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Bozeman Health NICU SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST in Bozeman, Montana

  • POSITION DESCRIPTION

  • POSITION SUMMARY

  • This position is responsible for possessing the knowledge and skills within this specialized area of practice to provide developmentally appropriate assessment and intervention practices to be proficient in the delivery of team based services to preterm and medically compromised infants and their families within the essential areas of competent practice in the NICU, inclusive of recognizing the significant impact of development of communication, cognition, feeding, and swallowing in the developing infant.

  • REQUIREMENTS

  • EDUCATION

  • Required:

    • Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology
  • Preferred:

    • Certified Neonatal Therapist designation
  • LICENSURE and CERTIFICATION

  • Required:

    • License with State of Montana Department of Labor and Industry by date of hire.
  • BLS through AHA as healthcare provider

  • Preferred:

    • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech Language Pathology
  • Certified Neonatal Therapist designation

  • EXPERIENCE

  • Required:

    • Minimum of 2 years of recent full-time experience in a Level III/IV NICU as a dedicated SLP feeding/swallowing specialist
  • Preferred:

    • Prior experience working as a NICU lead therapist/clinical specialist
  • KNOWLEDGE OF, SKILLS IN, ABILITY TO, COMPLEXITY AND DIFFICULY:

  • KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • SKILLS IN:

  • ABILITY TO:

  • COMPLEXITY AND DIFFICULTY:

    • The following roles, knowledge bases, and skills enable the speech-language pathologist to provide a continuum of services for infants and families in the NICU with regard to communication, cognition, feeding, and swallowing, family/caregiver and staff education, and clinically based research. These areas include, but may not be limited to, the following:
  • Identification of infants at risk for and with existing developmental communication, cognition, feeding, and swallowing problems.

  • Conduct clinical assessment of the infant and family for communication, cognition, feeding, and swallowing problems, including neurodevelopmental assessments.

  • Conduct instrumental evaluation of the infant for feeding and swallowing problems.

  • Provide support and intervention/treatment for the infant's communication, cognition, feeding, and swallowing problems (evidence-based when available).

  • Provide education, counseling, and support to families, other caregivers, and staff regarding preferred practices in the NICU to support current and future communication, cognition, feeding, and swallowing skills.

  • Provide education for varied purposes and venues (e.g., rounds, staffing, and in-service educational programs).

  • Collaborate with other team members in identifying the need for additional assessments and consultations.

  • Maintain quality control/risk management.

  • Provide discharge/transition planning and follow-up care.

  • Program Development and execution

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and written with colleagues, patients and families.

  • Basic computer knowledge

  • Compliance rules and regulations

  • Accurate, timely, legible and objective patient documentation

  • Handle difficult situations involving patients, physicians or others in a professional manner

  • Work in a team environment, exercise creativity, be attentive to detail and maintain a positive attitude

  • Ability and commitment to integrate evidence based practice and research into one's professional practice.

  • Follow established Policies and Procedures. Refer to policy manual for specific instructions/guidelines.

  • Adhere to the standards established by this job description and the overall philosophy of Bozeman Health

  • Maintain flexibility to adapt to a variety of workload assignments

  • Keep Supervisor and Rehab Manager apprised of situations directly affecting the physical medicine and rehabilitation operation

  • Physically and mentally capable of performing all duties of the position

  • Work independently with a minimum of supervision, as well as integrally within a team

  • Advanced critical thinking skills to appropriately advance treatments and to refer to physicians and ancillary services when appropriate.

  • ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • PEDIATRIC SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST -

Experience and skill in Essential Functions listed below:

  • 80% Time Spent -

  • Evaluation and treatment of infants in the NICU with a variety of diagnoses which may affect the following systems: family and psychosocial, neurodevelopment, neuromotor, neurobehavioral, musculoskeletal, sensory, oral motor and feeding/swallowing.

  • Upon receipt of physician order, complete feeding/dysphagia and/or developmental assessments and treatment plans on infants <1500g (or <32 weeks GA) at birth, in addition to problem-based referrals.

  • Responsible for development of an individualized therapeutic intervention plan, inclusive of developing short- and long-term goals and treatment plans in collaboration with attending physician and/or established protocols/standards.

  • Provides quality, efficient and effective direct patient care and/or consultative services in accordance with standards/guidelines, applicable statutory requirements and accepted clinical practice for the speech-language pathology profession, using evidence based interventions to systematically analyze and improve patient care practices.

  • Documents patient assessment, plan of care, response to interventions and follow up in the electronic medical record.

  • Engaged in consulting and advising treatment plans for patients and following established protocols, within the scope of practice of speech-language pathology.

  • Communicates effectively and coordinates patient care with attending physician and the care team.

  • Participates in rounding and collaborates with attending physician and other members of the health care team in order to adjust plans of care accordingly.

  • 20% Time Spent -

  • Participates in quality initiatives/performance activities.

  • Participates in the development of policies, procedures, protocols, and guidelines as indicated and evaluates and implements the standards of care within the area of specialization.

  • Create/administer/participate in yearly competencies for NICU therapy staff. Pass and maintain NICU specific competencies.

  • Educate all new nursing staff regarding therapy in the NICU, oral feeding, premature infant development and developmental care.

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