Speech Pathologist III- Rehab Srvcs (1.0 FTE, Days)

Category: Clinical Services
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Req: 11400
FTE: 1

Clinical Services

1.0 FTE, 8 hour day shifts


At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Provides diagnostic evaluations and treatment for patients with communication disorders, including speech, hearing and language problems. Addresses articulation, fluency and voice and utilizes augmentative and alternative communications systems for patient to improve communication skills when indicated. The Speech-Language Pathologist III is recognized as an expert in the field of Speech-Language Pathology with considerable experience and significant expertise in a specialized area. The clinician develops and implements clinical and community teaching opportunities in area of specialization to expand the skills of rehabilitation professionals and other clinical staff. In addition to handling a case load of clients, develops and implements clinical research in specialty area of expertise relating to patient care and publishes research results. Provides expert guidance/consultation to other therapists and health care professionals in area of expertise. Supervises patient care responsibilities of Speech Pathology student interns and speech pathologists who are completing the Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) at the hospital. Participates in new program development, departmental performance improvement, development of departmental policies and procedures and other specialized programs. Provides leadership in service improvement and development for the department and staff. Speech Language Pathologists assigned to treat pediatric patients at LPCH provide intervention to infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with disorders that affect development of behavioral skills within the professional scope of practice.
Essential Functions:
• Alleviates impairment and functional limitation by designing, implementing and modifying therapeutic interventions appropriate to patient's diagnosis, impairments and prognosis; Adapts treatment plans based on continuous assessment, progress made and patient goals.
• Completes yearly project within clinical specialty area, which is research and/or evidence-based driven to maintain level III status. Plans and presents an in-service at least once a year in a specific patient care area.
• Develops appropriate treatment plans that include specific treatment methods, duration and frequency of treatment, and goals; Selects and administers appropriate assessment and treatment techniques. Performs age appropriate competency skills in area of practice and with respect to individual patient's problems.
• Discharges patient from treatment when appropriate with adequate discharge planning including equipment procurement and family training, and communicates this appropriately to patient, family and health care team.
• Identifies departmental performance improvement issues and participates in performance improvement activities, e.g. chart reviews, revision of documentation forms, workflow studies, etc. Regularly re-evaluates patient care services and programs, and completes assignments in the departmental plan to improve services. Contributes to the development of departmental policies and procedures. Conducts new program development, for example by developing treatment protocols for new patient populations.
• Identifies needs for equipment repair or upgrade to maintain quality of care. Makes recommendations for selection and purchase of specific equipment and supplies.
• In conjunction with medical team, completes effective differential diagnosis and interprets diagnostic findings of speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disabilities.
• Initiates and participates in a leadership role in the multidisciplinary care planning to meet the needs of each patient and family, including participation in rounds and patient care conferences, communicating with and teaching other care providers. Performs off-site visits and contacts community agencies as necessary to provide continuity of service between hospital and community
• Organizes and maintains a patient caseload consistent with department productivity standards. Informs supervisor if problems arise related to the delivery of patient care or caseload volume. Ensures documentation and billing are timely, accurate and complete, including precautions, monthly and discharge summaries.
• Participates in Department, team, and discipline and/or unit meetings.
• Performs all necessary patient care documentation, including assessment, plan of care, progress notes, discharge summaries, and charges for evaluation and treatment. Documentation reflects patient status, progress or change, participation by patient and family in goal setting and delivery of care.
• Performs complex patient care tasks with advanced skills in clinical reasoning, problem-solving and treatment interventions. Assesses and treats patients within the CA Licensing Board and the American Speech and Hearing Association scope of practice, including, but not limited to cognitive and perceptual status, swallow evaluation and treatment, aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, voice, equipment procurement, and family training and education.
• Provides direct patient care that meets department and professional standards of practice, including patient assessment, development of speech pathology care plan, patient treatment, family/caregiver training and discharge planning. May serve as a clinician in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Minimum Qualifications:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.
Education: Requirement met by License/Certification Requirement.
Experience: Five (5) years of progressively responsible and directly related work experience.
License/Certification: BLS - Basic Life Support, Speech-Language Pathology in the State of California by the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of California (Code: SLP)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Ability to apply advanced clinical skills in treating difficult and complex cases.
• Ability to clinically supervise, train and evaluate students/interns.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to develop and document clearly and accurately treatment goals that are realistic, measurable, appropriate, functionally based and that include patient/family input.
• Ability to provide appropriate care and progress treatment based on professional standards of practice, and on the needs of the specific individual, including age and developmental considerations, cultural and psychosocial issues, precautions and medical condition.
• Ability to resolve conflicts that interfere with patient care or work responsibilities in a respectful and constructive manner.
• Ability to utilize sound clinical reasoning to determine appropriate patient interventions; demonstrates good safety awareness, judgment and problem analysis and resolution.
• Ability to work effectively both as a team player and leader.
• Knowledge and adherence to Code of Ethics and performance standards specific to the clinician's professional organization.
• Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional area.
• Knowledge of legal issues affecting the clinical practice.
• Knowledge of pathologies and injuries which result in speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disabilities.
• Knowledge of principles, methods, equipment and theory of the practice of clinical specialty.
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment.  Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability. Women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.