The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab seeks a Speech Pathologist 4 to provide leadership and oversight in execution of the clinical component of several large-scale NIH projects. In your pivotal, rewarding role as SLP IV, you will serve as our lab's expert on assessment of speech, language and social communication in children. Based on the complexities and high skill level for our new projects, you will need to possess extensive experience with post-graduate clinical assessment and research experience. You will be expected to conduct extensive analysis of situations and data to resolve numerous and complex issues in new longitudinal studies, involving the input/work of others at Vanderbilt (faculty, research collaborators, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) and in the field of Communication Disorders and at the intersection of Music Cognition and other fields. Additionally, you will play an important role in supervising and managing the language assessment components of several projects and in teaching project management skills and language assessment skills to the junior members of the research team. You also will collaborate with stakeholders (community partners, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty collaborators).
Analyzes comprehensive information from formal and informal assessment that is pertinent to the patient's care and management to determine a rehabilitation treatment diagnosis.
Collaborates with stakeholders in establishing the plan of care, coordinates and implements care delivery while anticipating patient care needs across the rehabilitation continuum.
Applies appropriate, evidence-based interventions to ensure effective outcomes and re-evaluates performance to assess patient's progress towards goals.
Employs strategies to promote successful return to home, community, and school/vocational environments.
Supervises graduate students by providing instruction, guidance/counsel and training to ensure provision of competent patient care and completion of appropriate documentation.
The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.
* Master's Degree
* TN State-issued license in Speech Pathology
* ASHA Certification in Speech Pathology
* 8 years of experience
SPEECH PATHOLOGY PATIENT EVALUATION: Demonstrates uppermost levels of expertise in evaluating patients with speech-language, auditory, and/or swallowing/oral feeding deficits using the appropriate testing methods and equipment for the patient type, diagnosis, and reason for the referral. Demonstrates the ability to obtain the case history and selects appropriate measures and performs a functional assessment to document patient's status requiring skilled therapy. Interprets the results of the assessment and their significance for the patient, family, referring physician and other members of the health care team. Demonstrates advanced clinical evaluation skills and will serve as a mentor for other clinical staff to develop their skills in evaluation techniques. Often train staff in advanced evaluation skills and contributes to the development of best practices for the organization.
SPEECH PATHOLOGY TREATMENT IMPLEMENTATION: Demonstrates uppermost levels of expertise providing treatment consistent with physician prescription and established plan of care. Identifies treatment objectives based upon assessment results and family input. Writes functional objectives in measurable terms that are consistent with the family's goals and resources. Applies evidence based clinical management practices. Identifies and recommends additional/alternative services when appropriate. Consults with team members to offer suggestions for treatment strategies. Serves as a clinical content expert for practice area; initiates consultation with team members for advanced treatment of patients; and, develops forum for staff members to utilize clinical expertise.
REHAB THERAPIST PATIENT DOCUMENTATION: Demonstrates mastery in documentation practices. Documents in the appropriate templates and utilizes only approved abbreviations within patient documentation. Meets institutional standards for quality and timeliness of documentation. May orient new staff to departmental and VUMC documentation standards. Completes accurate chart audits of co-workers' documentation and mentor Level I and Level II clinicians, as needed by the department, regarding departmental and VUMC standards.
DISCHARGE PLANNING: Demonstrates uppermost level expertise in the discharge planning process. Anticipates transition and discharge needs of the patient based upon understanding of pathology/diagnosis and relationship to their present functional status. Informs patient, family and members of team of the patient's needs based upon the assessment and/or treatment, and make recommendations for continued services, follow-up, or referrals to other services. Educates level I employees and new employees on the transition and discharge process including transition service and referral resources. Initiates and develops relationships with additional services within Vanderbilt and in the community. Facilitates staff development in transition and discharge planning by scheduling and presenting in-service presentations.
SPEECH PATHOLOGY PATIENT & FAMILY EDUCATION: Demonstrates uppermost levels of expertise in communicating functional impact of assessment findings, treatment interventions, treatment planning diagnosis, and disease process. Able to adapt communication to needs/level of understanding of audience and share appropriate information/literature. May supervise, educate and train students from professional programs of speech-language pathology. May design and/or present tailored education programs to health care professionals in area of specialization. Actively participates in outside professional organizations and forums. Contributes in the development of patient education best practices for the organization.
Organizational Impact: Delivers projects/assignments that have a direct impact on goals/objectives of the unit/department that the job is in.
Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Conducts extensive analysis of situations or data to resolve numerous, complex issues; may involve the input/work of others.
Breadth of Knowledge: Has in-depth level of knowledge within a professional area and working knowledge of other areas.
Team Interaction: May lead mid-sized projects; coaches and guides team members.
Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy and enthusiasm in developing self/others to help improve performance and gain knowledge in new areas.
Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regular contact with key colleagues and stakeholders using formal and informal opportunities to expand and strengthen relationships.
Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactions and modifies one's own communication style to suit different situations and audiences.
DELIVERING EXCELLENT SERVICES:
Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understand current and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better address them.
Solves Complex Problems: Approaches problems from different angles; Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and develop concrete solutions.
Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increase employees' effectiveness.
ENSURING HIGH QUALITY
Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly in formal and informal dialogue about quality; directly addresses quality issues promptly.
Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies various learning experiences by looking beyond symptoms to uncover underlying causes of problems and identifies ways to resolve them.
Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Understands all aspects of providing a safe environment and performs routine safety checks to prevent safety hazards from occurring.
MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY:
Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.
Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/area.
Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strong understanding of the information or data to identify and elevate opportunities.
Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies new ideas/opportunities from multiple sources or methods to improve processes beyond conventional approaches.
Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short-term challenges.
Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/or problems as opportunities for improvement; actively embraces change instead of emphasizing negative elements.
Department Summary :
Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center diagnoses and treats hearing, speech, language and cognitive problems that affect communication in adults and children. Our team of more than 100 experts includes audiologists, speech-language pathologists, teachers of the deaf, occupational therapists, physical therapists and social workers. We offer every patient compassionate, personalized care. Additionally, Bill Wilkerson is a teaching site for deaf educators, audiologists, speech-language pathologists and physical therapists. For more 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 ), 9 adult and 9 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
* Truven Health Analytics: among the top 100 hospitals in the US
* 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
* American Association for the Advancement of Science: 12 faculty members elected fellows in 2014
* 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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