Occupational Therapist - Adult Acute (Relief), Portland, Oregon

Employer Oregon Health & Science University
Created 07/10/2024
Reference 243523868
Country United States
State Oregon
City Portland
Zip 97201
Salary -
Oregon Health & Science University

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

Occupational Therapist - Adult Acute (Relief)


Job ID: 2024-30655
Type: Relief/Flex/Resource
# of Openings: 1
Category: Rehabilitative
Portland, OR (Marquam Hill)


Provides a safe therapeutic environment

  • Ensures the safety and welfare of patients and fellow employees
  • Utilizes proper posture, sound body mechanics and principles for safe patient handling
  • Considers the needs of patients, employees, medical staff, volunteers, vendors and members of the community in an informative, courteous and compassionate manner
  • Maintains general good physical and mental health and self-care in order not to jeopardize the health and safety of self and others in the hospital
  • Maintains a clean, safe and orderly environment for the patients, family and staff. Includes, but is not limited to: maintaining supplies, equipment and forms, notifying appropriate personnel when cleaning or repair of equipment is needed, following infection control policies


  • Maintains current knowledge of professional practice responsibilities and relevant national and state laws and issues which affect their practice
  • Participates in departmental staff meetings, huddles and in-service education programs
  • Displays mature, empathetic and effective professional relationships by exhibiting compassion, integrity and concern for others
  • Conducts oneself in an ethical and legal manner, upholding the AOTA Code of Ethics, OHSU, federal privacy policies, and state statues/OAR’s specific to discipline
  • Adapts to changing and demanding environments


  • Demonstrates excellent customer service and communication skills in all interactions with patients and family, including both telephone and face-to-face situations
  • Demonstrates active listening skills and supportive, professional behavior at all times, to patients, families and staff
  • Addresses complaints and problems promptly and courteously, involving management when indicated
  • Communicates with patients and families, other healthcare team members, in a timely and cost-efficient, courteous manner

Evaluation and Caseload Management

  • Prioritizes patients care needs given medical necessity, discharge plan, medical stability and appropriateness to participate in rehabilitation
  • Evaluates patients to determine appropriateness of referral
  • Identifies rehab potential, establishes treatment goals specific to the scope of acute care rehabilitation, including functional outcomes, quantitative measures and target dates
  • Develops treatment plans to achieve identified goals
  • Documents evaluations in patient’s medical record in compliance with DNV, OHSU, OAR’s and third-party payer criteria
  • Enters accurate codes for services performed and bills time in patient care accurately
  • Provides consultation in a time-efficient manner for patients, specific to care area; requesting orders and/or providing guidance to the patient’s team regarding activity or prevention of complications

Provides skilled rehabilitation treatment

  • Prioritizes care needs given medical necessity, discharge plan, medical stability and appropriateness to participate in rehabilitation
  • Performs and documents skilled patient care activities, including direct treatment and caregiver/patient/family education
  • Monitors and adjusts treatment plans specific to patient progress
  • Fabricates and adjusts splints to meet patient needs
  • Communicates patient needs and promotes carryover of strategies, precautions, etc. with nursing and other caregivers
  • Updates recommendations to team regarding continuing rehabilitation needs and plan as patient’s condition and situations warrant
  • Directs, supports and provides supervision as required for aides and volunteers
  • Develops and enhances patient care program and patient outcomes in specialty area
  • Documents treatment and other patient contacts in patient’s medical record in compliance with DNV, OHSU, OAR’s and third-party payer criteria

Care Coordination

  • Collaborates with patient, family, and medical team in multidisciplinary patient rounds, ensuring a common level of understanding of the patient’s rehabilitation needs, and providing recommendations for rehab after discharge
  • Requests patient/family conferences as appropriate, and participates in conferences representing department, heightens awareness of and advocates for rehab needs of patient
  • Enhances patient safety both during and after hospitalization by assisting the team in problem-solving, including but not limited to vision, ADL, and cognition impairments
  • Provides feedback and educates physicians, fellows, residents, and other health care providers about rehabilitation (including but not limited to medical necessity for skilled rehabilitation services and appropriate referrals and expectations for rehab outcome and intensity at various levels of care)

Clinical Education

  • Provides evidence-based clinical instruction experiences and supervision for OT students
  • Ensure student completion of weekly goals; identifies and facilitates achievement of affiliation objectives
  • Provides regular feedback and completes evaluations on schedule
  • Participates in the supervision and training for students from other disciplines

Performance Improvement and Professional Development

  • Assists in department quality improvement. Independently maintains an organized schedule, solves schedule conflicts through peer collaboration and informs supervisor when adequate patient coverage in not available
  • Identifies and pursues continuing education opportunities; applies and shares new knowledge
  • Takes responsibility for special projects and assignments, and additional caseload when needed
  • Completes 2 hours (or specific DNV requirement) specific continuing education, including but not limited to, attendance in continuing education courses, grand rounds, departmental competencies. Ref: DNV standard CR.4

Department Operations

  • Ensures scheduler/manager has ongoing, current availability for scheduling
  • Responds in a timely manner to scheduling requests
  • Meets or exceeds departmental efficiency standards


  • BS, BA, MS or OTD in Occupational Therapy

  • Current American Heart BLS CPR certification

  • Current State of Oregon Occupational Therapy License

  • Compliance with Code of Conduct, Respect in the workplace and Applicable policies, procedures and agreements related to position, department or OHSU as a whole
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation


  • OTD
  • Acute hospital, SNF, inpatient rehab experience or student affiliation


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