As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Harborview Rehabilitation Therapies and Clinics has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, day shift, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT 1 (OTA), Acute Care. In collaboration with patients, families (as defined by patient), and staff across disciplines and departments, the OTA1 (COTA) will be responsible for directing, modifying and administering occupational therapy intervention, following evaluation by, and under supervision of, an occupational therapist. In collaboration with the patient and family, provides feedback to the occupational therapist in the development of the patient’s treatment plan. Administers treatments and physical agents as determined by an occupational therapist’s evaluation and, in regular consultation with an occupational therapist, in an effort to restore function and prevent further disability following injury, disease or physical disability.
Using feedback from the patient and family, provides information to the occupational therapist to incorporate into an appropriate evaluation as related to the therapy requested, observes and assess the effect of treatment and accurately reports to the occupational therapist in order to progress the treatment plan
Involves the patient/family in collecting feedback for the occupational therapist to formulate the plan of care by interacting professional and compassionately with the patient/family
In discussion with the patient and/or family, assesses patient pain interfering with optimal level of function or participation in rehabilitation, makes appropriate provider contact for intervention
Formulates a teaching plan, with the patient and family members, based upon identifies learning needs and assesses the effectiveness of learning in consultation with an occupational therapist
Communicates, orally and in writing, appropriately and clearly to physicians, staff, patients and their families, the administrative team, and outside entities. Maintains records pertinent to personnel and operation of the department
Interacts respectfully with patients and their families. In collaboration with patients and their families, identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic, and religious/spiritual needs
Is attentive to ensure that the needs of patients and their families are met and hospital policy is followed. (For example: offering a glass of water, ensuring that the call light is accessible, etc.)
Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors
Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly. Maintains department cleanliness and safety
Participates in student training according to the AOTA guidelines of the department. Assists with orientation and in-service training, participates in guidance and educational programs
Collaborates with patient and/or family members, and other departments, in the development of performance improvement activities
Performs other duties as assigned
REQUIREMENTS: Graduate of an approved educational program for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants AND Successful completion of the American Occupational Therapy Association's Occupational Therapy Assistant certification examination AND Current Washington State license, or license eligible to practice as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. AND Physical ability to move patients and equipment.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.