Vanderbilt University Medical Center Occupational Therapist 2 in Nashville, Tennessee

OccupationalTherapist 2


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Department/Unit Summary

The Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute (PBRI) expands the traditional services of the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center by providing comprehensive neurorehabilitation services including:

· Occupational Therapy at

· Physical Therapy at

· Speech-Language Pathology at

· Social Work at

The Institute serves as theneurological outpatient rehabilitation center for adolescents and adults atVanderbilt Medical Center. Common neurological diagnoses treated includetraumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, braintumors and balance disorders. An individualized, structured program is designedfor each patient with a goal of maximizing independence in physical, cognitiveand emotional functioning.

Our therapists work together as ateam to ensure they are addressing issues with physical, cognitive, andemotional functioning, as well as communication, visual perception and dailyliving. Because the goals of each phase of the rehabilitation process differ,each outpatient therapy program may emphasize different therapies and differentlevels or aspects of functioning.


Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute (PBPRI) at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center is seeking a full-time occupational therapist. In this role, an occupational therapist has responsibilities to evaluate and treat patients with neurological conditions and diagnoses that include, but are not limited to, traumatic brain injury, stroke, tumor, spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease.

PBPRI is the outpatient interdisciplinary neurological rehabilitation program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In this dynamic environment, occupational therapists work as a team with colleagues in physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and social work to promote community re-entry, and vocational and/or academic transitioning for the patients at PBPRI.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong professional interest and background in neurological rehabilitation. Special consideration will be given to applicants with experience treating patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury.

Otherduties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct evaluations and treatmentof individuals with a variety of neurological diseases and conditions

  • Interdisciplinary teamwork


  • Analyzes comprehensive information from formal andinformal assessment that is pertinent to the patient's care and managementto determine a rehabilitation treatment diagnosis.

  • Collaborates with stakeholders in establishing the planof care, coordinates and implements care delivery while anticipatingpatient care needs across the rehabilitation continuum.

  • Applies appropriate, evidence-based interventions toensure effective outcomes and re-evaluates performance to assess patient'sprogress towards goals.

  • Employs strategies to promote successful return tohome, community, and school/vocational environments.

  • The responsibilities listed are a general overview ofthe position and additional duties may be assigned.


REHABILITATION THERAPIST PATIENT EVALUATION: - Demonstrates mastery in evaluating patients with physical deficits including impairments, developmental disabilities, functional limitations, disabilities, or changes in physical function by obtaining information pertinent to the assessment and administering and scoring standardized tests and objective measures of deficit areas. Selects appropriate measures and performs a functional assessment to document patient's status requiring skilled therapy. Interprets the results of the assessment and their significance to the patient, family, referring physician and other members of the health care team. Demonstrates experience in clinical evaluation skills and may serve as a mentor for other clinical staff to develop their skills in evaluation techniques. Contributes to the development of best practices for the organization. May consult with team members to implement new procedures.

TREATMENT PLANNING & GOAL SETTING: Demonstrates mastery in developing a plan of care that incorporates treatment interventions focused on meeting objective goals. Develops and documents patient focused short and long term goals that are functional and measurable. Identifies the need for and referral to other services, as needed. May serve as a mentor for other clinical staff to develop their skills in treatment planning. May consult with team members or implement new procedures.

TREATMENT IMPLEMENTATION: Demonstrates mastery in providing treatment consistent with physician prescription and established plan of care. Able to modify treatment plan as needed to demonstrate provision of skilled therapy services including progression of treatment throughout course of care, and revision of treatment interventions of goals not met. Supervises and directs certified athletic trainers (PT only), physical therapist / occupational therapist assistants, technicians and volunteers and students. Selects and follows correct protocol for care, as established, and actively seek out, utilize and mentor/teach others on current evidence based treatment strategies. May consult with team members to offer suggestions for treatment strategies. May serve as a clinical content expert for practice area, initiates consultation with team members for advanced treatment of patients, develop forum for staff members to utilize clinical expertise.

REHAB THERAPIST PATIENT DOCUMENTATION: Demonstrates proficiency in documentation practices. Documents in the appropriate templates and utilizes only approved abbreviations within patient documentation. Meets institutional standards for quality and timeliness of documentation. May complete accurate chart audits of co-workers in the same classification category

PHYSICAL/OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST PATIENT EDUCATION: Demonstrates mastery in communicating functional impact of assessment findings, treatment interventions, treatment planning diagnosis, and disease process. Able to adapt communication to needs/level of understanding of audience and share appropriate information/literature. May supervise, educate and train students from professional programs of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and athletic training and/or students and staff from other departments. Contributes in the development of patient education best practices for the organization.


  • Organizational Impact: Executes job responsibilitieswith the understanding of how output would affect and impact other areasrelated to own job area/team with occasional guidance.

  • Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Analyzesmoderately complex problems using technical experience and judgment.

  • Breadth of Knowledge: Has expanded knowledge gainedthrough experience within a professional area.

  • Team Interaction: Provides informal guidance andsupport to team members.



  • Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy andenthusiasm in developing self/others to help improve performance and gainknowledge in new areas.

  • Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regularcontact with key colleagues and stakeholders using formal and informalopportunities to expand and strengthen relationships.

  • Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactionsand modifies one's own communication style to suit different situationsand audiences.


  • Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understandcurrent and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes servicesto better address them.

  • Solves Complex Problems: Approaches problems fromdifferent angles; Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunitiesand develop concrete solutions.

  • Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoingsupport and coaching in a constructive manner to increase employees'effectiveness.


  • Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly in formaland informal dialogue about quality; directly addresses quality issuespromptly.

  • Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies variouslearning experiences by looking beyond symptoms to uncover underlyingcauses of problems and identifies ways to resolve them.

  • Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements:Understands all aspects of providing a safe environment and performsroutine safety checks to prevent safety hazards from occurring.


  • Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense ofownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.

  • Stewards Organizational Resources: Appliesunderstanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources fora department/area.

  • Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strongunderstanding of the information or data to identify and elevate opportunities.


  • Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies newideas/opportunities from multiple sources or methods to improve processesbeyond conventional approaches.

  • Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm forlearning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short-termchallenges.

  • Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/orproblems as opportunities for improvement; actively embraces changeinstead of emphasizing negative elements.

Position Qualifications:


§ Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Occupational Therapy

§ At least 12 months of relevant experience

§ Possession of or eligibility for TN state license in Occupational Therapy


§ Prior experience in treating patients with spinal cord injuries in an outpatient neuro-rehabilitation setting is preferred.


Position Shift:

This is a full-time position; 40 hours per week; 8:00am - 5:00pm five days a week.

VUMC RecentAccomplishments

Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:

· US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center at ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training

· Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.

· Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"

· The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score

· National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US

· Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Middle Tennessee

· Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer

· American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US


Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

  • Medium Work category requiring exertion up to 50lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 20 of force frequently and/or up to 10 of force continually to move objects.


  • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.

  • Occasional: Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device

  • Occasional: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.

  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles

  • Occasional: Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.

  • Occasional: Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.

  • Occasional: Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Occasional: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Occasional: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.

  • Frequent: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

  • Frequent: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

  • Frequent: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

  • Frequent: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

  • Frequent: Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or maneuvering self, patient and equipment simultaneously while working in large and small spaces

  • Frequent: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

  • Frequent: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.

  • Frequent: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.


  • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

  • Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information

  • Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

  • Continuous: Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.

Environmental Conditions

  • Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.

  • Occasional: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.

Job Physical/Occupational Therapy

Organization: Pi Beta Phi Rehab 303792

Title: Occupational Therapist 2

Location: TN-Nashville-Medical Center East (MCE) - South Tower

Requisition ID: 1807394