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Texas Health Resources Occupational Therapist – Acute Care in Dallas, Texas

Occupational Therapist – Acute Care

Fast-paced, high volume Acute Care Therapy Department is looking for top skilled Occupational Therapist. Is that you?

Work location: Texas Health Dallas, 8200 Walnut Hill Lane, TX 75231

Work hours: PRN/As Needed

  • Variable weekdays with occasional weekends

Acute Care Therapy Department Highlights

  • Flexible scheduling that allows for work/life balance

  • Interesting variety of patients in a fast-paced, high-volume department

  • Supportive environment with mentoring from experienced team with multiple certifications including: Neuro Clinical Specialists, Cardiac Clinical Specialists, Geriatric Clinical Specialists, Neonatal Certified specialists, Lymphedema Certified Therapist and Vestibular Certified therapists.

  • Staff – led process improvement teams dedicated to high quality, evidence-based care.

  • Texas Health Dallas is a Level 1 Trauma Center and DNV Comprehensive Stroke Center

Here’s What You Need

  • Bachelor's Degree Completion of an Occupational Therapy program Required

  • 1 year experience, acute care strongly preferred

  • OT - Occupational Therapist Texas Occupational Therapy License Upon Hire Required AND

  • BCLS - Basic Cardiac Life Support prior to providing independent patient care and maintained quarterly Required

  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English; Problem solving ability; Ability to teach others; Time management skills; Good interpersonal and customer service skills, Basic leadership skills.

What You Will Do

Performs age-appropriate patient assessment and establishes plan of care

  • Obtains/verifies physician order for therapy and validates for appropriateness

  • Reviews available medical records and obtains pertinent medical history from patient or family

  • Ensures that patient has given informed consent to treatment

  • Evaluates each patient using age and diagnosis appropriate assessment tests and measurements, including appropriate outcome assessment ttool(s)

  • Integrates assessment results to identify functional problems and prioritizes care needs with patient and family

  • Sets appropriate, measurable, functional goals with time frames to address the identified problems including patient/family goals and

  • preferences

  • Determines plan for care, and/or appropriate therapeutic interventions to achieve stated goals

  • Initiates therapy discharge planning in collaboration with care team and patient based on prognosis and expected discharge disposition

  • Demonstrates competence in the performance of age-appropriate patient assessment and individualizes care based on age specific needs.

Performs age-appropriate patient treatment

  • Uses therapeutic treatment techniques appropriate to patient age and desire for treatment

  • Performs treatment procedures that are within the scope of the professional license

  • Performs/delegates technical procedures appropriately and safely

  • Utilizes a variety of treatment techniques to achieve goals, if necessary

  • Determines patient response to treatment and evaluates progress (reassessment)

  • Educates patient and family through instruction, demonstration, and/or appropriate handouts in treatment plan, safety issues, home programs/self-management and assistive equipment

  • Maintains patient safety throughout treatment

  • Communicates with physicians and other healthcare personnel as appropriate regarding patient care issues

  • Demonstrates competence in the performance of age-appropriate patient treatment and individualizes care based on age specific needs

  • Motivates non-compliant or unmotivated patients to participate in therapy

Demonstrates Professional accountability

  • Utilizes available resources (equipment, support personnel, educational resources) to maximize efficiency and productivity and to meet personal developmental needs

  • Participates in orientation and training of less experienced staff, students, volunteers and observers

  • Responsible for care provided under their direction, including that provided by licensed assistants and therapy technicians

  • Attends and/or leads hospital, department, and community meetings / educational in-services

  • Meets established productivity targets

  • Represents department in a positive manner to hospital/system/community

  • Completes assigned work within scheduled hours and offers assistance to others to ensure departmental work is accomplished

  • Seeks assistance/supervision/consultation as needed and reports to supervisor any problems and/or solutions regarding delivery of patient care

  • Willing to be cross-trained to treat any diagnosis or level of care

  • Participates in continuous improvement activities and/or teams

  • Demonstrates commitment to the maintenance of a clean, safe work environment that is compliant with departmental, hospital and regulatory agency requirements

  • Works in partnership with peers, other disciplines, and departmental personnel

  • As required, participates appropriately in departmental safety drills / emergency procedures

Performs Appropriate Documentation

  • Documents all aspects of assessment, plan of care, and re-certifications in accordance with departmental, TJC, Medicare, and other applicable regulatory guidelines

  • Documents all aspects of each treatment session in accordance with departmental, TJC, Medicare, and other applicable regulatory guidelines

  • Obtains physician signature on all plans care and re-certifications, providing proof of all attempts to obtain signature such as documenting contacts in medical record and retaining fax cover letters

  • Accurately submits patient charges and records procedures according to departmental policy

  • Documents assessment of education needs, education provided, and patient understanding of education provided in accordance with departmental, TJC, Medicare, and other applicable regulatory guidelines

  • Completes discharge summary for each patient in accordance with departmental, TJC, Medicare, and other applicable regulatory guidelines

  • Completes all documentation within established time frame

  • If appropriate, completes all required team documentation including intake process, plan of care, and discharge summary

  • As appropriate / required, completes required outcome tools and any additional documentation for outpatients, acute stroke patients and for specialty units/programs (i.e. Lysholme, MDS, DRS, team staffing reports, etc.)

  • Documents and reports unusual occurrences, on the job injuries, and medical device malfunctioning

  • Participates in strategies to meet business initiatives and unit/team, program, and department specific goals and targets.

​​​​​ Additional perks of being a Texas Health Occupational Therapist

  • Benefits include 401k and other benefits.

  • Delivery of high quality of patient care through nursing education, nursing research and innovations in nursing practice.

  • Strong Unit Based Council (UBC).

  • A supportive, team environment

  • Explore our Texas Health careers site for info like Benefits , Job Listings by Category , recent Awards we’ve won and more.

  • Do you still have questions or concerns? Feel free to email your questions to recruitment@texashealth.org .


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