Covenant Health

Occupational Therapist

Parkwest Medical Center
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Clinical Specialist - OT, Occupational Therapy

Full-Time, 72 Hours Pay Period, Day Shift


The Occupational Therapy department provides care to all areas of the hospital including the medical, orthopedic and critical care units. We also serve patients in the Senior Behavioral Health Unit (SBU) treating geriatric patients that have varied diagnoses ranging from cognitive/behavioral disorders to dementia. The OT Department operates from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., with some later evenings based on patient needs to accommodate day of surgery orthopedic patients. There are two OT Departments; one is located on the 5th floor of the Montvue Tower to serve our medical patients and one on the 3rd floor of the new Dogwood Tower to serve the orthopedic patients. Both OT Departments have full bathrooms with safety equipment installed for ADL training as well as car simulators to practice car transfers. We also perform cognitive assessments to assist with discharge planning and home needs. Our OT Department is very family-oriented and thrives on teamwork and collaboration. We offer a fast-paced, high energy environment working with a variety of practitioners and medical staff to provide excellent care for all of the patients we serve.


Position Summary:Under general direction, plans, evaluates and implements treatment programs for occupational therapy patients.  While maintaining a patient load, assumes additional responsibility of program development, staff training and orientation, and consultation in area of expertise for fellow staff members.


1. Advanced clinical practice – including evaluation and specialized treatment of patients.

  1. Performs patient evaluations (initial, progress, and discharge evaluations), establishes treatment plans, makes recommendations, and sets goals in accordance with patient needs and evidence based practice.
  2. Meets established targets for passive/active treatment ratios
  3. Involves patient and family in treatment, education and goal setting. Coordinates with other medical personnel regarding patient’s progress, needs and discharge planning.
  4. Demonstrates knowledge and competency including providing for age-specific needs of the population served.

2. Serves as resource person for staff and senior staff on an ongoing basis.

  1. Provides 8 hours education/mentorship time per year. This includes:
    • Peer counseling /Mentorship
    • Community lectures/Volunteer
    • Orientation of new staff in area of specialty
    • In-services/Case Studies
    • Lunch and Learns

                          2. Development, implementation and evaluation of standards of care and evidence based practice:

  • Evidence base practice protocols
  • Clinical outcomes analysis and communication to team
  • New policy development
  • QI/QA

3. Maintains and updates patient documentation in accordance with professional, departmental, organizational, and payer guidelines and timeframes. Maintains established targets for compliance with chart audits.


4.Meets established targets for:

  • Quality/outcome measures
  • Service/patient satisfaction measures
  • Financial/productivity measures
  • Growth/patients-per-day measures

5. Demonstrates leadership including but not limited to:

  • Development and implementation of new and current programs.
  • Participates in training, orientation and supervision of support staff.
  • Participates in orientation of new licensed staff in area of specialty
  • Acts as Clinical Instructor for at least one student per year as available.
  • Participates in peer evaluations for competency assessment.
  • Assists with continuing education courses hosted by Covenant Health.

6. Complete partnering activities per established targets per month.

  • Physician office visits
  • Community lectures/volunteer
  • Case Manager visits/marketing
  • Provide in-services

7. Follows policies, procedures, and safety standards. Completes required education assignments annually. Works toward achieving goals and objectives, and participates in quality improvement initiatives as requested.


8. Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Education:            None specified; however, must be sufficient to meet the standards for achievement of the below indicated license and/or certification as required by the issuing authority.


Minimum Experience:          Four (4) years of experience with a minimum of three (3) years in specialty area


Licensure Requirements:     Must have and maintain Tennessee State Occupational Therapy Licensure, with achievement of at least one (1) of the following at time of hire or placement in the position:

  1. Advanced degree in specialty area
  2. Advanced degree associated with specialty area
  3. Professionally recognized certification in specialty area
  4. 100 hours (10.0 CEU’s) of continued education


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