Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: January 11, 2020
The staff Occupational Therapist provides treatment for inpatients,
outpatients, and patients from the Community Living Center. This
includes patients with physical, psychological, social and
occupational dysfunctions. The objective is to provide
rehabilitation to each individual patient to maximize his/her
functional independence and improve his/her quality of life.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if
you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department
of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or
institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can
verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If
you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements,
you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your
transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For
further information, visit:
or Relocation Incentive may be offered to highly qualified
- Evaluates patients as appropriate for diagnoses such as: head
trauma, CVA, arthritis, traumatic hand injuries and psychological
disorders. Determines current levels of functioning in the
following areas: range of motion, strength, sensation,
proprioception, coordination, perception, and self-care ADL's,
homemaking, orthotic and prosthetic needs, adaptive equipment,
cognitive skills, social skills and role dysfunction.
- Develops and implements Occupational Therapy treatment plan to
meet individual rehabilitation objectives. These include:
Therapeutic exercise, muscle re-education, neuromuscular
facilitation, sensory/perceptual motor integration cognitive
skills, and ADL training. Participates in fabrication of splints
and application of adaptive equipment/techniques needed for
accomplishing tasks. Works with individual and/or groups of
patients to increase attention span, follow verbal and written
instruction, improve decision making, increase coping skills,
increase self-esteem, and to develop social skills, leisure
interests and pre-vocational skills.
- Interprets physician's prescriptions; frequently develops
specific treatment plan based upon physician's general order
to"evaluate and treat". Continues to re-evaluate patient's
performance making appropriate modifications of treatment plan as
indicated. Regularly informs the primary care provider of outcomes,
current status and expectations.
- When indicated evaluates patient's living environment through
home visits or consultations with other health care professionals.
Assists patient and/or significant other in solving problems
related to that environment. Instructs patient and family is use of
equipment and adaptations as necessary.
- Documents the following in the patient's electronic medical
record: initial evaluation, short and long-term goals, progress
reports which include treatment provided and outcomes in terms of
function, discharge summary, equipment and education
- Therapist provides education to patient and family members, to
aid them in understanding the patient's disability and to promote
continuation of treatment in the home setting.7. Participates in
interdisciplinary staff/patient meetings on the units and offers
input concerning patient's treatment plan, status, outcomes and
expectations as necessary.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8am -4:30 pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this
position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date
of this announcement, 03/26/2020.
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- (1) 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.
- (2) 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
- (3) 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
- (4) 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.
Education and Experience: 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 progressively higher level graduate education leading to a
degree in occupational therapy or a directly related field.
Grade Determinations: Knowledge of Occupational Therapy Practice.
To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of
knowledge, skills, and abilities, and other characteristics
associated with current professional occupational therapy practice.
Creditable experience can be obtained through employment as an OT.
This may be evidence by one or both of the following:
a) Active professional practice. Active professional practice means
paid/non-paid employment as a professional OT as defined by AOTA.
Experience gained after graduation but prior to licensure is
creditable provided the candidate was utilized as a graduate OT and
subsequently pass the NBCOT certification and the required state
b) Completion of a post-graduate fellowship or a post-graduate
residency program may substitute for creditable experience on a
year for year basis. Fellowships or post-graduate training programs
are typically in specialty areas such as advanced practice,
research, mental health, gerontology, enhance education, health
policy, leadership and therapeutic sciences.
References: VA Handbook 5005/25 Part II, Appendix G14The full
performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.
Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
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