The Occupational Therapist (OT) is responsible for the following: independently plans, develops, and implements patient evaluations and treatment procedures to the full extent of the OT Practice Act, the state licensing boards and related VHA directives. The OT hand incumbent will provide hand therapy interventions for plastic hand and orthopedic surgical specialty care clinics and is anticipated working in fast paced, high volume clinics daily. Preferred Experience: The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the following: Independently plans, develops, and implements patient evaluations and treatment procedures to the full extent of the OT Practice Act, the state licensing boards and related VHA directives. The OT hand incumbent will provide hand therapy interventions for plastic hand and orthopedic surgical specialty care clinics and is anticipated working in fast paced, high volume clinics daily. The OT hand therapist provides specialized skills in assessment, planning and treatment in hand and upper extremity musculoskeletal rehabilitation; providing therapeutic interventions to prevent dysfunction, restore function, and/or reverse pathological progression to enhance quality of life. The OT hand therapist will maintain the highest level of competency in the profession and remains up-to-date with therapy guidelines and changes in upper extremity/hand therapy treatment interventions. Completes a wide range of patient evaluations for complex patient cases, develops and implements effective, evidence-based treatment interventions that require the application of specialized skills and knowledge to accomplish functional objectives in an efficient fashion that maximizes rehab outcomes and optimizes return to ADL/IADL independence. Locates, adapts and/or creates assessment tools and novel treatments as required by the complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities. Demonstrates clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in depth specific assessment of function and utilization of non-standard methods and techniques. Independently conducts treatment of patients with the diagnoses of, but not limited to, upper extremity joint replacements and hand surgery. Independently conducts treatment of patients with impaired UE function as a result of stroke or other brain injury. Possesses thorough knowledge base of upper extremity tendonitis, bursitis, shoulder/elbow impingements, neuro-muscular syndromes as related to central and peripheral neurological diagnoses. Proficient in edema/wound care issues as related to post-operative care of the UE. A moderately complex foundation of knowledge is expected in neurophysiology, proprioceptive. Therapists must be knowledgeable about advanced surgical techniques and postoperative therapy programs to enhance an individual's ability to execute tasks. Expected knowledge of application, indications and contraindications for use of modalities. Other duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599287200
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