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Provides wide range of occupational therapy services to patients of West Virginia University Hospitals. Under the supervision of the staff occupational therapist, the occupation therapy assistant works independently and in consultation of referring physicians with guidance of the supervisory personnel, organizing treatments to meet established criteria and proper documentation in patients' medical records.
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSURE:
1. Associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant
2. Current or temporary licensure in the state of Pennsylvania. Permanent licensure obtained within 90 days of hire.
3. Obtain certification in Basic Life Support within 30 days of hire date.
1. One year acute hospital experience preferred.
CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The statements described here are intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities and duties. Other duties may be assigned.
1. Implements the treatment programs established by the OTR for assigned patients to identify, prevent, and to minimize physical disabilities and/or pain of patient. Determines/revises priorities for direct/indirect patient care activities based on patient need and available resources; collaborates with nursing to update appropriate algorithms for safe patient handling. Documents all treatments, according to department policies and procedures, as monitored by supervision. Reviews with supervising therapist all assigned patients, at least two times per week, in order to assure appropriateness of treatment plan, as monitored by supervision.
2. Participates in the Performance Improvement program of the Rehabilitation Services department with emphasis on occupational therapy, to assure the delivery of appropriate, timely, and cost-effective services.
3. Participates in education and training of West Virginia University staff, students, patients, and family members to assure the appropriate delivery of care and to achieve the WVU Hospital mission.
4. Maintains professional competence and proficiency to assure services consistent with national and professional standards of care.
5. Participates in meeting the goals and objectives of the work unit and department to ensure that the department contributes to the attainment of the hospital's goals and objectives.
6. Submits accurate charges for services rendered for patients, according to departmental policies and procedures utilizing the billing system via the patient's EMR.
7. Maintains proper attendance and punctuality to ensure that the hospital is operated in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
8. Carries out oversight responsibilities to ensure supervision of students and volunteers.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends minimizing the need for employees to manually lift patients, and limit safe patient handling to 35 pounds. All transfers, lifts and re-positioning will be completed utilizing the lift equipment and/or other patient handling aids as indicated by the patient's profile and appropriate algorithms.
2. Heavy/Hard work: Work requires strength and/or stamina, lifting, moving, stooping, reaching, standing, walking, and carrying of materials and equipment weighing 40+lbas.
3. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. Clinical Setting.
Scheduled Weekly Hours:
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