Vanderbilt University Medical Center Speech Pathologist 2, Full Time - Vanderbilt Home Care in Nashville, Tennessee

Speech Pathologist 2

Vanderbilt Home Care

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Department/Unit Summary

Vanderbilt Home Care is part of one of the country’s most respected medical centers. We provide in-home care for patients with chronic conditions.

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BringingVanderbilt Care into Your Home Since 1985

Vanderbilt Home Care provides caregivers in the patient's own environment under the direction of the patient's physician. When you or your loved one receives care from Vanderbilt Home Care, you are in the hands of highly skilled, compassionate individuals. We take pride in our work and feel privileged to be part of one of the country's most respected medical centers.

Our Missionand Values:

Our mission is to provide excellence in home care with the high standards that we would expect for our own family and loved ones. Our values include:

  • Support for community basedhome services through excellence in clinical practice and education

  • Patient safety and quality

  • Strong interdisciplinarycollaboration, communication and partnership

  • Evidenced based practice andclinical expertise

  • Technology enhanced innovation

The Home Health Quality team is a small task oriented team which consists of a quality educator, a quality data analyst, and quality reviewer. They work closely together with clinical managers to provide meaningful data on home health patient population and clinician best practices.


  1. Job Code: 3990

  2. Job Stream Description: TBD


Evaluate, treat and counsel patients with speech, language, fluency, voice, cognitive and swallowing/oral feeding disorders to improve communication and /or swallowing skills as required by clinician's population. Actively collaborate with the healthcare/educational team to meet patient care, outcome and system improvement objectives.

Position Qualifications


Bachelor's Degree (Required)

1 year experience (Required)

Licensed Speech Pathologist (Required)

Strongly Preferred:

  • CPR Certification

  • Home Health Experience

  • Electronic Medical Records Experience

  • Good Communication Skills

  • Advanced Certifications

  • Excellent Computer Skills

  • Leadership Experience

Position Shift:

  • Office Hours are 8am-4:30pm.

  • The therapist will receive extensive orientation and will have apreceptor to assist with orientation and learning of our medical recordssystem.



  • Formulate functional treatment plan that is goal focused, individualized, safe and age-specific to address deficits and patient/caregiver areas of concern.

  • Evaluate patient/caregiver responses and modify plan of care according to VHCS and VUMC standards.

  • Administer and score standardized and criterion referenced tests.

  • Interpret results of the assessment and their significance to the patient, family, referring physician and other members of the health care team.

  • Evaluate and incorporate new research findings into the assessment and treatment of patients.

  • Assist with establishing or modifying existing Standards of Practice for specific patient groups.

  • Complete documentation according to agency policy.

  • Meet productivity standards.

  • Demonstrate accountability as an individual and team member in meeting patient/family needs.

  • Participate in identifying cost effective measures for clinical care.

  • Manage clinical assignment in an organized, efficient manner using human and other resources.

  • Continuum of Care/Provision of Care

  • Provide therapeutic interventions for identified objectives.

  • Evaluate patient/caregiver responses and modify plan of care according to VHCS and VUMC standards.

  • Assure coordination of care for all patients including multi-disciplinary coordination as a case manager.

  • Identify and recommend for referral to other services as indicated.

  • Assure patient safety.

  • Establish relationship of trust and confidentiality with patient/caregivers.

  • Practice Infection Control.

  • Meet obligation for reimbursement of services.

  • Patient/Caregiver, Team & Community Education

  • Incorporate new information and findings from ongoing dialogue with patient, family, team, physician and payer into treatment plan.

  • Provide education/consultation to patient/caregiver/team/community.

  • Assess patient/caregiver learning needs, coordinate necessary teaching, and evaluate teaching outcomes.

  • Effectively identify and use appropriate educational tools and materials.

  • Plan educational programs to assist team/department with identified need.


  • Identify problems and/or actual or potential variances from goals and communicate with the health care team.

  • Initiate collaboration with the health care team to assure timely identification of the root cause(s) of problems/variances.

  • Participate in finding solutions for problems/variances and implement actions that move patients/caregivers toward desired goals.

  • Communication/Collaboration

  • Adapt communication to needs/level of patient/family/caregiver understanding or target audience.

  • Clearly and efficiently communicate significant information across the continuum of care and/or from one caregiver to another.

  • Independently collaborate with peers, members of HCT, and physician.

  • Seek leadership's guidance in conflict resolution.


  • Develop and achieve personal and professional goals.

  • Participate in quality improvement activities.

  • Identify need for professional growth and seeks appropriate professional development opportunities, obtaining a minimal number of educational activities annually that meet licensure requirements.

  • Team/Organization

  • Function as an integral member of the team, demonstrating ability to: respect roles and professional boundaries of self and others; follow through with assigned roles and required activities; understand/comply with policies and procedures.

  • Precept new staff.

  • Attend/participate in agency and committee meetings, including agency and discipline-specific Unit Boards, utilizing the Shared Governance model.

  • Adhere to and promote VHCS Mission and Vision.

  • Integrate professional practice/job responsibilities and organizational expectations.

  • Comply with standards, policies/procedures, laws and organizational expectations.

  • Strive to meet organizational service, satisfaction and cost goals.

  • Represent VHCS on committees, etc. outside the agency, as applicable.

VUMC Recent Accomplishments

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 ( BillWilkerson 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 Tennessee

· Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer

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

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Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 1 year experience

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

  • Licensed Speech Pathologist Required

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:


  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

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

  • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.

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

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

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

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

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


  • Occasional: 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.

  • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.

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

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.

  • Occasional: Climate: Ability to withstand exposure to atmospheric extremes including heat, cold, humidity, and barometric pressure changes.

Job Hearing/Speech/Audiology

Organization: VHCS Clinical - Therapy 119100

Title: Speech Pathologist 2, Full Time - Vanderbilt Home Care

Location: TN-Nashville-Vanderbilt Home Care Services

Requisition ID: 1804333