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Lab Therapist Description
Critically appraises research literature to identify appropriate evidence for implementation
Knowledge of current evidence base and has skills to seek/review/select new evidence
Weighs recommendations from researchers related to feasibility, patient appropriateness, and our established OT evidence base
Understands frameworks for knowledge translation and implications and evidence based strategies for generating practice change
Expert in treatment parameters: Optimal intervention intensity, active ingredients, dose; Impairment, activity, participation factors; Feedback, cueing, errorful/errorless learning; Restoration/Compensation; Generalization/Transfer
Communicates with innovation center therapists regarding treatment plans
Discusses evidence, patient/family factors, treatment parameters
Verbalizes clinical reasoning to both therapists and research scientists
Disseminates information within Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, continuum of care, and Alliance sites
Disseminates information through conference presentations
Hand Therapist Summary
Delivers evidence based interventions for the arm post orthopedic, neurologic, or burn injuries. Assesses and develops a plan of care using best practices.
General Job Description Summary
Selects appropriate evaluation procedures and directs patient's participation in selected tasks to restore or maximize independence in daily living skills. Facilitates learning of skills and functions essential for adaptation and productivity. Participates in department's clinical education program.
Consistently demonstrates support of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (SRALab) statement of Mission and Philosophy by striving for excellence, contributing to the team efforts and showing respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of the SRALab.
Demonstrates SRALab Core Attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility/Adaptability, Judgment/Problem Solving, Customer Service and SRALab Values (Hope, Compassion, Discovery, Collaboration, & Commitment to Excellence) while fulfilling job duties.
1. Performs departmental responsibilities that support efficient delivery of patient care in a timely manner including acceptable attendance, punctuality for patient care and meetings; following the and Departmental policies and procedures related to dress code, patient care activities such as infection control and safety, computerized patient care documentation and other information systems; organizing, maintaining and upgrading departmental equipment and facilities. Contributes to departmental goal achievement activities.
2. Demonstrates appropriate interpersonal skills in performing all job tasks including displaying a positive interpersonal approach with patients, family members, visitors and co-workers; facilitating patient participation in the therapy process and collaborating with others and advocating for patients and family to achieve desirable outcomes; negotiating conflicts utilizing proper channels of communication; and utilizing constructive methods of managing stress.
3. Evaluates, assesses and plans treatment including orienting patient and significant others to purposes and processes of OT evaluation and treatment; selects and performs evaluations of impairments, disability and handicap appropriate to patient diagnosis, life roles, age development, functional status, medical condition, expected discharge environment and length of stay. Identifies areas in which abilities and impairments affect function; establishing long-and short term goals and a treatment plan of appropriate intensity and duration in conjunction with patient, family and other team members. Demonstrates a competency in understanding the growth and development of infant, child, adolescent and geriatric patients as measured by specific performance standards. Demonstrates the ability to interpret growth and development related information to assure patient needs are met. Seeks assistance and incorporates current references and other expert opinion into the above.
4. Implement treatment plans for a full caseload of rehabilitation patients utilizing individual and group treatment and various basic and advanced Occupational Therapy treatment approaches. Includes selecting appropriate treatment activities to achieve desired outcomes, providing these treatments in a competent manner, transferring and positioning patients to achieve optimal outcomes, modifying the treatment plan for optimal outcome, participating in patient care conference to coordinate treatment, educating patient and family. Utilizes current theory and practice concepts in implementing treatment. Assures that the work area and equipment is optimal for carrying out treatment plan.
5. Completes written documentation of all patient care activities in a timely manner following department protocols utilizing SRALab IS and appropriate manual report forms.
6. Develop professional skills by defining and completing appropriate Development plans, participating in continuing education and inservice offerings, using written resources to keep current with advancements in the field and seeks out resources with recognized expertise within and outside the Department and the SRALab to enhance quality of care.
7. May supervise affiliated OT students in the above.
8. May teach in Department and Education and Training courses.
9. May participate in department/program committees.
10. May participate in program development.
11. May use power tools.
12. Not be required to drive patients and instruct them in the use of public transportation.
1. Reports to assigned Occupational Therapy Supervisor.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required
1. Current Illinois License to practice as an Occupational Therapist.
2. Work requires the level of knowledge normally acquired by completing a Bachelor's program in Occupational Therapy from an accredited college or university.
3. Three to six months orientation on the job to become familiar with the SRALab's facilities and regulations, physician techniques and department procedures.
4. Current CPR certification required.
5. Analytical ability is required to gather and interpret data from patient's charts and evaluations and to recommend solutions to treatment related problems.
6. Interpersonal skills are needed to communicate with other health care professionals and establish therapeutic relationships with patients and families.
7. Ability to transfer and position patients.
1. Normal patient care environment with little or no exposure to dust or extreme temperature.
2. Some exposure to infectious diseases when working with patients.
3. May include exposure to community, home, work, school and off-site clinic settings.
4. Includes Saturday and Sunday rotation work.
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 intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
SRALab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.