other professional activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelors’, Masters’ or Doctorate degree from an Occupational Therapy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education required.

EXPERIENCE/TRAINING:

  • Specific experience in setting as described by the position posting

LICENSE/CERTIFICATION:

  • Current state license as an Occupational Therapist required.
  • Current BLS (Basic Life Support) certification required at date of hire.

OTHER SKILLS:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, projects and display flexibility in a fast paced and changing work environment
  • Ability to assess patients’ conditions and exercise independent judgment

ST JOSEPH PHYSICAL/COGNITIVE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Work requires moderate physical exertion up to 33% of the time.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing 80 lbs. or less.
  • Work requires frequent exposure to minor cold, heat, poor ventilation or sharp instruments. Reasonably anticipated exposure to blood and body fluids once per month or more.
  • Job duties frequently require intense concentration and attention to detail (34-65% of work time).
  • Provides patient care in an uncontrolled home environment; operates motor vehicle on urban and rural roadways up to 25% of each day.

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For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application.  EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state or federal laws.  

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