- Provides comprehensive clinical speech pathology services to patients. Provides testing, analyses, and evaluation of seriously ill patients or those having complex medical problems.
- Formulates a treatment plan consistent with the patient's needs.
- Assures continuity of care through effective decision-making resulting in quality patient care.
- Delivers effective patient care based on collaborative clinical pathways.
- Anticipates potential patient crisis through continual evaluation of patient outcomes.
- Delegates effectively.
- Identifies the need to develop or revise policies and procedures pertaining to specialized patient populations and/or department and hospital practices.
- Participates in department orientation of new staff.
- May serve as mentor for new staff and students.
- Monitors daily practices for consistency with established standards for patient care.
- Participates in routine evaluations of quality assurance activities.
- Assists with supervision of support staff and students.
- Assists with providing on-going performance feedback, addresses problems, orients and trains employees, verifies competency and identifies and suggests ways to develop skills.
- Communicates regularly with members of the patient care team, the patient, family members and others involved with the patient's care.
- Assists the department in maintaining a clear and accurate interdisciplinary and interdepartmental information flow.
- Provides patient and family education, instructing and training patients and families regarding pertinent aspects of the patient's care.
- Assesses and assists staff in assessing complex patient's and problems.
- Provides direct patient care to complex patients; performs specialized treatments according to the patient's individualized plan of care.
- Provides the patient with increased knowledge and skill within an identified area of expertise.
- Plans, develops and implements a results oriented treatment plan responsive to the individualized needs of the patient which includes clear and measurable goals.
- Modifies the treatment plan according to the patient's response.
- Collaborates with other members of the patient care team and utilizes community resources to plan for the continued care, support and follow-up of the patient after discharge.
- Recommends and procures appropriate equipment.
- Provides consultation and direct assistance to staff and physicians in management of patients.
- Assists in providing consultation related to clinical management to the professional community and community at large.
- Responds to requests for professional information or advice and refers more complex matters to appropriate staff.
- Provides in-service education. Assists the department in mentoring clinical staff; provides skills training within their area of expertise.
- Participates in committees addressing patient care related matters or other committees as requested by the department.
- May support and participate in research activities as requested.
- A master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
- Current licensure in Speech-Language Pathology in the state of Georgia.
- Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
- One year of Speech-Language Pathology experience.
- Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification in accordance with the American Heart Association required.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock , Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation, Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.