Speech Therapist

Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Job Description

The Occupational therapist organizes and carries out occupational therapy programs in the hospital for inpatients or outpatients, to facilitate the rehabilitation of the mentally or physically handicapped. The staff OT provides direct patient focused care to include occupational therapy evaluations and quality treatment with short and long term goals determined by the patients needs. The staff OT may work with any /all patients of the following age groups based upon individual responsibility, training, and competency: Infants (age 0-18 months), Children (age 19 months-12 years), Adolescents (age 13 years 17 years), Adults (age 18 years 64 years), and Geriatrics (age 65+ years). All OTs are required to have competency for adolescent, adult, and geriatric age groups. Therapists who will work with children or infants less than 13 years will require specific training and competencies demonstrated prior to working with pediatrics. The staff OT also assists the director of the department in the supervision of support staff, quality assurance and improvement activities and the overall operation of the occupational therapy department. The staff occupational therapist is required to perform the professional duties and standards of care as specified by the American Occupational Therapy Association, state and federal laws and regulations, and JCAHO standards.

EDUCATION: B.S., M.S. or DOT Occupational therapy from an accredited program. Must be able to read and write English.

EXPERIENCE: Experience preferred but new graduates are acceptable. Candidate must have current licensure or be eligible to apply for licensure in the state of Tennessee.


a. Candidate needs to have effective oral and written communication skills with all age groups and educational levels.

b. Candidate needs to have good organizational and problem solving skills and takes responsibility for own actions.

c. Candidate emphasizes excellence in patient care and customer relations. Candidate must be able to interact with all age groups, educational levels, and people with medical or cognitive problems in an effective, pleasant, courteous, and respectful manner.

d. Candidate is willing and able to be flexible and versatile in role functions.

e. Candidate is able to handle a fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment while providing excellent quality of care.

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