Job Description

National Jewish Health/*National Jewish Health - Main Campus/Rehab Services

Denver, CO

Pool/Per Diem (no benefits)

Work Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Req # 13044

Position Summary
Provides full performance Speech Language Pathology services of testing, evaluation and treatment, program planning and implementation of related documentation and communication for pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients with Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Chronic Cough, Swallowing Disorders, organ and functional voice disorders.  Evaluates and treats pediatric and adolescent patients with dysarthria and developmental aphasia.  Utilizes speech language pathology theory, sound judgment, and psychological and cultural sensitivity in all contacts.  Contributes to department education by acting as a consultant on clinical matters for other therapists, assistants, students and interns.
Essential Duties
  1. Evaluates patients considering the cognitive, physical, emotional, and chronological maturation process of the patient in a safe manner. Interprets evaluation of findings to patients, family/significant others, and the care team.  Reassesses patient progress on an ongoing basis and individualizes treatment in a manner reflecting understanding of the developmental needs and range of treatment for each patient. Assists with scheduling and charges patients appropriately for services rendered.
  2. Develops goals and treatment plans to achieve identified goals. Coordinates treatment plan with the patient, the patient’s family, and care team. Treatment plan to include communication of a home or community program to maintain and enhance the performance of the patient in their own environment. Evaluates and may recommend termination of services when maximum benefit has been achieved.
  3. Implements care and treatment safely on land and/or in shallow/deep ends of the therapy pool that recognizes age specific needs and issues of the patient.  Monitors patient’s response to intervention and modifies treatment as indicated to attain goals.
  4. Documents results of patient’s evaluation, treatment, follow-up and termination of service.  Reviews the quality and appropriateness of individual rehabilitation therapy programs for effectiveness and efficiency, using predetermined criteria and considering age specific issues.  Maintains service-related records; follows billing and documentation procedures.
  5. Plans and realizes continuing education, career development needs, and cross-training, as directed. Provides technical direction to aides, and volunteers, as well as student affiliations/internships. Maintains professional development and education related records. Develops and provides in-service education to members of the Rehabilitation Services department and the hospital as assigned.
Other Duties
  1. Performs as a back up to staff absences and vacancies, as necessary.
  1. Accountability: Accepts full responsibility for self and contribution as a team member; displays honesty and truthfulness; confronts problems quickly; displays a strong commitment to organizational success and inspires others to commit to goals; demonstrates a commitment to National Jewish Health.
  2. Adaptability: Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
  3. Care Management: Having  the knowledge and skills to secure relevant patient information and identify key issues and relationships in the management of patient care; understanding the relationships among assessments, interventions, and patient responses; skilled in documentation of assessments and adjusting physical and cognitive prescriptions as needed.
  4. Initiative: Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive.
  5. Managing Work and Time/Project Management: Effectively managing one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
  6. Patient Relations: Meeting patient and patient family needs; taking responsibility for a patient’s safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes; using appropriate interpersonal techniques to resolve difficult patient situations and regain patient confidence
  7. Peer Relationships: Interacts with others in a constructive, positive, and respectful manner, regardless of individual differences. Assists team members or co-workers in achieving personal goals and completing assignments.
  8. Professional Development or Continuous Learning and Development: Actively identifying new areas for learning; using newly gained knowledge and skill to enhance their contribution to the organization.
Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility
Core Values
  1. Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
  2. Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
  3. Be well groomed, appropriately for your role and wear ID Badge visibly.
  4. Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes NetLearning by due date annually.
  5. Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
  6. Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures. 
  7. Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
  8. Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.
Minimum Qualifications
MS or MA in Speech Pathology required.
Work Experience
Two years experience with speech/language disorders, voice and laryngeal disorders preferred.
Special Training, Certification or Licensure
CPR/BLS required.  Current Colorado State License for Speech-Language Pathologist or Provisional Speech Language Pathologist required.  Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology from American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) within one year of employment required. 

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