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Speech Pathologist- Inpatient Acute Care

Mount Vernon Hospital 622296 Full Time 2501 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA, 22306, US

Job Description

Our Rehab Acute care team is seeking FULL TIME SPEECH THERAPIST to provide care to a diverse adult population.  Specialties in stroke and brain injury as well as spinal cord injury, cardiopulmonary debility, post-operative orthopedic care, oncology, multi-trauma, etc.  
Our clinic is unique in that we offer a Clinical Specialist Mentor Program >15 years of experience for OT/PT/SLP!  This program offer dedicated 1:1 co-treatments, hands-on skills labs, mentorship meetings, and career/education coaching!
To help achieve our mission, you will communicate effectively with patients, families, medical staff, healthcare team members, students, supervisors and outside contacts. Completing all administrative and other responsibilities in support of the operating unit while demonstrating essential skill competencies in the use of treatment modalities, equipment and protocols is of vital importance. Your ability to perform re-evaluations, according to department guidelines, while adjusting treatment plans accordingly is required. Selecting evaluation and treatment methods appropriate to the diagnosis, age group and physical/emotional status of patients, while formulating appropriate treatment plans, is essential.

Job Responsibilities
  • Documents the results of evaluations clearly and completely while including all essential elements according to department policy.
  • Completes daily progress notes that reflect patients' responses to treatments, actual performance and assessments as to status relevant to treatment plans, eventual discharge needs and treatment summaries if needed. Completes discharge notes that include summaries of the course of treatments, progress toward goals, discharge needs, recommendations for follow-up and patient and/or family education.
  • Documents clearly, concisely and legibly within established timeframes (e.g. allows other Therapists to continue treatment, allows for interpretation by payers, supports reimbursement). Documents evidence of patient and family/caregiver education.
  • Contacts families, physicians or other healthcare team members in anticipation of special needs of patients/families in a timely manner to facilitate effective treatment plans. Provides educational materials and methods appropriate to patients' levels of understanding and motivation. Includes families/caregivers in education and training as appropriate.
  • Demonstrates collaboration in communication with team members while remaining open to feedback and receptive to change. Gives appropriate instruction and supervision to assistive personnel consistent with program/clinic policies and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintains productivity standards set by the department/clinic and makes efficient use of non-billable time by minimizing use of non-billable time. Consistently completes routine administrative responsibilities within established timeframe (e.g. time cards, coverage notes and charge entry). Contributes to educational efforts of the department/clinic (e.g. in-services, students, CPR, new hire orientation, QI). Assumes a leadership role in committees, department processes and special projects in accordance with clinical expertise and individual performance plans. Demonstrates fiscal responsibility and knowledge about supplies, equipment, billing and staff resources used in the department.
  • Demonstrates essential skill competencies in the use of treatment modalities, equipment and protocols.
  • If hired initially into a clinical fellowship role, you will satisfy all regulatory requirements as mandated by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) for the duration of the fellowship to include the following:
    • Satisfies the minimum number of hours and weeks necessary.
    • Ensures the mandated percentage of time is spent in direct clinical care as stated by ASHA.
    • Satisfies the requirements of the Clinical Fellowship Skills Inventory.
    • Meets the minimum direct/indirect supervision hourly requirements by a Clinical Fellow mentor and any necessary counseling.
    • Applies for certificate of Clinical Competence and full active Virginia licensure immediately upon satisfying the requirements for completion of the Clinical fellowship year.


Education: M.S. in Speech Pathology
Certification: BLS through American Heart Association (AHA)
Licensure: VA License required
Special Skills: Basic computer knowledge, proficient in English verbal and written skill