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COTA, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - Pediatric Therapy at Christus Health

Posted in Health Care 30+ days ago.

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Location: Alexandria, Louisiana

Job Description:
The Occupational Therapy Assistant has the responsibility and accountability for assessing, planning, evaluating and implementing care for pediatric patients referred for outpatient developmental occupational therapy. Occupational Therapy Assistant is responsible for adhering to all standards of the Occupational Therapy Practice Act as they apply to providing therapy care, supplies, equipment and education for the pediatric patient population.

According to department's Scope of Practice, this position requires providing services to the pediatric population as defined by ages 0-18 years of age, in a manner that demonstrates an understanding of the functional/developmental age of the individuals served, and clear knowledge of typical versus atypical development. This position requires the full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the Mission of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. It is expected that the associate demonstrate behavior consistent with the Core Values. The associate shall support the CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini's strategic plan and the goals and direction of their Performance Improvement Plan (PIP).

Assesses the Physical, Developmental, Psycho-Social, Spiritual, Cultural, Functional, High Risk and Discharge needs of the Patient and Family.

Completes and documents initial assessment/care within required time frames.

Performs, reassessments/care at intervals as required or appropriate to the patient's needs.

Ensures physical assessment/care includes all major developmental functions.

Ensures spiritual assessment/care includes actual/expressed needs.

Incorporates cultural and ethnic factors into assessment/care.

Establishes long and short term goals.

Establishes plan of care.

Demonstrates the ability to accurately access and document Staffing, Patient Care activities and Hospital Processes.

Uses computer system(s) appropriately.

Documents in the medical record according to policy/procedure.

Establishes presence of consent/order prior to treatment/procedure

Documents daily progress notes in SOAP note format.

Turns in daily charge sheet on same day of treatment.

Submits timesheet timely on biweekly basis.

Obtains knowledge of, and demonstrates Compliance with Infection Control Policies and Procedures.

Practices Standard Precautions in patient care activities.

Practices appropriate disease specific isolation as required.

Demonstrates good hand washing

Complies with the fingernail policy

Wears PPE when applicable.

Participates in infection control processes on daily basis for disinfection of therapy equipment and supplies utilized in patient care and according to policy & procedures.

Provides for the Education/Training of the Patient/Family

Identifies and documents patient/family educational needs upon initial assessment and thereafter.

Identifies barriers to learning.

Provides and documents teaching based on identified needs.

Teaches at a level of understanding related to the pt/family member's level of education

Evaluates the effectiveness of instruction provided.

Assessment and teaching incorporates cultural and ethnic factors.

Assessment and teaching incorporates functional needs.

Oversees Patient Care on basis of Patient Classification and Staff Expertise to ensure Quality of Care.

Initiates a developmentally appropriate assessment process with patient and family upon assignment within a prompt, efficient timeframe.

Demonstrates empathetic and positive attitude when working with patients.

Visits and interviews patient and communicates with families when present or necessary.

Re-evaluates and modifies the plan of care, based on the patient's response to the interventions and reporting timeframes.

Assists with proper orientation of new therapy associates.

Takes appropriate action to address patient needs and issues as they arise during the course of care.

Demonstrates sound clinical judgment in decision-making regarding patient care.

Provides for the Plan for Therapy Care into the Interdisciplinary Care and Management of the Patient/Family.

Communicates effectively with associates, physicians and clinical care team.

Coordinates therapy care with other disciplines involved.

Involves other health team members, as necessary.

Actively participates in 50% of departmental in-services and is responsible for obtaining information missed via meeting with manager and/or reviewing meeting minutes.

Assures the Rights of the Patient/Family are respected and maintained.

Allows for privacy and modesty in the provision of care.

Identifies self by name and title to patient/family.

Reports suspected cases of abuse/neglect, if identified.

Understands role of, and how to access, the Ethics Committee.

Understands the complaint/grievance process

Demonstrates knowledge of Department Specific Policies and Procedures and the ability to safely and competently use Department Specific Patient Care Equipment in the delivery of quality patient care.

Completes Department Specific Annual Competency Checklist(s)

Obtains necessary training prior to initial equipment use.

Assures equipment is in operating order prior to use.

Differentiates between patient complications and equipment malfunction.

Uses medical equipment in accordance with manufacturer's operating guidelines.

Notifies Manager of equipment in disrepair and assists with removal of equipment.

Understands and participates in Performance Improvement Process.


Graduate of School of Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

English required, bilingual preferred

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Bachelor's degree required


Pediatric experience preferred

Licenses, Registrations, or Certifications:

Current Louisiana OTA License

Current BLS (Basic Life Support) certification

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled