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Occupational Therapist - In-Patient - Per Diem

Location: Bristol
Posted on: July 8, 2024

Job Description:

Job Details


Job Location
BHI Bristol Hospital Main Cam - Bristol, CT

Position Type
Per Diem

Education Level
4 Year Degree

Job Shift

Job Summary

At Bristol Health, we begin each day caring today for your tomorrow. We have been an integral part of our community for the past 100 years. We are dedicated to providing the best possible care and service to our patients, residents and families. We are committed to provide compassionate, quality care at all times and to uphold our values of Communication, Accountability, Respect and Empathy (C.A.R.E.). We are Magnet - and received the 2020 Press Ganey Leading Innovator award for our rapid adoption and implementation of healthcare solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Use your expertise, compassion, and kindness to transform the patient experience. Make a difference. Make Bristol Health your choice.

Assesses patient needs for Occupational Therapy and related therapeutic services, develops treatment plans and goals in consultation with other treatment team members, and conducts therapy programs designed to restore normal functioning and enhance patients' well-being.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

Evaluates patient to determine treatment needs.

  • Gathers pertinent information from the medical record, 1.e. diagnosis, history, nature of referral prior to examining the patient.
  • Appropriately utilizes testing procedures, observations, interview techniques, formal and informal evaluation tools to assess patient status. Identifies patient problem areas in preparation for establishing treatment goals and plan. Completes initial evaluation findings on Occupational Therapy evaluation sheet.
  • Establishes realistic objective and measurable goals aimed at patient improvement. Plans Rx program based on evaluation.
    • Formulates therapy Rx plans and goals specific for each patient which are designed to help patient regarding normal physical and/or mental functioning, adjusting to handicaps, attaining maximum independence, restoring occupational and social skills, etc. Demonstrates clear understanding of indications/contradictions for each modality and treatment technique.
    • Designs treatment program in collaboration with physicians, allied health team, patient and family.
    • Establishes a treatment program which includes activities aimed at efficient progression toward goal attainment. Including but not limited to: teaching new occupation skills, enhancing physical dexterity, providing support, teaches patient to enhance adjustment to and acceptance of disabilities. Documents and individualized and current treatment plans, short and long term goals. Administers treatment program in accordance with accepted standards of care and current knowledge.
      • Administers treatment program upon receiving written physician orders. Schedules patient for treatment session, coordinating treatment times with team members. Carries out all Rx programs and activities taking patient needs, intelligence, physical/mental capabilities and interests into consideration.
      • Reviews medical record prior to each treatment session to ascertain current patient status. Utilizes appropriate skills and techniques in the delivery of patient care based on scientific facts and accepted rehabilitation therapy. Adheres to department protocols for specific patient populations (e.g. amputees, cardiac patient, total joint replacement, etc.
      • Complies with department and hospital safety practices in maintaining a safe treatment environment. Demonstrates safe and appropriate utilization of support personnel in the implementation of patient care programs.
      • Utilizes treatment time effectively allowing for multiple simultaneities treatment programs when necessary and equal distribution of workload. Monitors results of treatment and alters programs as necessary.
        • Observes patient for any adverse reaction to treatment, documenting significant changes in patient status and notifying appropriate personnel. Consistently evaluates outcome of car rendered and patient response to treatment. (+) Periodically re-evaluates patient to ensure attainment of goals. Standards: Inpatients to be re-evaluated every 5-7 days, outpatients every 2 weeks.
        • Alters treatment goals and programs as appropriate to meet changing needs of patients. Takes any supportive steps required to sustain patients motivation, cooperation and commitment to purse Rx goals and objectives. Maintains necessary patient and department records.
          • Documents patient's progress in medical records at appropriate intervals utilizing soap note format. Minimum frequency of 3x/week for inpatients, 1x/week for outpatients. Meets documentation criteria established by Q/A Peer Review Committee. Writes progress notes that are concise, clear, individualized and timely. Ensures a written prescription is obtained for all patients.
          • Submits concise written evaluation, Rx plans, progress reports, home programs and discharge summaries. Maintains daily log of patient's attendance and treatment. Reports outpatient progress to physician through completion of bimonthly report.
          • Completes necessary third party paperwork to ensure reimbursement for services rendered. Submits other reports as requested. Follows established departmental procedures in ordering supplies, equipment and therapy programs and services. Collaborates with physicians, peers and other disciplines in the planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care.
            • Coordinates rehabilitation plan of care with physicians, peers, and other health care team members. Makes appropriate referrals to other disciplines based on identified patient needs.
            • Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings. (+) Documents all team communication and conferences.
            • Communicates all pertinent patient information when absent from department to ensure continuity of care. Effectively communicates patient program and progress in other team members to ensure appropriate follow through. Seeks and utilizes knowledge peer's knowledge and ideas in program development and evaluation.
            • Clarifies information on orders which are not precise. Maintains cooperative working relationship with professional staff and other community health and welfare agencies. Provides teaching to patients and family members.
              • Educates patients and family about injury/disease process, expected results, and treatments progression. Instructs patient and family in exercise program and provides clear, concise written program for patient to follow.
              • Ensures that any standardized home program form has been individualized to the needs of the patient. Demonstrates to other health care professionals the most effective means of assisting or directing patient to obtain rehabilitation goals.
              • Requests proper documentation of rehabilitation program by the patient, family or other health care professionals. Periodically re-evaluates any home program provided to the patient to ensure maximum progression and patient performance and safety. Prepares patient for discharge through established discharge plans and appropriate follow up.
                • Implements a multi-disciplinary approach to discharge planning involving physician, discharge coordinators, and other health care professionals as appropriate. Plans and coordinates discharge activities with patient and family involvement.
                • Meets weekly with Home Care and Social Services to discuss patient's rehab status and discharge needs. Completes necessary discharge paperwork including inter-agency referrals and discharge summaries. Notifies physician of impending discharge when patient no longer requires rehabilitation services. Educates and acts as a resource for occupational therapy students, aides, volunteers and new employees.
                  • Delegates responsibility according to the individuals' capability and training. Provides teaching inservices to department and hospital personnel as assigned. Observes and provides prompt feedback on performance.
                  • Assists in orientation and training of students, aides, volunteers and new employees. Promotes problem-solving skills. Accepts all responsibilities of student supervisor. Participates in ongoing quality assurance activities.
                    • Maintains clinical competency in areas listed on the Skill Inventory Checklist. Participates in peer chart review process. Reports all variances and unusual occurrences to department director. Incident reports are filed within 24 hours of occurrence.
                    • Engages in self and peer evaluation of Occupational Therapy Services. (+) Evaluates consumer feedback and makes appropriate adjustments. (+) Contributes to development of Q/A indicators. Assumes responsibility for own professional development and growth.
                      • Recognizes need for and seeks guidance from appropriate source. Serves as a resource person to team members.
                      • Regularly evaluates professional areas of strength and weakness and develops a plan to meet learning needs.
                      • Attends mandatory inservice education including CPR, Health Safety Expo, Infection Control and department inservices.
                      • Maintains current knowledge of rehabilitation treatment techniques. Seeks learning opportunities for professional development. Remains informed of department practices through attendance and department meetings.
                      • Shares knowledge gained from course/seminar attendance by providing timely inservice to staff.
                      • Demonstrates an interest in the enhancement of rehabilitation profession through understanding of medical information, regulations applicable laws and legislation. Participates in appropriate department sponsored consultation and educational programs. Serving on committees and work groups as assigned. Participates in evaluation, change and development of rehabilitation services.
                        • Contributes to the assessment and development of department objectives. Demonstrates a concern for updating treatment policies/procedures when necessary or appropriate.
                        • Periodically re-evaluates effectiveness of services. (+) Participates in development of new programs. Demonstrates an active involvement and interest in department changes.


                          Educational / Minimum Requirements:

                          Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy

                          State/Federal Mandated Licensure or Certification Requirements:

                          Current Connecticut Licensure. CEU's as mandated by the State of Connecticut.

                          Bristol Hospital Mandated Educational Requirements:

                          General orientation at time of hire. Fire/Safety/Infection Control annually. Other programs as mandated by Hospital. CPR annually.

                          Special Requirements:

                          Excellent written and oral interpersonal communication skills.

                          For Home Care Agency: Must have a car to drive to home visits and a valid Connecticut driver's license in good standing; $100,000-$300,000 automobile liability insurance.

                          Physical Requirements:

                          Physical agility including but not limited to ambulating, including prolonged walking and mobility within the Hospital setting, sitting, prolonged standing, kneeling, bending, twisting, and reaching. Lifting over 50 lbs. 20 times daily and under 50 lbs. 30 times daily. Ability to verbalize so that an average person can comprehend.

                          Work Environment:

                          Frequent exposure to body fluids, occasional exposure to hazardous chemicals. Exposure to stressful situations. Personal contact and varied levels of customers.

                          Cognitive Requirements:

                          Demonstrates an awareness of proper body mechanics and safety in lifting, transferring and guarding patients. Basic math skills.


                          The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Keywords: BRISTOL HOSPITAL GROUP, Bristol , Occupational Therapist - In-Patient - Per Diem, Healthcare , Bristol, Connecticut

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