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Speech Pathologist, Pediatric Therapy

Company: Christus Health
Location: Alexandria
Posted on: May 16, 2019

Job Description:

Description
POSITION SUMMARY:



The Speech/Language Pathologist has the responsibility and accountability for assessing, planning, evaluating and implementing care for the patients assigned. Speech Pathologist is responsible for adhering to all standards of Speech Therapy Practice Act as they apply for providing therapy care, supplies, equipment and education to the pediatric population. Per the Departments Scope of Practice, this position requires providing developmental therapy services to pediatric patients, ages 0-18 years in a manner that demonstrates an understanding of the functional/developmental age of the individuals served, and knowledge of typical versus atypical development.



CORE COMPETENCIES:



Customer Focus -- Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.

Communicates Effectively -- Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.

Decision Quality -- Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.

Collaborates -- Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.

Nimble Learning -- Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.

Demonstrates Self-Awareness -- Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.

Goals -- Completes quarterly goals

Delivering the Mission - Performs duties as defined in this job description and demonstrates mastery of role.



MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:



ASSESSES THE PHYSICAL, PSYCHO-SOCIAL, SPIRITUAL, CULTURAL, FUNCTIONAL, HIGH RISK AND DISCHARGE NEEDS OF THE PATIENT AND FAMILY.
Completes and documents initial assessment/care within required time frames.
Performs, reassessments/care at intervals as required or appropriate to the patient's needs.
Ensures physical assessment/care includes all major body systems.
Ensures spiritual assessment/care includes actual/expressed needs.
Incorporates cultural and ethnic factors into assessment/care.
Establishes long and short term goals.
Timely reporting of progress in monthly progress summary and outcome measures as directed.
Establishes presence of consent/order prior to treatment/procedure.



DEMONSTRATES THE ABILITY TO ACCURATELY ACCESS AND DOCUMENT STAFFING, PATIENT CARE ACTIVITIES AND HOSPITAL PROCESSES.
Uses computer system(s) appropriately.
Documents in the medical record according to policy/procedure.
Documents daily and monthly progress notes as directed.
Turns in charge log within 24 hrs. After treatment.
Does daily charges on the computer prior to leaving work each day.
Completes documentation of outcomes within 72 hours after admit and 24 hours of discharge as directed.



OBTAINS KNOWLEDGE OF, AND DEMONSTRATES COMPLIANCE WITH INFECTION CONTROL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.
Practices Standard Precautions in patient care activities.
Practices appropriate disease specific isolation as required.
Appropriately handles and disposes of sharps.
Demonstrates good hand washing.
Complies with fingernail policy.
Wears PPE when applicable.



PROVIDES FOR THE EDUCATION/TRAINING OF THE PATIENT/FAMILY
Identifies and documents patient/family educational needs upon initial assessment and thereafter.
Identifies barriers to learning.
Provides and documents teaching based on identified needs.
Teaches at a level of understanding related to the patient/family member's level of education.
Evaluates the effectiveness of instruction provided.
Assessment and teaching incorporates cultural and ethnic factors.
Assessment and teaching incorporates functional needs.



OVERSEES PATIENT CARE ON BASIS OF PATIENT CLASSIFICATION AND STAFF EXPERTISE TO ENSURE QUALITY OF CARE.
Initiates assessment of patient within 24 hours of consult or functional screen as directed.
Demonstrates empathetic and positive attitude when working with patients.
Conducts chart audits for accuracy and adequate documentation as directed.
Visits and interviews patient and communicates with families when present or necessary.
Re-evaluates and modifies the plan of care, based on the patient's response to the interventions.
Ensures proper orientation of new therapy associates.
Ensures competencies and licensure are current.
Appropriately coordinated or delegates to technical support.
Assists in supervising and monitoring compliance of duties assigned to the techs.
Completes MBS, interprets results, and makes recommendations for an appropriate diet.
Initiates and implements MBS report. Provides documentation for physician and medical record.
Takes appropriate action to address issues.
Demonstrates sound clinical judgment in decision-making regarding patient care.



PROVIDES FOR THE PLAN FOR THERAPY CARE INTO THE INTERDISCIPLINARY CARE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE PATIENT/FAMILY.
Communicates effectively with associates, physicians and allied health team.
Coordinates therapy care with other disciplines involved.
Provides assessment for swallowing. Coordinates and implements dysphagia program with other disciplines.
Updates dysphagia book for changes in swallowing status and diet recommendations for rehab patients.
Actively participates in 50% of departmental in-services and meets with lead therapist for information missed in other meetings as documented on sign in sheet.











ASSURES THE RIGHTS OF THE PATIENT/FAMILY ARE RESPECTED AND MAINTAINED.
Allows for privacy in the provision of care.
Identifies self by name and title to patient/family.
Reports suspected cases of abuse/neglect, if identified.
Understands role of, and how to access, the Ethics Committee.



DEMONSTRATES KNOWLEDGE OF UNIT SPECIFIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AND THE ABILITY TO SAFELY AND COMPETENTLY USE UNIT SPECIFIC PATIENT CARE EQUIPMENT IN THE DELIVERY OF QUALITY PATIENT CARE.
Completes Unit Specific Annual Competency Checklist.
Obtains necessary training prior to initial equipment use.
Assures equipment is in operating order prior to use.
Differentiates between patient complications and equipment malfunction.
Uses medical equipment in accordance with manufacturer's operating guidelines.
Participates in the performance improvement process





Requirements
A. Education/Skills
DPNS trained-preferred.
English required, bilingual preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

B. Experience
None Required

C. Licenses, Registrations or Certifications
Current Louisiana SLP License.
Current BLS Card.
ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) Certified.

Keywords: Christus Health, Alexandria , Speech Pathologist, Pediatric Therapy, Healthcare , Alexandria, Louisiana

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