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Occupational Therapist Rehab - Occupational Therapy - Per Diem/Days in Lancaster, CA at Antelope Valley Hospital

Date Posted: 3/19/2019

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Job Description

Job Objective: Reporting to the Director of Rehabilitation Services, provides for the carrying out of patient referrals under the general direction of the referring physician to support the Direction of Rehabilitation Services, the Physical Therapy Supervisor and the Rehabilitation Services Department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

A. Provision of Patient Care

  1. Performs Occupational. Therapy evaluations as ordered by a physician.
  2. Based on the evaluation, develops treatment programs with appropriate treatment objectives which are mutually agreed upon by the patient.
  3. Provides for the implementation of proper treatment programs through themselves or through supervision of an occupational therapy assistant or aide.
  4. Periodically evaluates the patient's response to treatment and alters the program as appropriate with the physician's approval.
  5. Administers standard diagnostic or prognostic assessment or occupational performance components, including neuromuscular, sensori-integrative, cognitive and psychosocial skills.
  6. Performs therapy services in both the inpatient and outpatient settings and Home Health patients as assigned.
  7. Administers assessments and treatment of occupational performance including independent daily living skills and functional abilities, work adjustment, play/leisure abilities and educational and social skills.

B. Communication

  1. Maintains appropriate patient records including the initial evaluation, daily treatment charting, progress reports, and discharge summary in the patient's medical record.
  2. Documentation on the Multidisciplinary Care Plan and Teaching Record.
  3. Communicates effectively verbally and with written communications to referring physicians.
  4. Provides timely and accurate billing information specific to patient interventions provided.
  5. Maintains effective relationships with physicians, physician's offices, other departments within the hospital, coworkers and patients.

C. Administrative

  1. Maintains patient and employee confidentiality.
  2. Maintains adequate attendance and punctuality.
  3. Maintains a professional appearance and good personal hygiene.
  4. Participation in departmental staff meetings.
  5. Demonstration of proper safety practices in the clinic and on the hospital floors.
  6. Participation in the established weekend and holiday staffing rotations.
  7. Participation in the Performance Improvement process in the Rehabilitation Services Department.

Non-Essential Duties:

  • Performance of housekeeping tasks in their work area.
  • Participation in patient education and forms development.
  • Participation in continuing education for patients, hospital employees or outside customers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of the theory, techniques and practices of accepted occupational therapy treatments for geriatric, adult, adolescent and child patient populations.
  • Knowledge of the English language and possess good composition skills for the purposes of written communication.
  • Knowledge of Antelope Valley Hospital's hospital information system (HIS).


  • Administration of occupational therapy treatments in the acute care, outpatient and home health care settings.

o Accurate assessment of a patient's progress on the basis of judgmental criteria and measurable or verifiable criteria.

  • Supervision and training of physical therapy assistants and aides.
  • Training of non-medical persons to assist with a patient's home program/management.


  • Communicate effectively while maintaining good working relationships with coworkers, managers, hospital staff, physicians, patients and outside customers.
  • Collection and interpretation of data.

Core Competencies: All AVH employees will effectively demonstrate these behaviors:


Action Oriented

Customer Focused


Effective Communication


Ethics & Values

Integrity & Trust

Education and Experience:  Education

  • Graduation from an American Occupational Therapy Association's Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA) predecessor organization or AOTA's Career Mobility Program approved Occupational Therapy program.


  • Preference of 1 year of acute care patient clinical experience.

Required Licensure and/or Certifications:

  • Possession of a valid license as a Registered Occupational Therapist issued by the Board of Medical Examiners, State of California or eligible for license.
  • American Heart Association BLS CPR certification.

AVH Conduct/Compliance Expectations:

  • Ability to adhere with AVH Leaves of Absence Policy
  • Ability to adhere with AVH Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy
  • Ability to adhere with AVH Recording of Hours Worked Policy
  • Ability to adhere to the department dress code
  • Ability to organize work and,ettablish priorities
  • Ability to expand on own initiative in performance of duties
  • Skill and ability to follow the telephone etiquette/standards
  • Conforms to AVH Standards of Excellence
  • Ability to function effectively under pressure and meet time parameters
  • Ability to communicate effectively while maintaining good working relationships with co­workers, managers and other hospital staff
  • Ability to adhere to the normal standards of courtesy and conduct as defined under the rules of hospitality at AVH
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of patient, hospital and department information
  • Ability to adhere to safety rules and regulations
  • Safely and effectively uses all equipment necessary to carry out duties
  • Ability to interpret and function under hospital and department policies and procedures
  • Conforms with required and appropriate Joint Commission requirements
  • Conforms with and supports hospital quality assurance and improvement guidelines
  • Ability to participate effectively in department and hospital staff education
  • Display a willingness to work as a team player
  • Ability to give and support the highest level of patient/customer satisfaction at all times
  • Supports and adheres to the values and mission statement established by the AVH Board of Directors

Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Corporate Compliance rules and regulations, complies with duty to report behavior standard, demonstrates understanding of purpose for Corporate Compliance hotline and importance of seeking guidance from a supervisor when in doubt regarding a possible corporate compliance issue

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Position will require frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, twisting and reaching.
  • Frequently requires lifting in excess of 50 lbs and pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs.
  • Potential exposure to radiation, chemicals and biohazard which will require use of PPE.

A detailed description of the physical requirements of this job is maintained in the Employee Health Department.

Looking for an opportunity to work in healthcare the way you always dreamed you could? At Antelope Valley Hospital, our employees are at the heart of what we do best – delivering high quality, patient-centered healthcare.

Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420 bed acute care facility, located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles, the Antelope Valley is one of Southern California’s fasted growing communities. We are a Level II Trauma Center and Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Accredited. Serving the community for over 50 years, our non-profit hospital has grown to be the preeminent healthcare facility for our district’s nearly 1.2 million residents. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer.



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