Occupational Therapist ~ Sanford USD Medical Center Acute Rehab
Sanford Health - Sioux Falls, SD

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The Acute Care staff occupational therapist is responsible for utilizing their education and training to provide individualized occupational therapy treatment for his/her patient. The occupational therapist has knowledge of and utilizes appropriate age-related treatments and evaluations relating to the needs of his/her patient. The Acute Care staff occupational therapist may treat individuals of all ages with varying diagnosis, including but not limited to orthopedic, neurological, and general medical disorders. The Acute Care staff occupational therapist must possess the skills to evaluate and treat medically complex and often medically unstable patients. This entails the evaluation and ongoing assessment and adjustment of treatment plans, critical thinking skills related to patients with multiple medical diagnoses and medical/ physical/ cognitive challenges. Due to the complexity of Acute Care patients, knowledge of normal/abnormal vital signs, indications/contraindications, means to monitor the patient during treatment and awareness of various vital medical equipment are essential to be successful in this environment. The Acute Care staff occupational therapist must be able to discern and recommend appropriate discharge destination. The Acute Care staff occupational therapist must be able to manage a high volume caseload and dynamic schedule which requires a constant need for rescheduling and prioritizing of patient load, due to the influx of new orders, patients’ pain, procedures, nursing cares, patient rest time. The Acute Care staff occupational therapist must demonstrate the ability to be flexible/ problem solve as roadblocks occur, and the ability to organize a fast paced schedule in multiple areas of the hospital. Must be able to communicate with interdisciplinary team to ensure patient safety and comfort, facilitate scheduling, and collaborate re: discharge planning and utilization of resources, and promote hand off communication. Advanced critical thinking skills outside one’s own discipline/ awareness of indications and contraindications for specific therapies are necessary to make recommendations and to order therapy services.

The Acute Care staff occupational therapist functions within the scope and standards of occupational therapy practice as outlined in the South Dakota Occupational Therapy Practice Act and Administrative Rules. Sanford recognizes the Scope and Standards of Practice and the Code of Ethics for Occupational Therapy as published by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

The Acute Care staff occupational therapist may be asked to supervise certified occupational therapist assistants, aides, and students as they provide patient care, treatment, or other services. The occupational therapist will interact with individuals outside of the department including but not limited to physicians, nurses, case managers, etc.

When students are providing patient care, treatment, and/or services as a part of their training, any/all employees may be asked to supervise the students.

Required Skills

Required Experience

Conforms to licensing standards of the state of South Dakota

Must be a graduate of an accredited course in Occupational Therapy. When applicable, the employee must have a current valid Category II driver’s license, and must meet all medical guidelines for Sanford Health Category II drivers.

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