Speech Language Pathology- (PRN)-Home Health
Children's Medical Center
Dallas, TX United States

Position Summary

The incumbent in this position is a staff therapist who participates in the evaluation and treatment of patients based upon current principles and practices of Speech-Language Pathology. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and Children’s Medical Center philosophy, policies, procedures and standards.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Patient Care

  • Provide direct patient evaluations and re-evaluations, including assessment of prior and current level of functioning, setting appropriate goals and making appropriate discharge recommendations in accordance with standards of practice
  • Provide direct patient treatments according to standards of practice, including patient and family education, progression of treatment plan and implementation of appropriate therapeutic interventions
  • Report on patient progress through appropriate written documentation including evaluation forms, progress notes, education forms and interdisciplinary rounds forms
  • Analyze tasks and adapt the environment, tools, materials, treatments to the needs of patients and their socio-cultural context
  • Conduct appropriate assessment of school or home environment (as appropriate), and identifies equipment needs relative to meet therapy needs and/or increase patient's functional independence
  • Design individual home programs and educate patients, family and ancillary personnel in specific procedure, equipment utilization and home programs
  • Complete safety assessments of patient's home setting and makes recommendations  and implements plans to increase safety through use of equipment, supplies, or social services
  • Determine appropriateness of patient’s response to treatment and consult with physician concerning modification to plan of care
  • Assure all re-evaluations for continuation of care are completed timely to ensure everything possible is completed to prevent a break in service for the patient
  • Interact with all patients, families, customers, visitors, and fellow employees in a mature, responsible, courteous manner to ensure a positive and professional environment

Care Coordination

  • Coordinate and prioritize own schedule in relation to demands of patient treatment, patient appointments with other professionals, and other departmental responsibilities
  • Maintain visit frequency for each patient on caseload to ensure plan of care compliance is met on a monthly basis. Organize patient coverage to meet plan of care compliance measures during vacations, illness, or other scheduling conflict that could result in a break in patient care
  • Collaborate with physicians, patients, family and other members of health care team relative to patient treatment and progress as well as other affiliated agencies with regard to effective discharge planning
  • Identify patient/family needs for other home care services and/or other services provided by the Organization and refers accordingly
  • Attend case conference meetings and interdisciplinary rounds to discuss patient progress and future needs with other professionals involved in care of the patient

Professional Development

  • Attend and participate in departmental meetings, in-services, rounds and peer reviews
  • Participate in continuing education programs or other opportunities for learning for continued professional competency
  • Precept and instruct fellows, interns and other students as indicated
  • Complete all mandatory education and annual requirements (orientation, credentialing requirements, etc.) timely to maintain licensure

Performance Improvement

  • Participate in program development as assigned by Clinical Therapy Manager
  • Maintain working knowledge of regulations pertaining to the various accreditation bodies and regulatory bodies for Home Care agencies and the Organization
  • Search for better ways of doing things by recommending or initiating suggestions for improvements for operations and services.
  • Ability to meet physical and non-physical demands as outlined in the job description is an essential function of the job

Qualifications

Education

  • Graduate or professional work or advanced degree; or equivalent experience required
  • Master's degree from an accredited Speech-Language Pathology program required

Licenses & Certifications

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from ASHA is required within one year from date of hire required
  • License to practice Speech-Language Pathology in the State of Texas required
  • Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR/BLS Certification required 
  • Current Texas Driver's License and automobile insurance required

Experience

  • Minimum 3-5 years of related experience required
  • Experience with the pediatric population required
  • Experience in the home care setting preferred

Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Must possess the ability to communicate with others in a clear, understandable and professional manner on the phone and in person; and the demonstrated use of good written and verbal communication skills
  • Must possess the ability to interact with peers, executives, patient families and other vendors in a manner that represents Children’s positively
  • Must possess the ability to maintain regular, reliable and punctual attendance
  • Must possess the ability to learn and apply new information, knowledge and experiences in a timely manner
  • Must possess the ability to be flexible and adaptable to change
  • Must possess the ability to work on multiple tasks and projects and to prioritize
  • Must possess the ability to provide clear and accurate direction, and the ability to train others
  • Must have reliable transportation/vehicle to complete job functions.
  • Must possess effective organizational skills and attention to detail; effective follow-through, and commitment to excellence

Physical Demands

  • Very Heavy - Exerting over 100 lbs. occasionally, 60-100 lbs. frequently, or up to 20-50 lbs. constantly.

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Job code: 28672
26991880