Job Summary
Employment Type
Full Time
Years Experience
1 - 3 years
Bonus/Commission
No
Job Description

We Want You to Join our Team

Southeast Alaska is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes, proudest Native cultures, and thriving pioneer spirits. SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) helps to keep it healthy.

A healthcare career with us, means becoming a central contributor protecting Alaskan lives and communities. If you long for a lifestyle that includes combining rewarding work with fresh air, outdoor adventure, and living among neighbors who know your name and always happy to see you, SEARHC has your job solution.

This position is based in the Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center (MEMC) Rehabilitation Services Department with a primary focus on providing general Occupational Therapy (OT) evaluations and treatments which impact patient’s functional abilities.  The Occupational Therapist performs in a professional manner, respects confidentiality, and demonstrates qualities endorsed by following the Seven Standards for Service Excellence outlined in the SEARHC Human Resources Manual.  Services are to be provided in compliance with hospital and Home Health standards, licensure requirements, regulatory and practice standards of Occupational Therapy and the national professional guidelines established by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Occupational Therapists are health care professionals responsible and accountable for patient assessment, evaluation, establishing a plan of care and providing therapeutic interventions to assist people of a wide range of ages, diagnoses, abilities, skills and needs to optimize their quality of life and level of independence in activities of daily living.  The clinic needs to be able to inform clinical teams regarding decisions that involve OT while taking into consideration consultation provided by other care providers.  As patients are seen, recommendations may be made regarding their level of independence and rehabilitation needs which may impact services, care placement and further treatment.  The incumbent shall also demonstrate accountability for the contribution to program development, quality improvement, problems solving and productivity enhancement in a flexible interdisciplinary fashion.  Documenting and processing interventions appropriately must be followed for continuity of care and reimbursement for services. 

The position may require occasional travel off site and out of town to provide services outside of MEMC.  This job can involve working in a small space, at a demanding pace with a variety of people and sometimes difficult personalities and situations; good judgment, tact and personal skills are necessary for positive working relationships between patients and co-workers.  This job involves potential risks that the therapist must work to avoid to the extent possible.  Exposure to infectious organisms is possible; use of precautions and appropriate protective equipment is necessary.  Latex may be present in the work place.  The job may require repetitive or heavy lifting, up to 50 pounds with physically demanding movements and positions; practice of good body mechanics and good judgment.  Services may be provided in a variety of settings including in-patient, out-patient, off-site locations, community events, home visits and remote locations.  There may be occasional travel to remote areas by boat or plane for multiple days possible in harsh weather.  This position is a covered position under the Indian Child Protection Act (ICPA).

Education

  • Entry level qualifying Master’s or Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited program or graduate from an OATA approved program of Occupational Therapy at the Baccalaureate level with 2 years proven work and continuing education experience that indicates applicant has mastered the knowledge base that would be taught in a Master’s program.

Experience

  • 2 years clinical experience providing occupational therapy to all ages.
  • Experience serving CVA, pediatric population, auto immune disorders and people with physical disabilities preferred
  • Experience with outpatient orthopedics and hand therapy including splinting and fabrication of custom orthoses preferred

License and Certifications

  • Licensed as an Occupational Therapist
  • Certification in Occupational Therapy by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
  • Basic Life Support Certification
  • Valid Driver’s License

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Physiology of the musculoskeletal, sensory, cognitive and visual perceptual systems, in order to select and administer a variety of client specific standardized assessments, being able to select the most appropriate test for a specific client and implement treatments accordingly.
  • Various techniques for providing sound assessments, evaluations, treatment planning, and treatments for patients presenting various diagnosis with functional deficits among the general population.
  • Various regulations and practice standards as they relate to OT including billing mechanisms (Medicaid, Medicare and third party payers) that may be available for patient equipment and service.

Skills in:

  • Assessment and treatment of deficits in performance component skills (musculoskeletal, sensory, cognitive, visual perceptual, emotional).
  • Assessment of deficits in occupational function (work, leisure and activities of daily living) and the ability to design and implement interventions (in collaboration with the patient and family) which optimizes patient’s independence and quality of life valued occupational tasks and roles.
  • Assessment of patient’s need for and use of assistive devices (including orthotics/splints), Durable Medical Equipment (including seating and wheelchairs), modified techniques and advise regarding environmental modifications which would assist the patient to optimize their safety, participation and independence in daily occupations.
  • Oral and written communication. Effective daily documentation of written psychosocial reports client progress notes, narrative summaries, as well as in training clinical and non-clinical staff; consulting with upper management, outside agencies, organizations and subordinates; networking with other providers in the community; and proficient in public speaking.
  • Utilizing information technology.  Proficiency with computers including multiple software applications, interface with multiple programs.  Use of technologies such as laptops, tablets and imaging devices.

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, teachers, community members and non-OT service professionals of any level of understanding. Ability to translate complex OT service diagnoses, evaluations, and therapies into simple oral and written language that others can understand.
  • Deliver treatment techniques and assist patient mobility while keeping patients and self-safe; allowing the therapist to work effectively with patients and their families for proven therapeutic progress.
  • Exercise sound judgment in all aspects of employment such as patient care, work place safety and employee relations.

Job ID: 280773096

SEARHC
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