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In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.
General Description of the Job Class
Plan and administer speech language pathology evaluations and plan and implement appropriate treatment. Document provision of such care, utilizes support staff and participate in special projects as designated.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
CLINICIAL SPEECH PATHOLOGIST DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Independently maintains a clinical caseload in designated clinical cluster area
Provides evidence based evaluation and treatment to diverse, medically challenging patient populations
Provides quality service delivery techniques that facilitate optimum services to meet patient needs being sensitive to patients age, social, cultural, educational and vocational background.
Provides appropriate written and/or verbal education on communication and/or swallowing disorders to patients, families, and professionals
Completes required documentation accurately and within the designated time frame which may include report writing, billing, and/ or professional education database
Works collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team as well as with Division colleagues to promote best patient care standards
Participates in the peer review process
Participates in performance improvement initiatives within assigned work area under the supervision of Clinical Coordinator
Takes initiative to remain current in clinical practice through lectures, literature, and other educational opportunities
Organizes daily schedule to prioritize responsibilities including the integration of meetings, responsibilities, or tasks into schedule without negative impact on patient care or productivity
Maintains confidentiality pertaining to patient care and all Division policies and procedures
Keeps Clinical Coordinator informed of activities, problems, and/or accomplishments
Functions in a self-directed manner and takes ownership to manage self and work including responsibility for actions and accountability for results
Maintains professional demeanor and is responsible for quality care in all interactions
Responds promptly to communication (e.g., e-mail, pages and phone messages)
Uses technology (e.g., computer skills) to meet job requirements
Maintains productivity standards
Completes clinical privileges consistent with job responsibilities and personal development plan
Performs duties/ tasks/ assignments as directed to support Division goals or needs
Meets all PEP expectations and follows all Division policies and procedures
Meets and adheres to ASHA, state licensure board and Division clinical practice guidelines
SENIOR CLINICIAN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
In addition to all duties and responsibilities of a Clinical Speech Pathologist, a Senior Clinician is also responsible for the following:
Creates a direct impact/change on clinical practice based on current literature, conference-based knowledge, and/or state of the art practice under the direction of Clinical Coordinator
Serves as a clinical resource to colleagues and other medical professionals
Assists the Clinical Coordinator in building collaborative relationships and teamwork between colleagues and other professional staff within and external to DUHS
Provides educational opportunities relevant to clinical practice which may include inservices, external presentations, lunch and learn, or support groups with the input of the Clinical Coordinator
Obtains specialized training or certification
When requested, serves as a mentor for new staff, clinical fellows, students, or student observers
When requested, provides opportunities for student observation
Under direction of Clinical Coordinator, assists in providing training to clinical staff in new or advanced skills
Under direction of Clinical Coordinator , assists with new staff credentialing and/or orientation in specified clinical area
Required Qualifications at this Level
Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from an accredited university program.
Previous medical setting experience preferred, although other relevant clinical experience considered.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification
-- Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology issued by ASHA -- NC License in Speech Language Pathology issued by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists -- Temporary License in Speech Language Pathology issued by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level
Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
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