The Occupational Therapist (OT) provides direct patient care in all Occupational Clinics in Biloxi, MS. The OT is responsible for providing an Occupational Therapy Plan of Care for patients with appropriate disabilities. These inpatients and outpatients are referred by Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS;), Ambulatory Care, Surgery, Ward Physicians/Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants, Psychiatrists, and the Mental Hygiene Clinic.
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The Occupational Therapist answers Medical consults using standard and specialized examination procedures, interpreting prescription and appropriately orders treatment which utilized all necessary therapy disciplines, subject to review by supervisor.
Develops and implements an Occupational Therapy plan of care, using assessment to modify the treatment as a result of changing medical conditions or because of a variety of severe physical and mental disabilities.
Uses standard and specialized methods for interpreting a wide variety of patient physical functional levels and for providing progressive treatments.
Directs and provides guidance to OT Assistants in proper application of OT methods and techniques
Implements treatment plans and maintains a balanced workload within clinics by properly assigning staff and patients.
Maintains clinic records and files to ensure confidentiality of sensitive data, abiding by VA and HIPPA patient confidentiality regulations in documentation, consultation and release of information.
Works with consult management, scheduling and compliance adhering to all security and privacy regulations.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. Tour of duty may be adjusted to meet patient care needs on weekends.
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0631 Occupational Therapist
Basic Requirements: * United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. * English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d). * Education. Graduation from a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or predecessor organizations to include an internship (supervised fieldwork experience required by the educational institution). The ACOTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). * Certification. Possession of written documentation that the individual has passed the entry-level certification examination for OTs which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). * Licensure. The OT must hold a full, current, and unrestricted state license, certification, or registration or trademark to practice occupational therapy in a State, Territory, a Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia.
Grade Determinations: GS-11 Occupational Therapist
(a) Education and Experience. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of one year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade directly related to the position being filled, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related field.
(b) Demonstrated KSAOs. In addition to the basic requirements, individuals assigned as GS-11 OTs must demonstrate all of the following KSAOs: * Knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques to perform functions associated within the occupational therapy scope of practice. * Ability to communicate orally and in writing. * Ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities and demonstrate the clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in depth specific assessment of function and utilization of non-standard methods and techniques. * Knowledge of principles and techniques in the occupational therapy assessment and treatment of occupational, cognitive, and psychological functional deficits. * Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care providers. * Ability to facilitate and instruct in-service and clinical training programs. * Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance. (c) Assignment. OTs at this grade level must meet state regulatory requirements for assignment at this grade level, and are considered to be at the full performance level. Staff OTs at this level practice independently and are responsible for performing occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions. Staff OTs demonstrate a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures. They are assigned to all program areas which are covered by Rehabilitation Services and provide professional, independent occupational therapy services in the assigned area. OTs at this level may be given general assignments in any occupational therapy program area where the advanced specialized knowledge is not required on a recurring basis due to the patient population served and complexity of the facility and/or treatment area or may serve as the sole OT at a less complex facility. Individuals may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial (less than 25% of the duty time).
References: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G14, Dated February 26, 2009.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.
Physical Requirements: Lifting up to 35 pounds for 8-12 hours, intermittently Moderate carrying (15-35 pounds) for 8-12 hours, intermittently Lifting over 35 pounds with assistive devices in accordance with the Safe Patient Handling Policy except in emergent situations requiring prompt patient care Pulling for 8-12 hours , Intermittently Pushing for 8-12 hours, intermittently Reaching above the shoulders for 8-12 hours, intermittently Both hands required Walking 8-12 hours, intermittently Standing 8-12 hours, intermittently Kneeling 8-12 hours, intermittently Repeated bending for 8-12 hours, intermittently Climbing and use of both legs and arms for 8-12 hours, intermittently Both legs required Near vision correctable at 13-16" to Jaeger 1 to 4 Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye Ability to distinguish basic colors Hearing (aid permitted) Other:twisting, simple grasp, and fine manipulation
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Open & closing dates: 07/12/2018 to 08/01/2018
Salary: $72,521 to $88,442 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 00
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent