In your pivotal role as Hearing/Speech Technician, your duties will include, but not be limited to the following:
- Providing support to speech language pathologists in group therapy sessions (collecting data during sessions including degrees of cueing required [this requires a great deal of detail and training with the speech language pathologist regarding the specific type(s) of groups] and assisting with researching topics associated with the focus of the group(s)).
- Incorporating diagnosis specific precautions into work and assisting in safe provision of functional activities (leading handwashing, toileting/diaper changing, snack activities for pediatrics) as well as monitoring patient activity during therapist counseling with family members.
- Environment of Care support through maintenance of cleaning and sanitizing equipment and overall environment per OSHA and departmental standards.
- Preparation of treatment areas (set up group therapy rooms based on number of patients served and focus of therapy, set up individual therapy/assessment rooms based upon age and/or diagnosis, clean up/reorganize treatment rooms at the conclusion of service.
- Maintenance of facility equipment in a safe manner (cleaning and sanitizing, re-shelving/storing equipment following sanitization) and utilizing hospital standards.
- Creation of theme-based materials for use in therapy and/or assessment as well as creation of picture symbols for use with low and high-tech communication systems, and computer searches and development of information in notebooks regarding specific diagnoses. All of the materials creation requires fine motor skills with regard to cutting, drawing, laminating, copying, etc. Creativity is a must.
- Protection of patient rights and information
High School Diploma (minimum), some college (preferred)
Minimum of 2 years experience working with young children in a structured environment
Knowledge of child development milestones and stages
Knowledge of the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (preferred)
Take direction easily and accurately
Good communicator with regard to Standard English
**Fluency in a second language preferred but not required
40 hours/week (8-hour shifts plus one-hour lunch, Mon-Fri); hours will be dependent on department's need with start time no earlier than 7:30AM and end time no later than 7:00PM.
Provides support to speech language pathologists and audiologists through collection of data, assisting with researching topics, transportation of patients or other patient care support services.
Assists in safe provision of functional activities (leading hand washing, toileting/diaper changing, snack activities for pediatrics).
Provides support to speech language pathologists and teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing for implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities.
Maintains supplies at acceptable levels.
Prepares treatment areas (set up group therapy rooms based on number of patients served and focus of therapy, set up individual therapy/assessment rooms based upon age and/or diagnosis, clean up/reorganize treatment rooms at the conclusion of service).
Provides basic screening services (Prepare infant or child for hearing screening, performs hearing screening and communicates results to family).
The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.
EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE: Has limited experience, training, direct exposure, or past experience conducting maintenance activities in area of assignments.
REHAB PTA/COTA PATIENT DOCUMENTATION: Demonstrates sufficient 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.
AUDIOLOGY PATIENT EDUCATION: Communicates functional impact of assessment findings, treatment interventions, diagnosis, and disease process. Adapts communication to the level of understanding of the patient. Determines comprehension and need for repetition and/or revision of methods.
QUALITY ASSURANCE: Understands the goal of increasing organizational productivity and individual performance by making the products and services within your work assignments more efficient and more effective. Demonstrates quality management practices on the job which result in superior products and services delivered.
Organizational Impact: Performs tasks that are typically routine that may impact team's performance with occasional guidance.
Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Utilizes some discretion and research to solve routine problems.
Breadth of Knowledge: Applies knowledge of standards, established processes and procedure that apply to your own job.
Team Interaction: Provides guidance to entry level co-workers.
Develops Self and Others: Continuously improves own skills by identifying development opportunities.
Builds and Maintains Relationships : Seeks to understand colleagues priorities, working styles and develops relationships across areas.
Communicates Effectively: Openly shares information with others and communicates in a clear and courteous manner.
DELIVERING EXCELLENT SERVICES:
Serves Others with Compassion: Invests time to understand the problems, needs of others and how to provide excellent service.
Solves Complex Problems: Seeks to understand issues, solves routine problems, and raises proper concerns tosupervisors in a timely manner.
Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Listens carefully to understand the issues and provides accurate information and support.
ENSURING HIGH QUALITY:
Performs Excellent Work: Checks work quality before delivery and asks relevant questions to meet quality standards.
Ensures Continuous Improvement: Shows eagerness to learn new knowledge, technologies, tools or systems and displays willingness to go above and beyond.
Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Demonstrates basic knowledge of conditions that affect safety and reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate person or department.
MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY:
Demonstrates Accountability: Takes responsibility for completing assigned activities and thinks beyond standard approaches to provide high-quality work/service.
Stewards Organizational Resources: Displays understanding of how personal actions will impact departmental resources.
Makes Data Driven Decisions: Uses accurate information and good decision making to consistently achieve results on time and without error.
Generates New Ideas: Willingly proposes/accepts ideas or initiatives that will impact day-to-day operations by offering suggestions to enhance them.
Applies Technology: Absorbs new technology quickly; understands when to utilize the appropriate tools and procedures to ensure proper course of action.
Adapts to Change: Embraces change by keeping an open mind to changing plans and incorporates change instructions into own area of work.
The Pediatric Speech Language Division of the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center is an out-patient pediatric speech and language clinic consisting of more than 30 clinical staff members encompassing Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists plus our vital support staff including Administrative Assistants and Hearing/Speech Technicians. 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, though we have several satellite locations, and travel to them will be required periodically. We serve well over 600 children per month within group therapy sessions, individual therapy sessions, evaluations, consultations, and other related services. This position will heavily support group therapy services throughout the week in a structured environment as well as assignments in other speech language and occupational therapy groups as well as individual therapy sessions. This individual will answer to the departmental Administrative Supervisor though they will work closely with and take direction from clinical staff (OT and ST) within sessions. In addition this individual will need to demonstrate a clear passion for working with children in all of the anticipated activities and responses. Primary responsibilities will include the normal aspects of daily needs care such as snacks/meals, naps, toileting, sanitizing/safety requirements and especially the work of play. In this pediatric facility the position requires significant amounts of cleaning, organizing and sanitizing of items and surfaces. For additional information, please visit
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* US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center ), 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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