The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) staff position is in the Occupational Therapy Department of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Systems (CAVHCS). The licensed COTNOTA provides treatment that promotes the function, prevention, remediation, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic physical, cognitive, and psychosocial dysfunction under the direction of the Occupational Therapist. NOTE: The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) selected for the Columbus VA Clinic will required to work on the Tuskegee, AL and or the Montgomery, AL campuses until the Columbus VA Clinic is opened for patient care. The COTA IOTA administers and monitors therapeutic interventions based on goals formulated by an Occupational Therapist but must be able to carry out a general treatment plan without the direct involvement of an Occupational Therapist. The duties and responsibilities of this position are carried out within the medical center including various clinical, and inpatient and outpatient patient care areas associated with PM&RS. Receives and interprets requests or instructions for procedures from the occupational therapist or physician. Plans and implements specialized treatment programs and applies occupational therapy procedures to patients under the general supervision of an occupational therapist. Employee may carry' out or oversee the work of lower graded assistants or support staff, students, and volunteers. Completes a preliminary review/examination of patient data (including medical history), compiles and organizes pertinent information, and develops/presents a patient profile to be used in assessing patient's status. Assists with or renders a course of treatment based on the assessed needs of the patient, developing progressive types of occupational therapy treatment programs. May assist the occupational therapist in development and implementation of a comprehensive specialized treatment plan that includes long- and short-term goals. Assists in the performance of, or independently performs, highly specialized and diversified treatment procedures within the OTA Practice Act. Instructs, motivates, and assists patients to learn activities of daily living, and instrumental activities of daily living, to improve the functional performance and safety of these activities. Utilizes the full range of modalities including heat, cold, and sound as demonstrates competence. Administers self-care management activities and active and passive therapeutic exercise. Assesses for and trains on the setup and use of durable medical equipment and assistive devices. Fits, adjusts, and instructs patients in use of orthoses, prostheses, and mobility appliances. Cleans, prepares, and maintains appropriate equipment and supplies required for these treatments, and as assigned by supervisor. Varies procedures, or the positions of care, to adjust for veterans' medical conditions. Modifies intervention environment, tools, materials, and activities in response to each veteran's response to treatment. With prior approval of the therapist, adapts the technical procedures and approaches involving new and unusual treatment and rehabilitation objectives to meet the individual veteran's needs. Prepares and presents written and oral reports for health care providers, nursing staff, fellow therapists, and all other professionals concerned with the patient's care. Participates in family and multidisciplinary team meetings, as assigned, to identify patient's needs, report on patient's goals and progress, and to assist in planning patient's treatment program. This knowledge has been acquired through a minimum of 1 years of clinical experience in this area. The position also includes representing the Occupational Therapy Department on different multidisciplinary teams, committees, groups, as assigned, communicating directly with team members including physicians, nursing personnel, social workers, dietitian, psychologist and other health care disciplines. Advises, teaches, and mentors medical center staff regarding patient care, treatment, program development, progress, and other needs as assigned. Identifies continuing education needs based on performance of OTA staff and intern students regarding both in-patient and outpatient care. This position will assist with and may make recommendations, as needed, to the Fieldwork Clinical Coordinator and the Occupational Therapy Supervisor, for day to day operations, patient care, internship assignments, and may assist with other job responsibilities, as assigned. Provides continuing education in the form of in-services and clinical training programs to the occupational therapy assistant, occupational therapy staff, and student interns, on the subject matter of their area of practice related to patient care, also including clinical education topics, as needed. Continues to maintain and learn new clinical skills in their area of practice by attending continuing education courses and training as applicable. This will maintain and advance their OTA skills and education to perform and interpret specialized treatment procedures in the areas of inpatient and outpatient care. Work Schedule: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Monday - Friday Subject to change based on agency needs. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599630200
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.