Kindred Healthcare is seeking a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) for Mercy Iowa City Rehabilitation Hospital, our new, 40-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) located in Coralville, IA! Our new rehabilitation hospital, in partnership with Mercy Iowa City, is now open and offers specialized programs for people who have experienced stroke, brain and spinal-cord injuries, amputations, complex orthopedic injuries and other conditions requiring inpatient rehabilitative services. Our goal is to help patients achieve their highest level of recovery with a goal of returning home as soon as able.
Our culture of caring for our patients and residents begin with our core values - our employees. We are committed to fostering professional growth and dedicated healthcare teams that make us the provider of choice. We embrace a diverse workforce and understand that hiring outstanding people is the key to providing quality care - and quality care is what we do every day! Interested in a career with Kindred Hospitals, a place where you can put your heart into and make a real difference in our patient's lives?
The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant functions under the direct supervision of the Occupational Therapist and as directed by a licensed physician is responsible for a specific patient's care. The COTA assumes responsibility and accountability for providing occupational therapy modalities and treatment procedures as determined by a treatment plan established by an Occupational Therapist in order to restore function and prevent disability following patient illness or injury. The COTA carries out these responsibilities in accordance with established hospital and departmental policies while maintaining the highest degree of quality patient care.
Under guidance of supervising OTR/L: Acquires pertinent information and implements comprehensive program using varied techniques and treatment activities; reviews and modifies treatment in response to changing patient needs; identifies equipment and discharge needs.
Provides treatment to diverse diagnostic population and completes supporting documentation according to hospital policy and State Practice Act.
Observes treatment affect, accomplishment of short and long term goals and recommends change to the supervising OTR/L, if needed.
Complies with department, hospital, and regulatory agency guidelines with respect to ethics, legal issues and supervisory relationships. Demonstrates professional accountability per AOTA Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Demonstrates appropriate and effective written, verbal and non-verbal communication with team members through the continuum of care.
Completes timely and accurate documentation, including QI scoring, of patient treatment in the patient medical record as indicated
The population is adult and geriatric patients requiring an adult medical rehabilitation program and services. Some facilities also treat adolescent patients.
Able to assess patient pain interfering with optimal level of function of participation in rehabilitation; makes appropriate interventions to reduce pain after consulting with supervising OTR/L and makes appropriate physician contact as indicated.
Protects patient confidentiality in regard to medical, emotional, and social status.
Advocates for the profession through memberships, affiliations, continuing education, community service and legislative support .
Assists in inventory and ordering of supplies and equipment.
Assists in maintenance of safe, clean work environment.
Assists in preparation/maintenance of daily treatment schedule.
Assists in program development and preparation to meet regulatory agency standards i.e. Joint Commission, CARF.
Observes, measures and records the cardiovascular responses of heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation.
Plans and presents educational programs for department; hospital and/or community.
Provides orientation, instruction, supervision and/or guidance to ancillary staff, COTA students, and volunteers.
May transport patients/equipment to/from therapy gym.
Uses computer system to assist in preparation/maintenance/printing of work list and entering of charges.