Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (Per Diem)
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.
- Is aware of patient injury/diagnosis and takes all necessary precautions for observing indications and contradictions.
- Provides treatment to diverse diagnostic populations 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.
- Communicates collaborates with support personnel regarding treatment orders as directed by the supervising OTR/L.
- Conducts the class/group situations (stroke, SCI, BI) as appropriate.
- When necessary, instructs care giver/family members in home exercise program as related to the patient’s functional and self-care status: discusses necessary equipment for the home situation.
- 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.
- Current state licensure/certification as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
- Previous experience in the care of patients preferred.
- Current BLS/CPR.
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