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The hearing and speech department at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center diagnoses and treats hearing, speech, language and cognitive problems that affect communication. 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.
In rewarding and pivotal role, your duties will consist of but will not be limited to the following:
Assessment and intervention serving children birth to 21 years in most areas addressed under the speech pathology scope of practice, but definitely including Autism Spectrum Disorders, general language and articulation needs, pediatric TBI, AAC use, and Behavior Management
Counseling of families, consultation with physicians, educators and other professionals serving our patients.
Documentation of services and contacts within the electronic medical record (based on facility timeline standards) which will support billing for services
Participation within specialty groups
Graduate Student clinical teaching and supervision associated with personal patient schedule
Completes full diagnostic hearing assessments using the appropriate testing method and equipment for the patient type, diagnosis, and reason for referral.
Formulates and/or implements a treatment plan to address deficits and patient/family areas of concern.
Completes documentation in a timely manner.
Provides education/consultation to patient, family, health care team and community.
Enhances and impacts our knowledge of the nature of communicative and related disorders.
Supervision and instruction of audiology doctoral students.
The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.
AUDIOLOGY PATIENT EVALUATION :- Obtains pertinent information to appropriately assess the patient. Administers appropriate hearing assessment per the clinical protocol. Interprets the results of the assessment and their significance for the patient, family, referring physician and other members of the health care team. Demonstrates basic knowledge and skills development in audiometric assessment across the age range. Consideration will be given for applicants with additional basic knowledge and skills development in any of the following area: infant hearing screening and audiometric estimation, hearing aid assessment/fitting and bone anchored implants.
AUDIOLOGY TREATMENT IMPLEMENTATION :- Includes objectives based upon the results of the assessment and input from the patient and family. Selects interventions which produce the desired outcomes within the time frame projected. Modifies the treatment plan if patient/family is/are not receiving benefit. Incorporates educational needs for patient and family. Includes patient and family in all aspects of care. Respects roles and professional boundaries of others.
REHAB THERAPIST PATIENT DOCUMENTATION :- Demonstrates proficiency 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.
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.
Organizational Impact: Executes job responsibilities with the understanding of how output would affect and impact other areas related to own job area/team with occasional guidance.
Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Analyzes moderately complex problems using technical experience and judgment.
Breadth of Knowledge: Has expanded knowledge gained through experience within a professional area.
Team Interaction: Provides informal guidance and support to 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.
Masters Degree from a CAA Accredited Program
Tennesse licensure or confirmation of Tennessee licensure to be in place prior to start date
1 year of related experience
State-issued SLP license
Tennessee Licensure or confirmation of Tennessee Licensure to be in place prior to start date
Flexibility measured through attitude and willingness to meet patient and departmental needs in a timely manner
Great Communication Skills
Proficient Technical Report Writing Skills
Patient schedule of NO LESSthan 35 out of 40 hours, with group therapy a possibility
Possible Travel to satellite locations to provide services
Fluency in a 2nd language
Proficiency with BoardMaker programs
No less than 1 year of experience in pediatric service provision with the last 3 years
Service provision (assessment and treatment of speech and language needs) for children with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum
Additionally, skills/experience required to address language and communication needs associated with low-tech and high-tech AAC, as well as preschool and school-age speech-language disorders (including literacy), executive functions.
Experience serving children with hearing impairment
40 hours/week with shift beginning no earlier than 8:00AM and ending no later than 6:00PM. Shift may vary day to day Monday thru Friday
VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
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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