Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Occupational Therapist - Functional Electrical Stimulation Therapist, Part-time - 38944 in Chicago, Illinois

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Lab Therapist Description

+ Critically appraises research literature to identify appropriate evidence for implementation

+ Knowledge of current evidence base and has skills to seek/review/select new evidence

+ Weighs recommendations from researchers related to feasibility, patient appropriateness, and our established OT evidence base

+ Understands frameworks for knowledge translation and implications and evidence based strategies for generating practice change

+ Expert in treatment parameters: Optimal intervention intensity, active ingredients, dose; Impairment, activity, participation factors; Feedback, cueing, errorful/errorless learning; Restoration/Compensation; Generalization/Transfer

+ Communicates with innovation center therapists regarding treatment plans

+ Discusses evidence, patient/family factors, treatment parameters

+ Verbalizes clinical reasoning to both therapists and research scientists

+ Disseminates information within Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, continuum of care, and Alliance sites

+ Disseminates information through conference presentations

FES Specialist Description

+ Implements established FES treatment protocols

+ Understands the primary research conducted regarding treatment protocols to best identify appropriate patients and to prioritize interventions to maximize outcomes

+ Can effectively prioritize the integration of FES equipment (ex. FES cycles) for appropriate patients and to prioritize interventions to maximize outcomes

+ Collaborates with team/family members to ensure required dosage of FES interventions is achieved to maximize outcomes

+ Selects appropriate standardized assessments to monitor effectiveness of FES interventions

+ Establishes relationships with FES equipment vendors and critically appraises available options to deliver FES most efficiently and for carryover to HEP and home use

+ Holds or is interested in obtaining Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation from AOTA

+ Seeks continued education in electrical stimulation

General Summary


Selects appropriate evaluation procedures and directs patient's participation in selected tasks to restore or maximize independence in daily living skills. Facilitates learning of skills and functions essential for adaptation and productivity. Participates in department's clinical education program.


Consistently demonstrates support of the SRAlab statement of Mission and Philosophy by striving for excellence, contributing to the team efforts and showing respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of the institute.


Demonstrates SRAlab Core Attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility/Adaptability, Judgment/Problem Solving, Customer Service and SRAlab Values (Hope, Compassion, Discovery, Collaboration, & Commitment to Excellence) while fulfilling job duties.


Principal Responsibilities


1. Performs departmental responsibilities that support efficient delivery of patient care in a timely manner including acceptable attendance, punctuality for patient care and meetings; following Institute and Departmental policies and procedures related to dress code, patient care activities such as infection control and safety, computerized patient care documentation and other information systems; organizing, maintaining and upgrading departmental equipment and facilities. Contributes to departmental goal achievement activities.

2. Demonstrates appropriate interpersonal skills in performing all job tasks including displaying a positive interpersonal ap roach with patients, family members, visitors and co-workers; facilitating patient participation in the therapy process and collaborating with others and advocating for patients and family to achieve desirable outcomes; negotiating conflicts utilizing proper channels of communication; and utilizing constructive methods of managing stress.

3. Evaluates, assesses and plans treatment including orienting patient and significant others to purposes and processes of OT evaluation and treatment; selects and performs evaluations of impairments, disability and handicap appropriate to patient diagnosis, life roles, age development, functional status, medical condition, expected discharge environment and length of stay. Identifies areas in which abilities and impairments affect function; establishing long-and short term goals and a treatment plan of appropriate intensity and duration in conjunction with patient, family and other team members. Demonstrates a competency in understanding the growth and development of infant, child, adolescent and geriatric patients as measured by specific performance standards. Demonstrates the ability to interpret growth and development related information to assure patient needs are met. Seeks assistance and incorporates current references and other expert opinion into the above.

4. Implement treatment plans for a full caseload of rehabilitation patients utilizing individual and group treatment and various basic and advanced Occupational Thera