Speech Therapist - Per Diem (3586)
Portsmouth Regional Hospital - Portsmouth - Portsmouth, NH

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POSITION SUMMARY:

Responsible for the comprehensive speech and language therapy of assigned patients to include evaluation, program planning, treatment implementation, documentation and discharge planning.

POSITION RESPONSIBLITIES:

STANDARD I

Job Knowledge/Productivity

Completes position responsibilities following established guidelines & protocols within the appropriate time frame.

Works efficiently and productively on an independent basis.

Demonstrates ability to set priorities.

Is competent & responsible in prevention of contamination & transfer of infection.

Uses all equipment in a safe & effective manner.

Demonstrates an appreciation of cost factors in the routine performance of duties.

Maintains a clean, organized work area.

STANDARD II

Communication/Interpersonal Skills

Accepts change within work environment and accepts suggestions for improved performance; implementing both in a positive manner.

Fosters sense of teamwork & collaboration within department & hospital.

Deals with conflict effectively and with resolution.

Puts the patient first at all times, interrupting personal interactions/activities to address the needs of the patient.

Communicates problems/opportunities for improvement.

Provides constructive input, suggestions & support to foster process improvement within the department with effective verbal/written communication skills.

Documents work using department-specific forms/computer systems accurately and completely.

Interacts with staff, patients and members of the public with dignity and respect; behavior is courteous and professional, reflecting sensitivity to the hospital’s values.

Works well with others in a spirit of teamwork and cooperation.

Performs well in stress and emergency situations.

Identifies potential ethical dilemmas of issues and utilizes appropriate administrative involvement.

Approaches patients in a nonjudgmental manner concerning lifestyles.

Respects the cultural and personal differences of patients and other workers.

Demonstrates consistent behavior with courtesy, respect and dignity towards all customers (supervisors, coworkers, patients).

Effectively works with challenging and complex patients.

STARDARD III

Education/Development/Initiative

Maintains education and development appropriate for position; demonstrates commitment to department's work and mission.

Reviews written policies & procedures to clarify uncertainty.

Knowledgeable of current trends & practices, making suggestions for changes in policies, procedures and standards.

Demonstrates self-motivation in performing job duties.

Completes on-going education to improve job performance.

Attends department/education meetings as appropriate.

Provides flexibility in work responsibilities/hours as needed by departmental needs.

Readily assumes tasks/projects appropriate to level of expertise and years of experience.

STARDARD IV

Hospital/Department Policies & Procedures

Adheres to established hospital and department guidelines & protocols.

Maintains confidentiality of patient and employee information in verbal, written and electronic information.

Supports hospital mission statement, philosophy & goals.

Adheres to hospital/department dress code including wearing unobstructed name badge at all times.

Records time worked and adheres to meal/rest breaks according to department policy/schedule.

Follows safety & security policies of hospital and is knowledgeable of emergency procedures.

Absence/Tardy occurrences are within policy guidelines: over 6 occurrences are unsatisfactory and subject to disciplinary action.

Assures patient awareness of patients’ rights.

STANDARD V

Position Specific Performance Criteria/Essential Job Functions

Identifies complex socioeconomic and psychosocial behaviors and refers appropriately for special intervention.

Identifies and documents precautions and implications for treatment intervention from medical history screening process.

Identifies and documents learning preferences and educational barriers. Utilizes the initial and discharge functional assessment indexes for goal and treatment planning.

Sets and documents realistic goals with time frames incorporating the patient and family needs and goals.

Maintains consistently high standard of complete and legible documentation per departmental policy and procedure.

Maintains statistics and reports accurately and in a timely manner.

Provides accurate and timely billing information on a daily basis.

Complies with UR policies and procedures – timely, accurate and complete information.

Provides accurate documentation and timely reporting for Medicare/Medicaid.

Incurs less than five instances of inability to obtain proper pre-approvals or authorizations for evaluation and treatment of MCO patients.

Performs specific tests and measures to identify patient problems to establish a therapy diagnosis.

Formulates treatment plan with measurable goals which address identified problems.

Implements all treatment techniques, modalities and equipment in accordance with the treatment protocols, policies, procedures and competencies of the department.

Assesses and documents patient response to treatment and learning on routine basis.

Assesses and documents patient discharge status, goal status and discharge needs/plan.

Evidence of appropriate written, dated, and signed home program and instructions with a copy in the chart.

Establishes a collaborative relationship with referring practitioners through effective communication and demonstrated referral patterns.

Effectively manages patient compliance, no shows, cancellations and adherence to program.

Demonstrates ability to problem-solve and utilize good judgment skills resulting in effective decisions made in a timely manne r.

Qualifications
Recent experience is preferred. NH license and BLS required.

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