The Speech Therapist is responsible for appropriately managing the therapeutic needs of patients with speech, language, voice and fluency disorders through independent utilization of critical decision-making. Provides preventive, rehabilitative, adaptive and palliative care to both inpatients and outpatients.
Provides patient care, treatment, and services within the scope of their license, certification, registration, and/or assessed competencies. Practice will be in accordance with laws and regulations and will adhere to established policies, procedures and practice guidelines.
Conducts patient evaluation and assessment through the collection of comprehensive data necessary to evaluate patient needs accurately. Develops and implements individualized treatment plan of care for patients.
Formulates realistic short term and long term treatment goals in conjunction with the patient/family.
Establishes time frames for goal achievement.
Counsels and educates patients/family members about speech, language, and swallowing disorders and the psychological and social effects.
Monitors patient progress and revises treatment plans as needed.
Collaborates with nursing staff and other members of the health care team regarding each patient.
Maintains appropriate documentation on the patient medical record, all Speech Pathology treatments, assessments, interpretations and evaluations performed for the inpatient and outpatient populations.
Arranges referral of patients for additional services, consulting with attending physician as appropriate.
Responsible for orienting new employees and ensuring competency of individuals under the Speech Therapist supervision to provide delivery of care.
Maintains patient safety by providing appropriate level of supervision.
Facilities Rehab Services and DeKalb Medical overviews of objectives through maintenance of professional standards.Participates in continuous quality improvement teams and activities.
Participates in supporting the organization’s vision, mission and values and adheres to DeKalb Medical Standards of Behavior.
Performs other duties as assigned to meet the goals and objectives of DeKalb Medical.
Minimum Education, Experience and Licensure Required:
Masters Degree from an accredited school of Speech Pathology required
Licensed in the state of Georgia as a Speech Language Pathologist or PCE Fellow required.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certification required.
Membership and participation in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the GeorgiaSpeech-Language-Hearing Association preferred.
Years of experience? Hospital setting experience? Required or preferred?
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Demonstrated ability to work with a multidisciplinary team in rehabilitation and a diverse, professional staff within the hospital.
Must possess proven skills in communication, organization, flexibility, and interpersonal skills.
Ability to coordinate simultaneous activities without affecting the quality of work.
Demonstrates knowledge and proficiency of all applicable evaluation tools
Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function well under stressful situations.
Demonstrates an awareness of the overall operation of the facility in relation to total patient care.
Knowledge of scientific research and ability to undertake research related to scope of department.
High degree of self motivation and directional initiative.
Excellent customer service skills and strong drive to provide compassionate care.
Critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast paced environment.
Strong communication skills with ability to effectively communicate technical information to patients and families.
Ability to function effectively in a team environment.
Basic computer skills
Performs skills and competencies as defined in orientation checklist and annual departmental competency checklist if applicable.
Demonstrates and maintains competencies specific to patient population served.