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Occupational Therapist- Inpatient Setting- Geropsych

UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center – Seattle, WA

Overview Join our award-winning team at UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. We re proud of the acclaim we ve received for our excellence in patient care and safety. Among the local, regional and national recognition we ve received are:
  • The Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award
  • The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award
  • This is the second consecutive year Northwest Hospital has achieved both the Spine Surgery Excellence Award and a ranking among the top 10 percent in the nation for spine surgery.
  • The Stroke Care Excellence Award
  • Winner of the Health Grades Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety for the last three years in a row, were also one of the safest places to get care among the top 5% in the country.
UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest. Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit community hospital, offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services. With 281 beds, more than 1900 employees and a world-class medical staff, we provide innovative, technologically advanced care on a patient-friendly, easy-access campus just north of Seattle. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. As a UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.
Were interested in learning more about you and appreciate your taking the time to apply online. UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is committed to employing a diverse workforce. EOE
UW Medicine Northwest Hospital and Medical Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome job applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other protected characteristic. Minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans are encouraged to apply Responsibilities Plans and Evaluates Care, includes but is not limited to: Reviews physicians referral and diagnosis and patients medical record, history and background. Determines therapy treatment and develops long and short range goals. Evaluates and monitors patients progression and makes appropriate adjustments to treatment plan to achieve maximum benefit.
Provides, Progresses, and Documents Care, includes but is not limited to: Prior to therapy intervention, performs and documents an initial exam and evaluates data and diagnosis to identify problems. Administers treatments (including Easy Street and other treatment modalities) and activities to develop, improve, and/or restore functions, compensate for dysfunction, and/or minimize debilitation. Adapts techniques/media to the needs and capabilities of the patient. Follows established procedures; observes all safety precautions. Meets departmental standards for quality, customer service, and productivity. Records patients treatment, progress, and response in patients chart/computer record. Documents all therapy services rendered daily. Completes documentation and written communication in an accurate and timely manner. Demonstrates understanding of measures such as relative values (RVUs), Functional Independent Measure (FIM), and Patient Independence Profile (PIP). Submits charge tickets to reflect time spent with patients seen each day.
Provides for Continuing Care, includes but is not limited to: Performs re-evaluation of patients status and, when goals or projected outcomes have been attained or when otherwise appropriate, recommends discharging the patient from therapy. Formulates discharge and follow-up plan (including home treatment and activities) in collaboration with patient, family, and interdisciplinary team. Orients and trains patient and family on home treatment plan; communicates plan with home care services as applicable. Recommends and assists in the selection of safety equipment appropriate to the patients discharge environment. Recommends appropriate community resources.
Communication and Collaboration, includes but is not limited to: Participates in the hospital-wide Interdisciplinary Managed Care concept. Confers with patient, medical practitioners and appropriate others to plan, implement, and assess the treatment program and solve treatment problems. Observes and reports patients responses to the referring medical practitioner by progress notes, letters and verbal communication. Attends appropriate conferences and/or meetings pertaining to assigned patient.
Training and Leadership, includes but is not limited to: Trains and orients new employees. Supervises students, OT Assistants, support staff, and volunteers, as assigned. Develops and presents in-service education classes; participates in community education / awareness programs. Assists with organizational planning, and actively participates in the development and implementation of new programs, group programs, departmental performance improvement projects, and projects that ensure the department remains compliant with all regulatory requirements.
Equipment and Supplies, includes but is not limited to: Constructs and/or issues appropriate adaptive equipment, orthotic devices, etc. Complies with procedures for maintenance and cleaning of departmental supplies and equipment. Maintains the department, Easy Street treatment areas and patients rooms (when used as a treatment area) according to safety and general housekeeping procedures. Reports to the appropriate person in a timely manner when supplies and equipment need to be ordered or repaired.
Qualifications Education Background
  • Bachelor of Science degree and graduate of an accredited school of Occupational Therapy.
Licensure, Registration, Certification
  • Currently licensed in the State of Washington (or has obtained a temporary Washington State Occupational Therapy License)
Work Experience
  • Minimum of three months physical disability field work experience.
Special Training/Skills
  • Able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age and specific to the diagnosis of the patients served on assigned unit/department.
Physical Abilities
  • Able to transfer and transport patients safely using proper body mechanics.
  • Able to move around the hospital as much as four miles/day.
Physical Demand Level: Heavy In an 8-hour workday, must be able to- Lift / Carry 50 to 100 pounds occasionally 25 to 50 pounds frequently 10 to 20 pounds constantly
As required, must be able to- Sit, Stand, Walk, Bend, Squat, Kneel, Crawl, Climb and Reach above shoulders Push and Pull Perform fine motor functions Must possess functional vision, hearing, and speech in order to communicate effectively with clients, client advocates, and staff. AH123

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