POSITION DESCRIPTION

 

JOB TITLE &CODE:

Speech Pathologist (60194)

DEPARTMENT:

Rehabilitation Services

REPORTS TO:

Manager

FLSA STATUS:

Exempt

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POSITION SUMMARY: Provides full range of speech therapy services to patients of West Virginia University Hospitals.The staff speech therapist works independently and in consultation of referring physicians with guidance of supervisory personnel, organizing treatments to meet established criteria and proper documentation in patientsí medical records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSURE:

1.

Masterís Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

2.

Current or temporary licensure in state of West Virginia.Permanent licensure within 90 days of hire OR if a recent graduate, must be working toward completion of Clinical Fellowship with a current provisional West Virginia license.

3.

Obtain certification in Basic Life Support within 30 days of hire date.

 

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

EXPERIENCE:

1.

One year acute hospital experience preferred.

2.

Experience with instrumental swallow studies including Modified Barium Swallow Studies and/or FEES 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.

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Provides coordinated and comprehensive patient care including assessment, expected outcomes, rehabilitation interventions and evaluation with an interdisciplinary team approach.

2.

Evaluates speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive-linguistic needs and develops and implements the treatment programs for assigned patients to provide coordinated and comprehensive patient care including assessment, expected outcomes, and rehabilitation interventions within an interdisciplinary team approach.Determines/revises priorities for direct/indirect patient care activities based on patient need and available resources. Documents all treatments, according to department policies and procedures, as monitored by supervision, by documentation review, and consultation with M.D.

3.

Performs evaluation of patient response to tasks performed and delegated; including Patient profile Assessment for safe patient handling.

4.

Participates in the Performance Improvement program of the Rehabilitation Services department with emphasis on speech therapy, to assure the delivery of appropriate, timely, and cost-effective services.

5.

Supervises assigned graduate assistants/interns, students and volunteers. Assigns schedules for students to participate in evaluation and treatment of patients conducted in the hospital setting. Approves graduate student lesson plans, reports, documentation in hospital charts, or appropriate written communication for assigned patients. Provides feedback to students during supervised sessions. Discusses techniques, goals, and materials to be used in therapy sessions. Provides written evaluation of student performance at the end of the semester.

6.

Participates in meeting the goals and objectives of the work unit and department to ensure that the department contributes to the attainment of the hospitalís goals and objectives.

7.

Maintains proper attendance and punctuality to ensure that the hospital is operated in an efficient and cost effective manner.

8.

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.

 

 

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 patientís 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+lbs.

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.

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Clinical setting.,

 

 

 

 

 

Date Reviewed/Revised:†† October 2019