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OT-Acute Care/Float – Palo Alto, California
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 32432Start Date: 01/07/2019End Date: 01/28/2019
Basic Requirements: U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: Graduation from a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or predecessor organizations to include an internship (supervised fieldwork experience required by the educational institution). The ACOTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Degree programs may be verified by contacting the American Occupational Therapy Association website or at their office address: American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O, Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. Foreign graduates of occupational therapy programs meet the requirements subparagraph 2b(1) if they have a current, full, active and unrestricted license/certification/registration/trademark referred to in subparagraph 2d and certification/registration referred to in subparagraph 2c. NOTE: Effective January 1, 2005, ACOTE accredits only master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy. Certification/Examination: Possession of written documentation that the individual has passed the entry-level certification examination for OTs which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). NOTE: Effective January 1, 2007, candidates for certification as an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) must be a graduate from a post-baccalaureate accredited occupational therapy program approved by NBCOT or be a graduate from a degree program recognized by NBCOT or considered equivalent to the American Occupational Therapy education standard. State Licensure/Certification/Registration/Trademark (hereafter referred to as state regulatory requirement). The OT must hold a full, current, and unrestricted state license, certification, or registration or trademark to practice occupational therapy in a State, Territory, a Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia. NOTE: The OT must maintain full, current and unrestricted license, trademark, registration, or certification as required by state statute. The majority of states have determined that licensure is the most effective approach to regulating occupational therapy practitioners. As of the date of this standard, 47 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico license OTs; two states-Hawaii and Michigan-have registration laws; and one state, Colorado, has a title protection trademark law. Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to maintain OTR registration and meet state regulatory requirements must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. Preferred Experience: 2 Years of progressively complex experience. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Grade Determinations: GS-7: No experience needed beyond the basic requirements. Candidates at this level may have a baccalaureate degree from an approved program prior to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) January 1, 2005, decision as shown in the note in paragraph 2. GS-9: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of post-graduate progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or completion of education equivalent to 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a field related to the practice of occupational therapy; or a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy or a closely related field accredited by ACOTE. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KSAOs). In addition to meeting the experience or educational requirements for the GS-9 grade level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAOs:
1. Knowledge of occupational therapy practice.
2. Ability to administer and interpret occupational therapy assessment and evaluation tools.
3. Ability to interpret evaluation findings to develop and coordinate intervention plans, including goals and methods to achieve stated goals.
4. Ability to implement the intervention plans directly or in collaboration with others
5. Skill to monitor the individual’s response to interventions and modify treatment plan and reevaluates as indicated.
6. Skill and ability to communicate and or collaborate with the patients, family members, caregivers, interdisciplinary professionals or other individuals verbally and in writing.
7. Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance.
8. Knowledge and ability to comply with all applicable regulations governing documentation, medical records, reimbursement, and workload statistics in accordance with established professional practice and VHA. GS-11: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of one year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade directly related to the position being filled, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related field.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KSAOs). In addition to meeting the experience or educational requirements for the GS-11 grade level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAOs: 1. Knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques to perform functions associated within the occupational therapy scope of practice.
2. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
3. Ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities and demonstrate the clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in depth specific assessment of function and utilization of non-standard methods and techniques.
4. Knowledge of principles and techniques in the occupational therapy assessment and treatment of occupational, cognitive, and psychological functional deficits.
5. Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care providers.
6. Ability to facilitate and instruct in-service and clinical training programs.
7. Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance. References: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G14, Occupational Therapist Qualification Standard GS-0631. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-7 to GS-11.
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