The staff speech-language pathologist is responsible for patient examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic intervention. The staff speech-language pathologist practices within the scope of the profession of Speech Language Pathology for adult and pediatric patients. In addition, this associate is expected to adhere to and exemplify the St. Luke’s Standards of Excellence and the PMR associate-patient relationship policy.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Examines patients/clients – obtains history, performs a systems review, and selects and administers discipline- and age-specific tests and measures to obtain data
- Evaluates patients/clients – makes clinical judgments based on data gathered during the examination
- Develops patient/client diagnoses or problem lists (cluster of signs and symptoms)
- Develops patient/client prognoses (optimal level of improvement and time needed to achieve it)
- In collaboration with patient or family develops plans of care with measurable goals
- Develops and implements patient/client interventions, including delegating and supervising support staff
- Provides patient and family education and training
- Completes required patient care documentation and communication, including FIM recording as applicable
- Formulates and implements patients discharge plans in collaboration with others
- Collaborates with hospital departments and community agencies to deliver coordinated care.
- Meets department productivity standards
- Provides clinical supervision of students
- Maintains a safe and orderly work environment
- Facilitates orderly department functioning
- Participates in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and hospital meetings
- Participates in interdisciplinary task forces and committees
- Participates in performance improvement activities
- Contributes to program development
- Participates in hospital and department provided inservices and community education
- Participates in development and education of colleagues
- Promotes a greater understanding of rehabilitation and of Speech Pathology in the hospital and community
- Assumes responsibility for own professional growth and development in clinical practice, regulatory and fiscal issues
- Does not develop a social, personal or business relationship with any current or former UnityPoint Health patient with whom a therapeutic relationship was established through participation in their care or by obtaining knowledge of their medical condition.
- The associate is aware of hospital and department compliance for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of department or hospital administrative staff.
- Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.
- Successfully completes hospital-wide orientation, annual hospital competencies and department/unit specific competencies.
For the safety of our patients and co-workers, St. Luke’s Hospital requires seasonal and job related vaccinations. This is reviewed regularly during periodic health assessments.
- Meets educational requirements as necessary for obtaining professional license in Speech-Language Pathology
- Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English
- Experience working as a speech-language pathologist preferred
- License to practice speech language pathology from the Iowa Department of Public Health
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