Speech Language Pathologist (Full Time), Senior Services/Post Acute Care
Company: Benefis Health System
Location: Great Falls
Posted on: December 1, 2019
Responsible for administration and direct application of
speech/language pathology treatment modalities as prescribed by a
referring physician. Evaluates, plans, directs and treats all
patients referred to speech/language. Pathology treatments to
restore function and prevent disability following disease or
injury. Assists patients to obtain maximum performance and function
in society while learning to live a routine "normal" life within
the constraints of their disability. Participates in performance
improvement activities within the department and participates in
CQI activities. Assures personal competency. Provides information
related to departmental budget considerations in relationship to
speech pathology needs for optimum patient care and service.
Assists in scheduling of patient visits for speech pathology
evaluation and treatment. Performs some administrative duties at
the delegation of the Director of Rehabilitation Services.
Participates in infection control, safety and educational programs,
both in the department and on an organizational basis. Will also
provide supervision of students.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Upon physician referral, performs patient evaluations to determine
problems and goals. Able to assess patient pain interfering with
optimal level of function or participation in rehabilitation -
makes appropriate physician contact for intervention. Performs all
aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient
safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
Prepares reports related to Speech/Language Pathology activities,
including performance improvement activities. Documents
appropriately in the medical record for all Speech/Language
Pathology treatments, assessments and evaluations performed for the
inpatient and outpatient population. Formulates a teaching plan
based upon identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of
learning, family is included in teaching as appropriate. Develops
and implements effective treatment programs in consultation with
physicians. Treats patients in accordance with Speech/Language
Pathology standards of care and practice. Treats patients and their
families with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses
psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of
patients and their families. Confers with the individuals most
closely associated with the patient and keeps them informed on
patient needs, treatment modifications and progress. Performs
examinations such as swallowing examinations accurately and
communicates results timely to all appropriate members of the
healthcare team. Interacts professionally with patient/family and
involves patient/family in the formation of the plan of care.
Intercedes for the patient when dietary revisions are necessary to
prevent aspiration. Coordinates and directs patient care to ensure
patients' needs are met and hospital policy is followed. Maintains
records pertinent to personnel and operation of the department.
Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function
under stressful situations. Demonstrates the ability to deal with
pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle
constantly changing situations. Demonstrates the ability to deal
with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and
handle conflict. Maintains a good working relationship both within
the department and with other departments. Treats patients of all
ages (i.e., pediatric to geriatric), race, gender and disability
without bias. Consults other departments as appropriate to
collaborate in patient care and performance improvement activities.
Communicates appropriately and clearly to physicians, staff and
administrative team. Participates in departmental education on
performance improvement. Attends departmental orientation and
inservice training for department staff member, participates in
guidance and educational programs. Maintains standards of
professional Speech/Language Pathology society procedures and
Adheres to dress code. Completes annual educational requirements.
Maintains regulatory requirements. Wears identification while on
duty. Maintains confidentiality at all times. Attends department
staff meetings as required within the department. Reports to work
on time and as scheduled; completes work in designated time.
Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous
quality improvement (CQI) activities. Coordinates efforts in
meeting regulatory compliance, federal, state and local regulations
and standards Communicates and complies with the Benefis Health
System Mission, Vision and Values as well as the focus statement of
the department. Complies with Benefis Health System Organization
Policies and Procedures. Complies with Health and Safety Standards
Holds a masters degree from an approved college or school of
Current State Licensure in Speech Pathology (as Speech
Pathologist). May work on an active temporary permit for those who
are in their clinical fellowship year or clinical practicum and/or
who are waiting to take the national examination. Must complete
this requirement within one year.
Knowledge of principals and practice of speech pathology.
Performance of technical skills related to speech pathology.
Knowledge of infection control, sterile technique and related
impact on rehabilitative medicine practice and equipment.
Current BCLS certification.
Great Falls has a city population of 60,000, with a draw of over
275,000 people in north central Montana. We experience mild winters
and enjoy blue skies over 300 days per year. Great Falls is a
wonderful and safe place to raise a family, with nationally ranked
public schools and an average commute of under 12 minutes, making
the quality of life in Great Falls unsurpassed in the Rocky
Mountain West. Additionally, the Missouri River, a blue-ribbon
fly-fishing destination, runs through the middle of town. Outdoor
activities include camping, hiking, horseback riding, water and
snow skiing, rock and ice climbing, boating, whitewater kayaking,
off-road motorsports, upland bird and waterfowl hunting, and
Benefis Health System
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in a state that is well known for its beautiful four seasons and
outdoor lifestyle. While enjoying the last best place, you'll have
the added benefit of having access to Benefis Health System, one of
the state's most modern and progressive healthcare facilities with
500+ beds and over 270 employed medical staff members representing
more than 40 specialties. Our state-of-the-art facilities and
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