The Speech Therapist assesses patients for speech related therapy needs, establishes treatment goals, develops and implements appropriate Speech Pathology treatment program. This role reviews medical history, applies screening tests, and meets with patient to determine clinical needs, impairments, functional limitation and disabilities. Establishes a plan of care in collaboration with patient and family to include expected intensity, duration of therapy and makes recommendations for discharge. Provides education to patient, family, and/or caregiver regarding purpose of activity, use of equipment, home exercise, and activity. Performs regular re-examinations and seeks feedback from patient, family, and multidisciplinary medical team. Manages multiple patients at the same time. Provides services and required documentation timely, accurately, and in accordance with professional and regulatory standards. Participates in outside continuing education and incorporates information into practice. Performs other duties as assigned.
Additionally, the Speech Therapist II assists with orienting new staff and acts as clinical instructor for interns. Conducts literature reviews and staff consultations as needed. Attends specific clinical education coursework which meet the guidelines of California Board of Physical Therapy and provides in-services to staff.
Job Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies
Diversity – Able to demonstrate the knowledge and practice of Diversity in the workplace. Able to work with a diverse group of people in a manner that enables them to reach their full potential, in pursuit of organizational objectives, without anyone being advantaged or disadvantaged by irrelevant considerations.
Equipment Knowledge – Knowledge of equipment, tools, technology and other devices in work area and the ability to use them to the extent required for the job. For clinical position this includes equipment and devices pertinent to treatment, procedures and practice.
Interpersonal Skills – Listens to and understands what others are saying. Establishes effective working relationships with others, contributing to a climate of mutual respect and cooperation. Uses vocabulary and grammar appropriate to the situation. Demonstrates sensitivity and tact, understanding own effect on the motivation, attitudes and actions of others. Makes favorable first impressions.
Job Knowledge – The knowledge and understanding of concepts and procedures needed to be successful in the job. For clinical positions, this includes clinical procedures required by department and unit, as demonstrated by unit based competency testing.
Ability to speak and write effectively, demonstrates fundamental command of language, communicates well using all mediums.
Patient Documentation – Preparation and delivery of patient information in a manner that is consistent with the requirements of the job. Includes what happens during a clinical visit with patients and why a particular procedure or service is being performed or why a particular device is being used.
Patient Safety – Embraces the principle of keeping patients safe by following safety policies and procedures, treating people with respect, and speaking up in Patient Safety related situations
Travel – Position may require local travel between various Organization locations.
Organization Behavioral Competencies
Trust & Accountability
Demonstrates honest and ethical behavior. Takes responsibility for both words and actions. Acts with integrity. Maintains patient confidentiality.
Uses resources, equipment and finances appropriately. Demonstrates the functional and technical skills to do the job effectively. Willing and actively shares his/her knowledge with others. Accepts changes and adapts to new situations and responsibilities.
Delivers superior customer service consistent with the Hoag Experience. Displays a professional image. Demonstrates tact, diplomacy and understanding when dealing with difficult situations. Listens and asks questions to understand patient and customer needs. Builds relationships with internal customers and employees. Admits mistakes and takes service recovery to steps to ensure any issues or problems are quickly addressed. Ensures that all information and services provided are safe, accurate, and available in a timely manner and meet regulatory requirements.
Brings forth creative ideas (one’s own or others) to address patient, physician, customer, and community needs. Looks for creative or new ways to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. Adopts new processes, techniques and methods. Stays current with technologies and advances in his/her area, department and/or field.
Education and Experience
18 months’ experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist in an acute healthcare system environment required. Experience and knowledge base in a wide range of diagnosis including general medicine, orthopedics, neurology, cardiopulmonary, gastroenterology, and otolaryngology required. Previous experience with Microsoft Office and healthcare database systems preferred. Bilingual or multilingual preferred.
Completion of Master's degree or equivalent in speech-language pathology from an accredited educational institution.
Home Health: Must be a licensed driver with an automobile that is insured in accordance with state and/or organization requirements and is in good working order.
Current licensure as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the State of California.
Current BLS Certification required.