Job Description

Location: Carney Hospital
Posted Date: 10/28/2022

At Steward Health Care System, we are committed to improving the health of our communities by delivering exceptional, personalized health care with dignity, compassion and respect. Our continued focus on the patient experience informs our caregivers in how to provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient and family preferences, needs and values.

We dedicate ourselves in the communities we serve to delivering affordable health care to all and being responsible partners. No matter what your role, as a member of the Steward family, you are a specialist in the making every patient and family feel right at home, every co-worker a key to our success, and every referring practice, a team of prized colleagues.

In support of this, we commit ourselves to the following values:






If you are seeking a fast-paced, challenging position in an organization committed to achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence in all we do, our organization may be a good fit for you.


Under the written referral of a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, dentist, osteopath, and in concert with other members of the hospital staff, the occupational therapist is responsible for the evaluation of patient clinical status, the assessment of their rehab potential, the design and the implementation of age appropriate treatment programs to maximize the patient’s level of function, counseling and education to patients in the rehabilitation setting.


  • Has the authority to select and perform all aspects of treatment/evaluation and patient care within the guidelines of the hospital under the state and federal licensing regulations, and ethical and standards of care adopted by the AOTA.
  • Provides superior customer service to external and internal clients, customers as reference in the Hospital wide performance expectation
  • Evaluate patient’s clinical status, assess clinical/rehab needs, establish goals in conjunction with patient and family, plans and implements a treatment program including a discharge plan
  • Takes all precautions for observing indications/contraindications
  • Maintains record pertinent to patient evaluations, and treatment
  • Follow set guidelines for evaluation and record keeping
  • Instructs patient/family as indicated in treatment goals, home programs and in hospital self exercises
  • Prepares or supervises aides in the preparation of patients for treatment via proper draping and positioning, maintaining patient privacy
  • Applies or supervises aides in application of agents such as: hot packs, cold packs, whirlpool, etc.
  • Fabricates a variety of resting and dynamic splints and adaptive equipment as specified by physician
  • Evaluates and treat patients using various techniques and modalities as indicated; carries out instructions in engery conservation exercises, ADL training, teaching, and relaxation exercises.
  • Evaluates and treats for sensory-motor and perceptual deficits
  • Follow department policies and procedures
  • Assists, directs and instructs ancillary and other personnel as necessary
  • Studies current trends and new developments in occupational medicine by survey of literature, attendance at professional meetings and conferences, research activities and participation in department in services
  • Participates in the training of occupational therapy students from AOTA accredited programs after 1 year of experience
  • Participates in development of new programs and clinical services
  • Participates in the CQI process through audits, peer review and other Quality Council approved activities
  • Performs various other duties as assigned by Director of Rehabilitation Services and/or supervisor
  • Reports formally and informally to the Director of Rehabilitation Services, regarding situations that require his/her attention
  • Reports immediately any deviations in normal operations to Director of Rehabilitation Services in communication with Supervisor
  • Reports immediately any unusual occurrences related to patients, other staff, self or equipment to the Director of Rehabilitation Services in communication with supervisor
  • Reports all incidents and breaches in the quality of care to the Director of Rehabilitation Services and Risk Management Department
  • Reports to Primary Care Physician/Referring Physician, any changes in the patient’s condition warranting intervention
  • Shall be accountable for selecting and performing all aspects of patient care as delineated by license, and governed by state, federal and standard setting organizations.
  • Shall be accountable for maintaining the confidentiality and security of all hospital related, staff, related and patient related date and information
  • Shall be accountable for abiding by all relevant hospital and departmental policies and procedures including infection control
  • Shall be accountable for patient care by non-license personnel while under their supervision
  • Observes and respects the personal privacy and confidentiality of information
  • Respects the patient’s right to direct his/her own care, including refusal care
  • Recognize ethical dilemmas and take appropriate action
  • Able to state when and how to access the Ethics Committee
  • Evaluates and periodically reassess patients’ healthcare needs according to hospital and departmental procedures, policies and standards in relation to physical therapy needs.
  • Identifies and plans for the physiological, psychosocial comfort, cultural and age-specific needs of patients and families
  • Reviews all available patient data so that relevant information is reflected in the therapist’s documentation and treatment
  • Seeks appropriate assistance/guidance prior to treatment when new, unique or unusual situations are encountered
  • Information known to the patient and/or family(relevant to patient’s rehab needs) is consistently extracted
  • Patients are consistently examined using assessment techniques/procedures that are appropriate to the age of patients served and the diagnosis
  • All appropriate problems are identified and interpretation of evaluation finding is complete and thorough
  • Consistently provides quality occupational therapy services based on individual needs and a specific plan of care
  • Goals are appropriate to age and are consistently written in behavioral, objective, measurable terms.
  • Clearly outlined comprehensive treatment plans are appropriately modified during patient stay and geared towards goals
  • Demonstrated that each treatment plan is appropriate, given the patient’s age, gender and medical status
  • Impediments in patient care are minimized with the early identification and ordering of needed equipment
  • Proper handling skills are demonstrated in patients’ treatments so as to maximize the functional outcome
  • Comprehension of patients changing clinical status is displayed by clear statements to supervisor regarding the rationale for therapy activities
  • Identifies patient/family readiness to learn, comprehension and retention of information and barriers to learning, and adapts teaching strategies and materials accordingly.
  • Patient/family education needs are appropriately addresses 90-100% of the time
  • Appropriate instructional sessions are conducted
  • Teaching sessions/home programs are designed to meet patient age specific needs/requirements
  • Patients and/or significant others are consistently instructed in home program prior to discharge
  • Documentation shows consistent involvement of the patient and/or family in goal setting
  • Ensures continuity of care from admission through discharge
  • Delegates appropriate patients to COTAs for primary care based on patient diagnosis and COTA skill level
  • Delegates appropriate patients to COTAs and Aides for supplemental or group treatment in a timely manner when appropriate
  • Patients are consistently discharged/reclassified when objective improvements is not identifies in 1 to 2 weeks
  • Patients post discharge environment is assessed so undiscovered hazards and impediments to patient’s function are minimized
  • Understands and supports the defined mission, core values and goals of the Hospital and rehabilitation services
  • Accepts responsibility for improving patient care outcomes by actively participating in Hospital or Departmental performance outcome and improvement projects
  • Seeks opportunities to participate in decision making regarding standards, policies, best practices and/or education
  • Appropriately uses resources to expand clinical knowledge and skills
  • Recognizes the limits of clinical judgment and seeks intradisciplinary or interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation or co-treatment with peers
  • Participates in ongoing internal educational activities related to clinical practice setting
  • Attends 1 to 2 courses or training programs per year that address patient care
  • Practice within legal boundaries of occupational therapy practice and according to Steward Carney Hospital policies and procedures.
  • Completes Steward Carney Hospital mandatory education program as required
  • Attends mandated education on environment safety issues and adheres to related policies and procedures and standards
  • Identifies appropriate plan of action for all hospital emergencies and responds in an efficient and timely manner
  • Consistently attends to observable hazards in the work environment by direct action or prompt reporting
  • Keeps immediate work area in a clean and orderly manner
  • Promptly returns equipment, materials and supplies to their proper storage location after use
  • Observation reveals use of proper body mechanics 90-100% of the time
  • Functions as a role model for current, new staff and student
  • Consistently demonstrates leadership qualities (good communication skills, fairness, respect) which promote a positive work environment
  • Role models the Core Values of the Hospital
  • Seeks opportunities to act as preceptor/teacher/mentor in sharing knowledge/skills with peers and students.
  • Assess the COTA and rehab aide abilities to perform the selected and delegated tasks
  • Reassess and discuss plan of care with COTA on a regular basis
  • Monitors and progresses supplemental treatments performed by rehab aides
  • Maintains behaviors that are socially and professionally acceptable
  • Feedback received regarding staff interaction is consistently positive
  • Demonstrate the ability to be appropriately assertive by expressing relevant concerns in a positive manner
  • Assume other duties delegated by Director/Supervisor as necessary with positive attitude
  • Maintains professional composure and confidence during stressful situations
  • Maintains open communication using appropriate chain of command regarding issues
  • Attends and actively participates in staff/team meetings
  • Demonstrates flexibility and dependability in meeting scheduling needs of the Rehabilitation Services Department
  • Manages information accurately, promptly, confidentially, completely, and appropriately among team members, departments in the hospital, and healthcare providers in accordance with HIPAA regulations and Hospital policies and procedures.
  • Patient’s documentation is thorough and clearly and accurately communicates clinical activities and patient status to chart reviewer and /or supervisor.
  • Supervisory requests for staff to review Occupational Therapy Documentation Guidelines are minimized
  • Patients’ discharge summaries consistently identify course of treatment clearly.
  • Patients’ records show that initial evaluations, progress notes, and discharge evaluations are consistently completed within estimated time frame for areas of service.
  • Patient services are noted on day of service so that omissions are less than 1 to 2 per month
  • Adheres to universal precautions and departmental and hospital policies and procedures for infection control
  • Appropriately uses Personal Protective Equipment
  • Appropriately follows through with specific precautions as instituted by the medical team
  • Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors, and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible, and courteous environment.

1. Commits to recognize and respect cultural diversity for all customers (internal and external).

2. Communicates effectively with internal and external customers with respect of differences in cultures, values, beliefs and ages, utilizing interpreters when needed.

  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development
  • Possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s requirements relative to age and cultural specific needs
  • Effective communication and educator skills
  • Ability to perform essential functions without posing a direct threat to patients and other staff
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others with a positive attitude
  • Ability to deal with stress due to fast paced and growing environment
  • Ability to manage within a flexible schedule
  • Ability to work independently with excellent organizational and sound decision making skills
  • Ability to read, hear, write, speak and comprehend English
  • Willing to train in continuing education annually


  1. Education: Bachelor of Science Degree and/or certificate in Occupational Therapy; Graduate of an AOTA accredited program; AOTA registered
  2. Experience:
  3. Certification/Licensure: Massachusetts license or license eligible; current CPR certification
  4. Software/Hardware:
  5. Other:

Additional Information

Important COVID message

Please note, Carney Hospital is taking additional, necessary preparations to ensure patients can receive compassionate care in a safe, carefully managed environment - with confidence and without fear. Our Safe and Ready program consists of a rigorous [five-point] standard ensuring patient safety, confidence and convenience: Expanded hours will allow previously canceled procedures to be scheduled as quickly as possible. Any COVID-19 related care takes place in designated areas away from other patients and their families. Emergency Departments are reorganized to be a safe place to treat all emergency patients. A stringent cleaning policy has been implemented throughout the hospital. A strictly controlled visitor and masking policy is required for patient safety. You can rest assured that we have made the necessary preparations to provide care in a safe, controlled and professional way.

Steward Health Care is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. Steward Health Care does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression or any other non-job-related characteristic.

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