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    Summary

    This position requires an incumbent to work at either the East Orange or Lyons campus as needed.
    This position is located in the Speech Pathology Section of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service at the VA New Jersey Health Care System. The incumbent serves as a Staff Speech-Language Pathologist and performs his/her duties under the supervision of the Chief, Speech Pathology Section. The Speech Pathologist functions at the full performance level and is an independent practitioner. The incumbent is responsible for providing the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for individuals referred to Speech Pathology Section with disorders of speech, language, voice, cognition and swallowing. Within his/her scope of practice, the incumbent conducts and performs diagnostic evaluations and engages in the treatment of patients, including the most unusual and difficult cases requiring the highest levels of expertise and professional skills.

    Work Schedule: Mon-Fri: Hours are Varied
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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    Responsibilities

    Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
    1. The incumbent functions as an independent practitioner, responsible for determining the nature, type and severity of communication and swallowing disorders in individuals referred for evaluation, without limitation as to difficulty or complexity.
    2. Conducts interviews with patients and appropriate family members, caregivers and/or friends.
    3. Selects, administers and interprets appropriate diagnostic tests and instrumental assessments necessary for the detection and evaluation of a variety of speech, language, voice, cognition or swallowing disorders. This includes the ability to perform and interpret modified barium swallow studies/video fluoroscopic swallow evaluations.
    4. Is responsible for the adequacy of assessments and for the accurate reporting of findings to patients served as well as to other professionals with whom members of the speech pathology program may cooperate in formulating diagnostic conclusions and therapeutic intervention strategies.
    5. Plans, coordinates and implements a full range of patient-focused treatment programs and therapy regimens to resolve or minimize speech, language, vo ice, cognition or swallowing-related disorders.
    6. Establishes appropriate long-and short-term goals and treatment objectives.
    7. Routinely assesses progress in therapy and adjusts treatment goals and therapeutic strategies in response to observed progress.
    8. Consults with physicians and other health care providers in the evaluation and treatment process.
    9. Establishes and maintains an effective therapeutic, educational and counseling relationship with the patient, the patient's family and the patient's caregivers.
    10. Documents in the medical record, the results of the evaluation including diagnosis and clinical opinion as well as the treatment plan, outcomes of treatment, changes in functional status and patient and family education.
    11. Attends and participates in interdisciplinary team meetings where the overall needs of the patient are addressed.
    12. Provides inter- and intra-disciplinary in-services to other health care providers.
    13. Assists in orientation and training of new staff.
    14. Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

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