Job Summary: Under general supervision is responsible for providing speech, language and dysphagia services to patients which includes; evaluations, planning individual patient care programs, treatments, and home programs.
- Consistently uses an outward mindset and puts forth exemplary effort in accomplishing his/her goals and objectives in a manner that helps others to achieve their goals and objectives.
- Performs patient evaluations and administers treatment for speech language and swallowing disorders.
- Designs and revises plans of care and goals
- Provides written and/or verbal reports to physicians.
- Completes documentation according to unit standards and regulatory requirements.
- Participates in in-service education programs.
- Keeps abreast of current trends and developments in speech and swallowing disorders.
- Participates in related activities such as patient care committees, case conferences, personnel orientation, community education projects and in-service education.
- Attends staff meetings
Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Clinical Fellow status or Certificate of Clinical Competence. Current license in the State of Michigan to practice as a Speech Language Pathologist. BLS certification.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Experience with all age groups preferred. Experience with ventilator dependent patients and modified barium swallow studies desirable. Must demonstrate basic computer skills. Experience with ventilator dependent patients and swallow studies requiring gastrographen, barium, or blue-dye preferred. Ability to communicate effectively and organize daily work according to patient needs. Knowledgeable of the principles and practices of communicative disorders including; dysphagia, and other disciplines. Ability to evaluate, plan and implement therapy including dysphagia rehabilitation program for individual patients. Ability to explain, demonstrate and teach speech and swallowing rehabilitative measures. Ability to work effectively with others in an inter-disciplinary team relationship. Ability to be self-directing and to seek direction and consultation as needed. Able to communicate clearly verbally and in writing. Knowledgeable of Speech Pathology's professional scope of practice, clinical duties, responsibilities, and, treatment practices as stated in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Code of Ethics. Knowledgeable of the impact medications, mental health, physical, and occupational therapy treatments may have on a patient's recovery. Skill to communicate and work effectively with professional, assistive, and voluntary co-workers as a team member. Skill to organize daily work by priority of patient needs. Professional skill level in evaluating, interpreting results of evaluation, planning, and, implementing treatment plan for a wide variety of speech and language disorders. Ability to self-direct daily work responsibilities, timeliness in meeting appointments and documentation deadlines, attitude when upset or emotional, professional consultation and direction when needed. Demonstrates flexibility to meet Home Care and Hospital needs. Demonstrates interest in personal and professional growth.
Working Conditions: Potentially exposed to infectious diseases. Frequent exposure to radiation in a controlled protective setting. May work in an unpredictable home environment with variation is cleanliness, temperature, behaviors, smoke, animals, and other potential hazards.
Physical Requirements: Constantly stand, walk, reach, see/visual acuity, handle/grasp/feel, talk/hear. Frequently sit, lift/carry 1 to 25 lbs. Occasionally lift/carry 25 to 50+ lbs.