This is a full-time Inpatient OT - Rehab/Acute Care position in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PMRS) for the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC (MEDVAMC). The occupational therapist selected for this position will have a work load divided between an Inpatient Rehab and Acute Inpatient medical and surgical units with a variety of diagnosis. If you are not a current, permanent VA employee, you should apply CBST-11172791-21-LG. This position is located in the Rehabilitation and Extended Care Line (RECL) at the MEDVAMC, a complexity level 1a facility. The Occupational Therapist is administratively and clinically accountable to the Supervisory Occupational Therapist, the Supervisory Rehabilitation Therapist, the Rehabilitation Director, and the Rehabilitation and Extended Care Line Executive for patient care. Works in collaboration with the RECL, and Operative, Neurology, and Medical Care Lines and additional Care Lines to ensure the timely provision of effective and efficient Occupational Therapy services for patients referred. This therapist is fully knowledgeable of occupational therapy principles and techniques consistent with current clinical standards based on OT theory and evidence based practice. Knowledge is inclusive of physical, occupational, cognitive, and psychosocial functional deficits. Work will be performed in the Occupational Therapy clinic setting, in other therapy clinics, at bedside, or in other locations in and around the MEDVAMC as deemed necessary in the care and safety of the individual patient. Serves as a member of the Rehab interdisciplinary care team and other patient care teams as needed to provide quality, effective, and efficient patient centered care. Evaluations include medical history, results and interpretation of appropriate functional tests and measurements such as: activities of daily living, IADL's, range of motion, muscle strength, sensory deficits, coordination, pain, cognitive, visual perceptual, etc. Utilizes standard and non-standard methods in the evaluation and interpretation of a wide variety of physical and cognitive functional levels. Tests are frequently complex and may need to be adapted because of multiple physical disabilities or medical conditions. Utilizes FIM in assessing all rehab patients and other in/outpatients as indicated. Provide direct occupational therapy interventions and procedures with varying degrees of complexity to enhance safety, wellness, and performance in ADL, instrumental IADL, education, work, play, leisure, and social participation. Evaluates for and recommends appropriate assistive devices and adaptive equipment as indicated. Accurately completes timely Prosthetics consults for recommended items. Fits devices appropriately for patient needs and instructs patient/care provider in the use of these devices. Consults with physicians, other therapists and medical personnel, the patient, and as indicated the family and/or caregiver, to maximize benefit of the patient's therapy program. Additional duties assigned Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 - 4:30 PM with weekend coverage on a rotating basis, holiday coverage may be required, schedule subject to change based on t he needs of the service Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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