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SPEECH THERAPIST (Allied Rehab, Call-In, In-Patient)

Location:
North Scranton, PA
Company:
Allied Services

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The Speech Therapist is responsible for direct patient care and related documentation and care of patient records.

The Speech Therapist must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his/her unit—pediatric through geriatric. The Speech Therapist must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span; possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status; interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to their age-specific needs; and to provide the care needed as described in the Speech Pathology & Audiology Department's policies and procedures.

Type of supervision exercised: functional supervision during projects. Jobs reporting to this position: assigned student interns and clinical Fellowship Year candidates.

EDUCATION:

Completion of a Master's degree in Speech Pathology from an accredited program required.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

One (1) year of experience in Speech Pathology services while holding the Certificate of Clinical Competency preferred.

New graduates who are prepared for the Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) will be considered on an individual basis

SPECIAL EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Must possess, or be eligible for and agree to secure, the Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech Pathology from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association.

Must possess or secure licensure to practice Speech Pathology in Pennsylvania.

Must be a fluent speaker of the English language and be able to communicate in an effective manner with staff, patients, families, or significant others, management, and other professionals.

Must be familiar with and be able to independently administer test instruments and safely operate equipment used in the department for patient services.

Must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide individualized care appropriate to the age specific need and culture of the patient served.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Light work: duties require exerting up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally (approx 10-33% of shift), and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently (approx 33-66% of the time), and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move, lift, carry, push, and pull objects such as in the retrieval, using, and storing of materials and equipment used in therapy.

Position involves bending, reaching, and stooping (occasionally in strained position) throughout shift.

Position involves ambulating when performing tests and therapy; reaching for, handling, and manipulating equipment controls and work aids; feeling patient's lips, mouth, jaw and throat. Verbal skills are required to convey information and give instruction.

Acute hearing for determining differentiation in speech impairments and progress of patients under treatment is required.

Visual acuity is required for reading data and equipment controls and to observe mouth and lips in formation of sounds.

Ability to transport self throughout facility is required.

ACCIDENT OR HEALTH HAZARDS:

Occasional exposure to blood and body substances.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Works in a well-lit office environment or treatment space.



Required Skills

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF JOB:

E = Essential Element NE = Nonessential Element

80% Provides necessary therapy and performs speech and language screening and evaluations, dysphagia evaluations, and hearing screening as required. Maintains records of therapy visits and prepares required progress reports for patient staffing, referring physicians, and other agencies. Maintains clinical records of assigned patients in accordance with current policy. (E)

5% Prepares reports of speech and language evaluation for distribution to referring individuals and agencies in a timely manner according to hospital policy. (E)

5% Instructs and consults with physicians, staff members, and persons involved with cases. Counsels patient's families or significant individuals in procedures related to the therapy goals. (E)

5% Prepares discharge summaries in accordance with hospital policy. Prepares discharge care plans and instructs patient, patient's family, or significant person in their content. (E)

2% Supervises the activities and training of Speech Pathology students and Clinical Fellowship Year trainees as assigned by the Director. Participates in education and in-service training programs. Attends workshops, seminars, conventions, etc., as available and necessary to insure currency of clinical knowledge and skills. (E)

1% Performs routine inventories of assigned therapy supplies; notifies requirement of additional equipment, therapy material, and supplies; and recommends the purchase of specific equipment. (NE)

1% Supervises the activities of the department support personnel as necessary. (NE)

1% Participates in community educational programs such as the speakers bureau. Participates in program development activities, Continuing Quality Improvement, and acts as liaison between Speech Pathology & Audiology Department and other multidisciplinary staff and other agencies which provide direct and supportive services. (NE)



Required Experience


CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF JOB:

E = Essential Element NE = Nonessential Element

80% Provides necessary therapy and performs speech and language screening and evaluations, dysphagia evaluations, and hearing screening as required. Maintains records of therapy visits and prepares required progress reports for patient staffing, referring physicians, and other agencies. Maintains clinical records of assigned patients in accordance with current policy. (E)

5% Prepares reports of speech and language evaluation for distribution to referring individuals and agencies in a timely manner according to hospital policy. (E)

5% Instructs and consults with physicians, staff members, and persons involved with cases. Counsels patient's families or significant individuals in procedures related to the therapy goals. (E)

5% Prepares discharge summaries in accordance with hospital policy. Prepares discharge care plans and instructs patient, patient's family, or significant person in their content. (E)

2% Supervises the activities and training of Speech Pathology students and Clinical Fellowship Year trainees as assigned by the Director. Participates in education and in-service training programs. Attends workshops, seminars, conventions, etc., as available and necessary to insure currency of clinical knowledge and skills. (E)

1% Performs routine inventories of assigned therapy supplies; notifies requirement of additional equipment, therapy material, and supplies; and recommends the purchase of specific equipment. (NE)

1% Supervises the activities of the department support personnel as necessary. (NE)

1% Participates in community educational programs such as the speakers bureau. Participates in program development activities, Continuing Quality Improvement, and acts as liaison between Speech Pathology & Audiology Department and other multidisciplinary staff and other agencies which provide direct and supportive services. (NE)

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