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Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

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

Job Description:

DescriptionThe Occupational Therapist's Assistant has the responsibility and accountability for implementing care for patients referred for Occupational Therapy according to the plan of care established by an occupational therapist. Occupational Therapist's Assistant is responsible for adhering to all standards of the Occupational Therapy Practice Act as they apply to providing therapy care, supplies, equipment and education for their patient population.

According to department's Scope of Practice, this position requires providing services to the general patient population, in a manner that demonstrates an understanding of the physical, perceptual, and cognitive needs of the individuals served, and clear knowledge of activities of daily living. This position requires the full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the Mission of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. It is expected that the associate demonstrate behavior consistent with the Core Values and the Standards of Behavior. The associate shall support the CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini's strategic plan and the goals and direction of their Performance Improvement Plan (PIP).


  • PROVIDES FOR THE PHYSICAL, DEVELOPMENTAL, PSYCHO-SOCIAL, SPIRITUAL, CULTURAL, FUNCTIONAL, HIGH RISK AND DISCHARGE NEEDS OF THE PATIENT AND FAMILY.



    • Provides treatment/care under the supervision of an OT established plan of care.
    • Provides therapy at intervals appropriate to the patient's needs and established in plan of care.
    • Completes and documents patient care within required time frames.
    • Discusses at regular intervals with the occupational therapist as required to gain appropriate direction in providing for the patient's treatment needs.
    • Ensures patient care includes all major developmental functions that are addressed in the plan of care.
    • Ensures spiritual care needs are addressed, including actual/expressed needs.
    • Incorporates cultural and ethnic factors into patient care.
    • Provides input for the occupational therapist regarding discharge.



      • 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.
        • Establishes presence of consent/order prior to treatment/procedure
        • Documents daily treatment notes.
        • Timely reporting of weekly progress in interdisciplinary staffing and outcome measures
        • Turns in daily charge sheet on same day of treatment.
        • Submits timesheet timely on biweekly basis.



          • 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.
              • Demonstrates good hand washing
              • Complies with FOAM IN/FOAM OUT with hand sanitizer of all patient rooms
              • Complies with the fingernail policy
              • Wears PPE when applicable.
              • Participates in infection control processes on daily basis for disinfection of therapy equipment and supplies utilized in patient care and according to policy & procedures.



                • PROVIDES FOR THE EDUCATION/TRAINING OF THE PATIENT/FAMILY



                  • Identifies and documents patient/family educational needs upon consultation with the occupational therapist.
                  • Provides and documents teaching based on identified needs.
                  • Teaches at a level of understanding related to the pt/family member's level of education
                  • Determines the effectiveness of instruction provided, based on family/patient performance.
                  • Teaching incorporates cultural and ethnic factors.
                  • Teaching incorporates functional needs.



                    • COLLABORATES PATIENT CARE WITH OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST ON BASIS OF PATIENT CLASSIFICATION AND STAFF EXPERTISE TO ENSURE QUALITY OF CARE.



                      • Visits and interviews patient and communicates with families when present or necessary.
                      • Follows the treatment plan established by occupational therapist with patient and family upon assignment within a prompt, efficient timeframe. Reports changes regarding patient's response to treatment to the supervising occupational therapist
                      • Visits and interviews patient and communicates with families when present or necessary.
                      • Provides feedback to the occupational therapist about the patient's response to the interventions of treatment.
                      • Assists with proper orientation of new therapy associates.
                      • Takes appropriate action to address patient needs and issues as they arise during the course of care.
                      • Demonstrates sound clinical judgment in decision-making regarding patient care.






                        • Demonstrates empathetic and positive attitude when working with patients.






                          • PROVIDES FOR THE PLAN FOR THERAPY CARE INTO THE INTERDISCIPLINARY CARE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE PATIENT/FAMILY.



                            • Communicates effectively with associates, physicians and clinical care team.






                              • Coordinates therapy care with other disciplines involved.
                              • Involves other health team members, as necessary.
                              • Actively participates in 50% of departmental in-services and is responsible for obtaining information missed via meeting with manager and/or reviewing meeting minutes.






                                • ASSURES THE RIGHTS OF THE PATIENT/FAMILY ARE RESPECTED AND MAINTAINED.



                                  • Allows for privacy and modesty in the provision of care.
                                  • Identifies self by name and title to patient/family.
                                  • Utilizes AIDET when interacting with patients
                                  • Reports suspected cases of abuse/neglect, if identified.
                                  • Understands role of, and how to access, the Ethics Committee.
                                  • Understands the complaint/grievance process



                                    • DEMONSTRATES KNOWLEDGE OF DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AND THE ABILITY TO SAFELY AND COMPETENTLY USE DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC PATIENT CARE EQUIPMENT IN THE DELIVERY OF QUALITY PATIENT CARE.



                                      • Completes Department Specific Annual Competency Checklist(s)
                                      • 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.
                                      • Notifies Director of equipment in disrepair and assists with removal of equipment.
                                      • Understands and participates in Performance Improvement Process.


                                        Requirements



                                        • A. Education/Skills:



                                        • B. Experience



                                          • Physical rehabilitation experience preferred



                                            • C. Licenses, Registrations, or Certifications:



                                              • Current Louisiana OTA License *
                                              • Current BLS (Basic Life Support) certification

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