Sanford Health Occupational Therapist - Feeding Disorders in Fargo, North Dakota
Job Title: Occupational Therapist | Feeding Disorders | Fargo
State: North Dakota
Department : Feeding Disorders Prtl Hosp-SU
Job Schedule: Full Time
Hours Per Shift: 8 hr
Assesses patients and designs occupational therapy treatments. Help patients to develop, maintain and recover their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. Testing and evaluating the physical and mental abilities of patients; developing realistic rehabilitation goals and administering appropriate occupational therapy programs. Modifying work and living environments based on patient assessments; teaching patients how to use adaptive equipment. Liaising with other professionals (e.g. doctors, social workers, etc.) to review evaluation results, integrate findings with other disciplines, offer recommendations and develop individual intervention plans. Recording patients' activities and progress and writing relevant reports; managing caseloads, prioritizing needs and completing administrative tasks (e.g. patient and budgetary records).
Creates a team environment of accountability and commitment for reaching project goals. Classifies symptoms using proper assessment and diagnosis techniques and communication skills. Adheres to legal regulations and organizational policies when discussing patient health information. Establishes and maintains productive working relationships within and outside of own area. Identifies the importance of monitoring patient responses and reactions during therapy. Demonstrates knowledge of development and delivery of patient education for diverse audiences. Seeks opportunities to serve as a mentor. Analyzes the physical mental and social components of an activity to develop a therapy plan. Utilizes the occupational therapy process to assess, treat and evaluate patient progress. Identifies common patient safety risks within the organization and how they can be avoided. Knowledge of the value of self-motivation and initiative; ability and willingness to seek out work and the drive to accomplish goals. Recognizes ethical requirements within own specialized areas of responsibility. Follows guidelines, regulations, standards and safety procedures in the therapy process.
The Sanford Pediatric Feeding Disorders Outpatient Program provides behavioral feeding therapy for children with feeding disorders that would not qualify for more intensive treatment programs. Treatment is based on empirically supported behavioral analytic approaches aimed at increasing feeding while decreasing refusal behaviors. Treatment consists of half hour sessions conducted 1-3 times a week. Under the supervision of the clinic supervisor and program director, the therapist will be responsible for conducting behavioral and feeding assessments, developing and implementing behavioral treatment protocols, training caregivers on treatment implementation, and evaluating the feeding progress. Training will be provided for interested applicants who do not have a background in behavioral analytic feeding treatment.
Outpatient feeding therapist duties are:
• Assess referrals to determine appropriateness for outpatient feeding program
• Conceptualize, design, implement, and analyze behavioral assessments and feeding treatment
• Record, graph, and analyze feeding data as necessary
• Communicate therapeutically with patients and caregivers
• Conduct caregiver training on feeding treatment protocols
• Communicate patient needs to clinical supervisor and director
• Provide feeding consultation to other professions
• Address patient and caregiver concerns
• Assist with employee training
• Write patient progress notes and treatment protocols in a timely manner
• Assist with implementing research protocols
Must be licensed in the state(s) of practice as Occupational Therapist.Must also be certified through the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). When applicable, may require valid driver's license. Obtains and subsequently maintains required department specific competencies and certifications. Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care providers required or within the first 60 days of employment. Appropriate education level required in accordance with state licensure.
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State: North Dakota
Job Function: Clinical Care
Job Schedule: Full Time
Req Number: req23969