Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Assist Occupational Therapists in providing specially prescribed occupational therapy treatments for conditions affecting the hands and upper quadrant in accordance with New Mexico Practice Act guidelines.
- May assist in the development of treatment plans, the documentation of treatment progress, and the modification of specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by Occupational Therapist.
- Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients with rehabilitative activities and exercises in their treatment plan, as prescribed by the Occupational Therapist.
- Utilize a variety of treatments and techniques to restore, improve and maintain functioning, alleviate pain, or prevent physical dysfunction in patients.
- Confers with patients, medical practitioners, or other appropriate parties to plan, implement, or assess intervention programs.
- Manages active patients to ensure attendance and compliance with treatment plan.
- Document care and other patient information, including history, treatment, and consultations, in accordance with HIPPA and NMOA policies.
- Observe patient during treatments to compile and evaluate data on patients’ responses and progress and report to physical therapist.
- Fit patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses and supportive devices and instruct them on proper use and care.
- Assist with patient transport.
- Adheres to company policies as described in employment handbook, clinic policies and procedures, regulatory standards and company work rules.
- Ensure patient service and quality standards are met including patient interaction and cleanliness of facilities.
- Attends required meetings and participate in committees as requested.
- Maintains confidentiality of patient account and employee information in accordance with HIPAA guidelines and NMOA policy.
- Participate in plans for continuous quality improvement regarding patient care, staff development and facility advancement.
- Complies with professional, ethical and legal standards.
- Regular and reliable attendance.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: N/A
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required.
- Knowledge of OT principles, standards and practices.
- Excellent communication and computer skills.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, co-workers, patients and vendors.
- Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
- Effective clinical problem-solving skills.
- Must be detail oriented.
- Must maintain professional demeanor at all times.
- Must be able to prioritize assignments and follow up to ensure task completion.
- Ability to work some evenings and weekends. Supervisor will determine hours as needed.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Associate degree from an accredited COTA program.
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
New Mexico license and CPR certified.
PHYSCIAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job responsibilities. Activities include holding, carrying, pushing, transferring, and pulling of objects and people, safely. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit for extended periods of time; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, bend, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must be able to safely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds. Repetitive motion of upper body required for extended use of computer. Requires vision correctable to 20/20 and hearing in the normal range for face-to-face and telephone contacts.
Works in well-lit, ventilated and climate controlled clinic environment
Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
This position is a safety-sensitive position. The use of marijuana is prohibited. Impairment by drugs or alcohol is also prohibited.
Job Status: Full Time