The VA Saint Louis Health Care System is recruiting for a highly qualified and motivated Speech Pathologist for Surgery Service splinting time between our our John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Division.
Applies advanced theories and techniques to special patient populations,
Provide professional advice and counseling, and provides consultation in specialized areas of speech-language pathology such as dysphagia, tramatic brain injury, ect.
Manages complex and difficult patients with multiple physical, sensory, motor, cognitive or other issues that complicate communication or swallowing status.
Exercises independit clinical judgement and adapts clinical procedures and techniques to accommadate age-specific and unique patient conditions, needs, and expectations.
Evaluates patients to determine nature, type and severity of speech, language, voice, cognitive and swallowing disorders using a full range of diagnostic tests, instruments, techniques, past, ect.
Plans, coordinates and implements a full range of patient-focuses treatment services designed to optomize function.
Consults with Physicans and other health care practicies related to diagnostic evaluation and treatment.
Documents in the medical record: evaluations, diagnostic and clinical opinion, treatment plans, outcomes of treatment, changes in functional status, Minimum Data Set (MDS) and patient.family education.
Attends interdisciplinary team meeting, participates with other health care practitioners to address global needs of the patient; advises on diagnostic and treatment of high risk patients.
Other duties as assigned
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this vacancy
Designated and/or random drug testing required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to service a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
The work involves moderate to high physical activity. Duties including performing autopsies, gross dictation of surgical samples, use of the computer to accession specimens, and cutting frozen tissue for staining. Walking 15 min, standing 3hrs, repeated bending 15 min, specific visual requirement, read typewritten material, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Emotional and Mental Stability, Color vision absolutely essential.
GS-9 - Education and Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-11 - Education and Experience. Completion of 1 year of professional experience as an S-LP equivalent to the next lower level, [or] 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree, or doctoral degree in speech-language pathology, communication disorders, or a directly related field. For positions involved in research S-LP assignments involving no direct patient care, no additional education or professional experience is required beyond those identified at the GS-9 level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the [knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) identified for the assignment].
[a.] Knowledge of principles and techniques used in speech pathology;
[b.] Ability to evaluate and interpret data;
[c.] Ability to communicate information effectively to patients and significant others;
[d.] Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;
[e.] Ability to function as a constructive member of a team;
[f.] Knowledge of principles and techniques in diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia;
[g.] Knowledge of, and ability to develop and implement, comprehensive treatment plans.
GS-12 - Licensure. [T]he incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.
Education and Experience. Completion of 1 year of professional experience comparable to the next lower level and possession of a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice speech-language pathology. For positions engaged in research S-LP assignments involving no direct patient care, completion of a doctoral degree in speech-language pathology, communication disorders, or a related field is fully qualifying. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the [KSAs identified for the assignment].
[a,] Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies;
[b.] Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures sufficient to perform clinical services
[c.] Ability to conduct assessments, provide treatment interventions, and provide consultation to other health care professionals;
[d.] Knowledge of instrumentation used in speech-language pathology;
[e.] Knowledge of principles and techniques used in alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems, diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia, and cognitive-communication disorders;
[f.] Knowledge of principles and techniques used in voice disorders including alaryngeal and trach/ventilator-dependent patients; and
[g.] Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary speech-language pathology practice.
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