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    This position is located at the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Service at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, in Seattle, WA. The purpose of the Spinal Cord Injury Service is to provide care and rehabilitation to those Veterans who have incurred spinal cord injuries. The SCI recreation therapist provides recreation therapy treatment interventions to accomplish the service purpose. The primary function of this position is direct patient care for SCI.

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    The incumbent demonstrates an advanced competency, which qualifies him/her to perform patient treatment procedures independently on patients with spinal cord injuries and function as part of an interdisciplinary team. Recreational therapists at this level demonstrate treatment competency in the area of Spinal Cord Injury where the specialized knowledge is required on a recurring basis due to the patient population served and complexity of the facility and/or treatment area. The incumbent may serve as the sole RT on a multidisciplinary team or on a specific service.
    Duties include but are not limited to:

    • Evaluates patients as appropriate for their age and diagnosis to determine current levels of functioning in regard to mental and physical evaluation in order to develop and implement a treatment plan.
    • Devises specific activities and routines to maintain or improve the patient's general state of physical or mental multiple diagnoses.
    • Demonstrates knowledge of contemporary and evidence-based RT Practice. Demonstrates the ability to interpret clinician prescriptions and referrals.
    • Develops and carries out recreational therapy treatment to meet the individual rehabilitation objectives
    • Develops psychosocial activities for coping with frustration, stress, anger, and hostility;
    • Provides patient care that is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional and chronological maturation needs of the adult and/or geriatric patient.
    • Interprets and administers physicians' recreational therapy prescriptions; schedules patient for treatment and integrates recreation and community activities with other treatments in order to achieve the goals established for the patient.
    • Assesses the need for and the patient's ability to use adaptive equipment
    • Assesses the patient's ability to use mobility devices in the community
    • Administers therapeutic recreation interventions that strengthen debilitated muscles
    • Teaches independent living skills, social interaction skills, community skills, adjustment to change coping skills, pre-vocational or work adjustment skills, mobility exercises, cognitive retraining and training to patients
    • Obtains and maintains VA Puget Sound Spinal Cord Injury Aquatic Competency
    Work Schedule: 8am-4:30pm with Saturday rotation and every other Thursday off.
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Position Description/PD#: /PD#: 41201-A
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507967500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.