Speech Language Pathologist - Acute Care Per Diem

St Luke's University Health Network Coaldale , PA 18218

Posted 3 months ago

St. Luke's is proud of the skills, experience and compassion of its employees. The employees of St. Luke's are our most valuable asset! Individually and together, our employees are dedicated to satisfying the mission of our organization which is an unwavering commitment to excellence as we care for the sick and injured; educate physicians, nurses and other health care providers; and improve access to care in the communities we serve, regardless of a patient's ability to pay for health care.

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: Speech-Language Pathologist Per Diem/Reserve

DEPARTMENT: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

REPORTS: Clinical Manager Speech Language Pathology and Network Director, Inpatient Rehabilitation

JOB SUMMARY

Upon physician consult or referral, the Speech-Language Pathologist shall provide speech therapy services to patients/clients who have impairments, functional limitations, disabilities, or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or illness. The Speech-Language Pathologist shall provide prevention and wellness services, including screenings and health promotion. The therapist shall serve as a resource person for the team and the department and assists in the education and orientation of students, new staff therapists, physicians and other health care personnel. The Speech-Language Pathologist shall work within the practice guidelines as defined by Pennsylvania state law.

Pediatric (2 months 12 years) Adolescent (13-17 years) Adult (18-65 years)

Geriatric (66+ years)

The intent of this job description is to provide a representation and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
1.Ethical and Legal Considerations

  • Complies with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Ethical Conduct.

  • Abides by pertinent state and federal laws and regulations, including those applying to the state licensure laws

  • Administration of Speech-Language Pathology

  • Understands, promotes, and abides by the Statement of Mission, Purpose and goals set forth for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

  • Prioritizes, Implements and Documents evaluations and interventions in order to move patients to the next level of care in a safe, timely, and effective manner.

  • Adheres to the Standards of Practice and institutional policy and procedures that govern the conduct of professional activities and are consistent with the American Speech-Language Hearing Associations' (ASHA) positions, standards, guidelines, policies, procedures, and Code of Ethics.

  • Integrates ASHA documents, legislation, legal, and regulatory issues into practice.

  • Takes an active role in improving patient satisfaction and customer services through performance improvement initiatives, specifically in the areas of clinical outcomes, customer service, productivity, safety and operational systems/processes.

  • Demonstrates continued competence in regards to departmental and hospital specific competencies to ensure that the level of expertise within the services is appropriate to the needs of the patients/clients served.

  • Participates in opportunities for professional growth.

  • Modifies behavior based on selfevaluation, awareness of own strengths and limitations, and constructive feedback from peers.

  • Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team as appropriate to provide the highest quality of care to patients/clients.

  • Patient/Client Management

  • Demonstrates knowledge of Speech-Language Pathology in the Acute Care

  • Demonstrates ability to carryout primary responsibilities for daily department operations.

  • Establishes and maintains an ongoing client centered collaborative process of decision- making that exists throughout the provision of services.

  • Provides accurate and timely documentation(within 2 hours of intervention)

  • Performs speech therapy evaluations in a technically competent manner that minimizes risk to the patient, self and others by selecting reliable and valid evaluation methods that are relevant to the chief complaint and history of the patient.

  • Interprets and uses clinical findings to establish a diagnosis and prognosis within the practitioner's knowledge base.

  • In collaboration with the patient, the patient's family, caregivers and other members of the multidisciplinary team, establishes appropriate plan of care based on clinical evaluation that takes into consideration impairments, functional limitations, resultant disabilities, functional outcomes, and patient's goals.

  • Make suitable discharge recommendation based on identified impairments, resultant functional limitations, and disabilities.

  • Makes recommendations/referral to appropriate entities and DME necessary to ensure safe discharge.

  • Provides, or directs and supervises the speech therapy intervention that is consistent with the results of the clinical evaluation.

  • Performs technically competent interventions based on the plan of care.

  • Adapts interventions to meet the individual needs and response of the patient/client.

  • Performs reevaluations as necessary during an episode of care to evaluate the progress or change in status and modifies or discontinues the plan of care accordingly.

  • Identifies the need for reevaluation based upon achievement of goals, progress or lack of progress, change in patient status, and response to interventions provided.

  • Provides appropriate and timely communication

  • Produces documentation that is accurate, concise, and timely; within 2 hours of intervention provided.

  • Produces documentation that is consistent with the multidisciplinary team.

  • Attends Case Management/Interdisciplinary rounds and provides timely communication of information to other members of the multidisciplinary team necessary for the effective delivery of care.

  • Responds constructively to the needs of all those with whom he/she interacts with on a daily basis.

  • Serves as a role model of excellent customer service and patient care.

  • Assesses and monitors customer satisfaction and responds promptly to voices and identified concerns.

  • Maintains minimum productivity standards set forth for a staff speech therapist.

OTHER FUNCTIONS:

  • Education

  • Educates and provides consultation to the consumers and the general public regarding the roles of speech therapist and other support personnel.

  • Attends a minimum of 1 presentation per year and provides a presentation every 2 years.

  • Participates in special events organized in the practice setting related to patients/clients and the delivery of care.

  • Maintains a minimum of Thirty (30) credit hours every three (3) years as mandated by the Speech-Language Pathology Practice Act.

  • Takes responsibility for individual professional and career development.

  • Participates in the education of students and serves as Clinical Instructor to at least 1 student per two year period.

  • Research

  • Participates in the research process as appropriate to individual education, experience and expertise.

  • Critically evaluates published research articles relevant to speech therapy and applies newly learned information to clinical practice in order to provide optimal patient care.

  • Distinguishes practices based on traditional beliefs from practices that are evidence based.

  • Supports ongoing clinical practice.

  • Participates in research activities as negotiated with the Director, as well as other disciplines, to explore, validate and direct the delivery of care for specific patient populations.

Community Responsibility: Educates patients or other individuals, groups, or communities on health promotion, prevention, and wellness by providing information on impairment, disease, disability, and health risks related to age, gender, culture and lifestyle.

  • Maintains confidentiality of all materials handled within the Network/Entity as well as the proper release of information.

  • Complies with the Network and departmental policies and procedures regarding

  • Demonstrates/models the Network's Service Excellence Standards of Performance in interaction with all customers internal and external.

  • Demonstrates Performance Improvement in the following areas as appropriate: Clinical Care/Outcomes, Customer Service/Service Improvement, Operational System/Process, and Safety.

  • Demonstrates financial responsibility and accountability through the effective and efficient use of resources in daily procedures, processes and practices.

  • Complies with Network and departmental policies and procedures regarding time, attendance and dress code.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Please complete your application using your full legal name and current home address. Be sure to include employment history for the past seven (7) years, including your present employer. Additionally, you are encouraged to upload a current resume, including all work history, education, and/or certifications and licenses, if applicable. It is highly recommended that you create a profile at the conclusion of submitting your first application. Thank you for your interest in St. Luke's!!

St. Luke's University Health Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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