Vanderbilt University Medical Center Speech Pathologist 2 in Nashville, Tennessee

SpeechPathologist 2


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The Medical Speech Pathology Unit of the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center encompasses inpatient acute care, outpatient adult FEES, outpatient pediatric feeding services, outpatient pediatric resonance services, and outpatient pediatric speaking valve services. The Pediatric Unit of Medical Speech Pathology includes 8 Speech Language Pathologists and represents over 75 years of experience and expertise providing for the needs of pediatric patients. Our primary site for service is housed within the state-of-the-art Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center located in the heart of the Vanderbilt Medical Center Campus. In addition, we support Vanderbilt off-site medical clinics. On-site mentorship is available. For more information, please visit


In this rewarding and pivotal role,your duties will include but not be limited to the following:

§ Assessment and intervention serving children birth to 21 years in the areas of feeding,

§ Counseling of families, consultation with physicians, educators and other professionals serving our patients.

§ Documentation of services and contacts within the electronic medical record (based on facility timeline standards and using the appropriate documentation system.)

§ Participation within specialty clinics

§ Graduate Student Supervision

§ Participation in departmental projects


  • 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.

  • Supervises graduate students by providing instruction,guidance/counsel and training to ensure provision of competent patientcare and completion of appropriate documentation.

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


    SPEECH PATHOLOGY PATIENT EVALUATION (NOVICE): - Demonstrates proficiency in evaluating patients with speech-language, auditory, and/or swallowing/oral feeding deficits using the appropriate testing methods and equipment for the patient type, diagnosis, and reason for the referral. Demonstrates the ability to obtain the case history and 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 for the patient, family, referring physician and other members of the health care team.

    SPEECH PATHOLOGY TREATMENT IMPLEMENTATION (NOVICE): - Demonstrates proficiency providing treatment consistent with physician prescription and established plan of care. Identifies treatment objectives based upon assessment results and family input. Writes functional objectives in measurable terms that are consistent with the family's goals and resources. Applies evidence based clinical management practices. Identifies and recommends additional/alternative services when appropriate.

    REHAB THERAPIST PATIENT DOCUMENTATION (NOVICE): - 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.

    DISCHARGE PLANNING (NOVICE): - Demonstrates proficiency in the discharge planning process. Informs patients, family and members of team of the patient's needs based upon the assessment and/or treatment. Makes recommendations for continued services, follow-up, or referrals to other services. Seeks guidance consistently on the transition and discharge process including transition services and referral resources. May anticipate transition and discharge needs of the patient based upon understanding of pathology/diagnosis and relationship to their present functional status. Will have completed at least one year of experience with transition and discharge planning.

    SPEECH PATHOLOGY PATIENT & FAMILY EDUCATION (NOVICE): - Demonstrates proficiency in communicating functional impact of assessment findings, treatment interventions, treatment planning diagnosis, and disease process. Considers the communication needs/level of understanding of audience and may share appropriate information/literature. May supervise, educate and train students from professional programs of speech-language pathology.


  • 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 groupinteractions and modifies one's own communication style to suit differentsituations and 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: Providesongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increaseemployees' 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.



· Masters Degree from a CAA Accredited Program


· Tennessee Licensure or Eligibility for Tennessee Licensure in Speech Language Pathology

· Minimum of 3 years experience in pediatric service provision and no less than 2 years of

· Pediatric feeding therapy experience

· Self-motivated individual

· Flexibility with regard to use of techniques, scheduling, and cross coverage

· Creativity

· Great Communication Skills

· Good Technical Report Writing Skills


· Fluency in a 2 nd language


Position Shift:

40 hours/week with possible combination of 7:00am-4:00pm, 7:30am-4:30pm, 8:00am-5:00pm, 9:00am-6:00pm or other configurations that meet the department’s operational need of serving patients and families. Flexibility expected and extended based on business needs.

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

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Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

  • Light Work category requiring exertion up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally and uses negligible amounts of force to move objects.


  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

  • 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: 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

  • 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.

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

  • Frequent: Walking: Moving about on foot.

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

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

  • 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 Hearing/Speech/Audiology

Organization: Medical Speech - Peds 303791

Title: Speech Pathologist 2

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

Requisition ID: 1804609