This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: 1. United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3.g. 2. Education and/or Experience: The individual must meet at least one of the following requirements below: (a) Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) years of experience as an occupational therapist; NOTE: The baccalaureate degree must be from an approved program prior to the AOTA January 1, 2005 decision that the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) would only accredit master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy. OR, (b) Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) full years of graduate education in a related field; NOTE: The baccalaureate degree must be from an approved program prior to the AOTA January 1, 2005 decision that Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) would only accredit master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy. OR, (c) Master's Degree or higher in occupational therapy. Individuals must be a graduate of a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the ACOTE or predecessor organizations. This is inclusive of an internship (supervised fieldwork experience required by the educational institution). ACOTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Degree programs may be verified by contacting the American Occupational Therapy Association website or at their office address: American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign occupational therapy programs meet the above education and experience requirements if they have a current, full, active and unrestricted license to practice occupational therapy in a state, territory or Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia. 3. Certification: Candidates must possess a current National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification as an occupational therapist. 4. State Licensure. Candidates must possess a full, current, and unrestricted state license to practice occupational therapy in a state, territory or Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia. 5. English Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). GRADE DETERMINATIONS: Occupational Therapist, GS-12 (a) Education, Experience, or Licensure. Completion of one year of experience equivalent to at the GS-11 grade level and directly related to the position being filled. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs in their resume: Knowledge of occupational therapy principles and techniques consistent with current clinical standards based on OT theory and evidence based practice. Knowledge is inclusive of physical, occupational, cognitive, and psychosocial functional deficits. Ability to collaborate and communicate orally and in writing with all internal and external stakeholders Ability to use critical analysis, clinical reasoning, and creativity to independently solve complex problems related to adapting and modifying assessments, treatment plans, activities and procedures to meet the needs of patients. Skill in procuring, fabricating, adjusting, adapting, and modifying orthoses, splints, and adaptive equipment for activities of daily living (inclusive of durable medical equipment). Ability to conduct OT related in-service and clinical training. Preferred Experience: - Ideal applicant has current/previous experience with patients with spinal cord injury but this is not required. - Experience in prescribing durable medical equipment (DME). - Experience with prescription of exercise programs. References: VA Handbook 5005/127, Part II Appendix G14, Occupational Therapist, Qualification Standard. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Work requires typical physical requirements of working within a hospital facility, outpatient clinic, office, gymnasium or pool in the performance of job responsibilities. Physical exertion such as long periods of standing, or recurring and considerable crouching, bending, standing, stooping, stretching, walking or climbing/descending stairs. Employees frequently carry light items such as books, office supplies, instruments, occupational therapy supplies and other similar materials. Work also includes frequent lifting of moderately heavy items weighing less than 23 kilograms (i.e., under 50 pounds). May involve occasional exposure to conditions in facilities or hospital settings requiring safety precautions. Personal Protective Equipment may need to be worn in the course of your work day. ["If you ARE a current, permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under CBST-11586503-22-ARS. This Occupational Therapist position serves as a liaison for Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation and Extended Care Line in the Spinal Cord Injury Program and the Spinal Cord Injury Home Care Program. The duties of the Occupational Therapist include, but are not limited to: Responsible for planning, developing, and implementing effective treatment programs in the delivery of Occupational Therapy services primarily for patients with diagnosis of spinal cord injury. This therapist may also provide Occupational Therapy services, as needed, to patients with other diagnosis; Serves as a member of the SCI and SCI-HC interdisciplinary care teams and other patient care teams as needed to provide quality, effective, and efficient patient centered care; Adapts assessment tools and treatment appropriate to the level of injury, complexity of the diagnosis or disability; Demonstrates the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively orally and in writing with all internal and external stakeholders. Effectively communicates with patients, families, and other health care providers to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process; Following referral/consult from a physician or other approved provider, reviews the medical record and independently evaluates each patient to determine functional deficits and the best method to accomplish rehabilitation goals; Evaluations include medical history, results and interpretation of appropriate functional tests and measurements such as: activities of daily living, IADL's, range of motion, muscle strength, sensory deficits, coordination, pain, cognitive, visual perceptual, etc. Utilizes standard and non-standard methods in the evaluation and interpretation of a wide variety of physical and cognitive functional levels. Tests are frequently complex and may need to be adapted because of multiple physical disabilities or medical conditions. Utilizes FIM in assessing all SCI rehab patients and other in/outpatients as indicated; Practice independently and is responsible for comprehensive assessment of functional and occupational roles using standardized and non-standardized evaluation tools; Applies recognized Occupational therapy treatment procedures correctly, safely, and modifies these techniques in such a manner as not to interfere with any traction devices, surgical drains, catheters, immobilizing appliances, respiratory aides, or monitoring devices; Recognizes adverse reaction to treatment, significantly altered physical or mental status of patients, and reports to appropriate medical authority; Documents initial findings, treatment goals, equipment recommendations, treatment provided, patient progress, patient/family education, and discharge summary in patient's medical record in accordance with MEDVAMC, RCL policies and CARF and TJC standards; Develops appropriate home program for patient, as needed, prior to discharge. As indicated, instructs family or care provider in ways to assist patient to carry out the program; Demonstrates the skills in procuring, fabricating, adjusting, adapting, and modifying orthosis, splints, and adaptive equipment for activities of daily living as indicated by patient need; Evaluates for and recommends appropriate assistive devices and adaptive equipment as indicated. Accurately completes timely Prosthetics consults for recommended items. Fits devices appropriately for patient needs and instructs patient/care provider in the use of these devices; Refers patients for community resources as needed; Collaborates and communicates orally and in writing with all internal and external stakeholders. Participates in team conferences, rounds, discharge planning meetings, specialty clinics, and other assigned medical meetings; Consults with physicians, other therapists and medical personnel, the patient, and as indicated the family and/or caregiver, to maximize benefit of the patient's therapy program; Utilizing appropriate teaching methods and learning principles with creativity and tact, motivates patients to achieve their maximum performance. When needed appropriately employs unusual motivational techniques to enlist patient participation in the treatment program; Uses professional knowledge to interpret results of Occupational Therapy evaluations and treatment outcomes to patients, families, and medical staff. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nEDRP Authorized: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, EDRP Coordinator, for questions/assistance\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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