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Occupational Therapist Assistant - Rehabilitation/Wellness, Full-time, Days

Northwestern Medicine
Employment type: 
Full time
Required degree level: 
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The Assistant Occupational Therapy reflects the mission, vision, and values of Northwestern Memorial, adheres to the organization's Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards. Under the direction of a licensed occupational therapist, administers treatment for patients by selecting appropriate techniques and therapies in order to restore function and prevent disability. Selects and administers appropriate occupational therapy treatment plans as well as provide patient, family and caregiver education. In conjunction with licensed occupational therapist, provides input regarding patient discharge plans. Provides clear, concise patient care documentation as per departmental standards. Supervises appropriate support personnel. Supervises students within departmental clinical education guidelines.

Administration of Work: Provides direct patient care for an estimated 65% of hours worked. Identifies need for licensed physical therapist's intervention with evaluations and re-evaluations. Follows through with appropriate care treatment plans. Completes all related medical documentation in a timely and accurate manner in accordance with established policies and procedures. Assists in monitoring of quality management indicators. Demonstrates competency through the annual completion of written and/or demonstration style competency examinations.

Leadership/Supervisory Skills: Delegates appropriate responsibilities to support staff. Promotes philosophy and objectives of NMH and Rehabilitation Services. Presents minimum of 1 inservice per year for Rehabilitation Services Department and/or NMH staff. Completes special assignments as assigned by the Manager or Resource Coordinator. Communication and Relationships: Demonstrates effective communication with licensed occupational therapists regarding patient care. Maintains/promotes open communication with internal contacts, such as nursing and social work. Participates in an ongoing mentorship program. Participates in applicable interdisciplinary rounds.

Organizational Expectations: Adheres to the Hospital and departmental policies and procedures. Adheres to the Code of Ethics, Customer Service Standards and the Patients First mission as demonstrated through positive patient/guest relations, positive and effective interactions with staff, formulating and meeting developmental goals.

Work Environment: The work involves potential risks which require use of safety precautions, use of safe practices with patients, clinical and office equipment (including universal precautions); avoidance of trips and falls, use of body mechanics; and observation of fire and safety regulations. It is the responsibility of the employee to be familiar and compliant with these procedures. Demonstrates responsibility for assessing, treating, caring for adults (18-64 years), and geriatrics (65+) from a developmental perspective.

Physical/Visual/Mental Qualifications of the Position: The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable the individual with the disabilities to perform essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to: Provide clear and effective communication to physicians, patients, families, guests and other members of the health care team. Respond to emergency signals and indicators. Push/pull patients in wheelchairs/carts (100-300 lbs.) for short distances. Push/pull supplies and equipment weighing up to 100 lbs. Lift patients up to 80 lbs. or with assistance up to 200 lbs. Visually assess and monitor patient's efforts at mobility. Observe and comprehend written format in a medical chart. Provide physical assistance to patients during mobility training. Determine patient's verbal responses during evaluation and treatment activities. Display concentration and attention span for brief and extended periods of time (up to 90 minutes) to perform tasks including patient evaluations, patient treatments, participation discharge panels, participation in continuing education activities. Commute between office space and patient treatment location. AA/EOE. #LI-VZ1


  • Associate of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Certification.
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant License, Illinois.
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulations.
  • Basic Life Support - American Heart Association.

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