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PRN - Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Fort Smith, Arkansas

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Job # 416479 Date posted 09/11/2021

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Certified Occupation Therapy Assistant - PRN

Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Fort Smith is a joint venture partnership between Kindred Healthcare and Mercy. This brand new state of the art, 50 bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital provides care for adults recovering from conditions such as stroke, neurological disease, injury to the brain or spinal cord and other debilitating illnesses or injuries. Kindred and Mercy are also partners for rehabilitation hospitals in Oklahoma City, St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri.

With more than 25 standalone inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) across a dozen states, Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services (KHRS) is a partner of choice for many major hospital systems in the creation and success of joint-venture operations that outperform in both clinical and financial outcomes. We bring proven rehabilitation management and services expertise that benefits our partners as well as the nearly 50,000 IRF patients we see each year who seek to recover and get home quickly from any of a number of conditions, including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopedic injury, neurological conditions, amputation and trauma.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant functions under the direct supervision of the Occupational Therapist and as directed by a licensed physician is responsible for a specific patient’s care.  The COTA assumes responsibility and accountability for providing occupational therapy modalities and treatment procedures as determined by a treatment plan established by an Occupational Therapist in order to restore function and prevent disability following patient illness or injury.  The COTA carries out these responsibilities in accordance with established hospital and departmental policies while maintaining the highest degree of quality patient care.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Job Specific:

  • Under guidance of supervising OTR/L: Acquires pertinent information and implements comprehensive program using varied techniques and treatment activities; reviews and modifies treatment in response to changing patient needs; identifies equipment and discharge needs.
  • Is aware of patient injury/diagnosis and takes all necessary precautions for observing indications and contradictions.
  • Provides treatment to diverse diagnostic populations and completes supporting documentation according to hospital policy and State Practice Act.
  • Observes treatment affect, accomplishment of short and long term goals and recommends change to the supervising OTR/L, if needed.
  • Communicates collaborates with support personnel regarding treatment orders as directed by the supervising OTR/L.
  • Conducts the class/group situations (stroke, SCI, BI) as appropriate.
  • When necessary, instructs care giver/family members in home exercise program as related to the patient’s functional and self-care status: discusses necessary equipment for the home situation.
  • Complies with department, hospital, and regulatory agency guidelines with respect to ethics, legal issues and supervisory relationships.  Demonstrates professional accountability per AOTA Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
  • Demonstrates appropriate and effective written, verbal and non-verbal communication with team members through the continuum of care.
  • Completes timely and accurate documentation, including QI scoring, of patient treatment in the patient medical record as indicated
  • The population is adult and geriatric patients requiring an adult medical rehabilitation program and services.
  • Able to assess patient pain interfering with optimal level of function of participation in rehabilitation; makes appropriate interventions to reduce pain after consulting with supervising OTR/L and makes appropriate physician contact as indicated.
  • Protects patient confidentiality in regard to medical, emotional, and social status.
  • Keeps the supervising therapist informed of patient’s status, problem areas, progress, etc.
  • Perceives the existence of problems and notifies supervising therapist for implementation of safe, effective and timely solutions.
  • Demonstrates appropriate safety measures when implementing treatment programs.
  • Provides input/suggestions for the physical functioning of the department in the areas of equipment management, space utilization, storage, etc.
  • Assists in inventory and ordering of supplies and equipment.
  • Assists in maintenance of safe, clean work environment.
  • Assists in preparation/maintenance of daily treatment schedule.
  • Develops home programs and instructs patients in the programs as delegated by the supervising occupational therapist.
  • Provides written and updated treatment/coverage programs for days off.
  • Performs discharge planning under the direct supervision of the OTR/L (prescriptions, equipment requests, and referrals).
  • Reports on patient’s status at patient care in team conference when necessary.  (Team conferences should be attended by the supervising OTR/L and with the COTA in attendance.)
  • Assists in program development and preparation to meet regulatory agency standards i.e. Joint Commission, CARF.
  • Observes, measures and records the cardiovascular responses of heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation.
  • Plans and presents educational programs for department; hospital and/or community.
  • Provides orientation, instruction, supervision and/or guidance to ancillary staff, COTA students, and volunteers.
  • May transport patients/equipment to/from therapy gym.
  • Uses computer system to assist in preparation/maintenance/printing of work list and entering of charges.
  • Utilizes specialized equipment, testing procedures and/or advanced treatment techniques with appropriate competency
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Current state licensure/certification as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
  • Previous experience in the care of patients preferred.
  • Current BLS/CPR.
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  • Benefits and Recognition

    Benefits & Recognition Our goal is to offer valuable compensation and incentive programs that enables us to attract, reward, retain, and motivate highly qualified individuals. Compensation can include bonus plans and recognition for going above & beyond.

  • Healthcare

    Healthcare We offer a variety of Health Savings Account (HSA) and PPO plan options.

  • 401(k) Plan

    401(k) Plan Employees can contribute pre-tax dollars through payroll deduction.

  • Paid Time Off

    Paid Time Off Your work/life balance is important to us. We offer our employees a flexible Paid Time Off program.

  • Wellness Program

    Wellness Program We offer tools, resources and support for weight loss, stress reduction, smoking cessation and making overall healthier choices.

  • Community

    Community Community involvement is consistent with our company's principles and with our mission of customer service and quality care.

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Rehabilitation is the key to everything we do. And our caring, compassionate caregivers and team members are proud to lead the way. If you are interested in joining our team, we have opportunities that allow you to provide exceptional care and outstanding service in an environment committed to career growth and continual learning and support.

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