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Speech/Language Pathologist (Auditory Verbal Therapy), FULL-TIME
at Nemours Children's Health System
Orlando, FL

Speech/Language Pathologist (Auditory Verbal Therapy), FULL-TIME
at Nemours Children's Health System
Orlando, FL

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As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own. 

Nemours is seeking a Speech/Language Pathologist (Auditory Verbal Therapy), FULL-TIME, to join our Nemours Children's Hospital team in Orlando, Florida.

Located in Orlando, Fla., Nemours Children’s Hospital is the newest addition to the Nemours integrated healthcare system. Our 100-bed pediatric hospital also features the area’s only 24-hour Emergency Department designed just for kids as well as outpatient pediatric clinics including several specialties previously unavailable in the region. A hospital designed by families for families, Nemours Children’s Hospital blends the healing power of nature with the latest in healthcare innovation to deliver world-class care to the children of Central Florida and beyond. In keeping with our goal of bringing Nemours care into the communities we serve, we also provide specialty outpatient care in several clinics located throughout the region.

Job Duties

This position will be dedicated to joining our growing Cochlear Implant Program and will be a key member of the CI Team by providing Auditory Verbal Therapy, evaluation and consultation to patients referred to this program.  Previous experience working with hard of hearing and in in Cochlear Implant program is required, LSLS Certification is preferred. 

This position requires weekend and evening hours to accommodate our patient and family needs.

Provides Speech-Language Pathology evaluation, treatment, and consultation independently to typical patients within a program under the prescription of a physician and within the guidelines designated by departmental and hospital policies and procedures.  Expands knowledge of less common populations seen within the program through mentorship and educational opportunities.

Direct Patient Care Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates proficiency in the care of all ages: pediatrics, adolescents, and adults; completes at least 75% of Level I Speech-Language clinical competencies.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the care of neonates as required by assignment.
  • Evaluates patients for speech-language pathology treatment including positioning, adaptive equipment, home programs, home accessibility, etc.  Independently provides and coordinates age appropriate physical therapy treatment plans, treatment and consultation in typical patient care situations.
  • Consults with other services, families, and outside agencies to recommend equipment, home or school modifications, transition of care, etc.
  • Assists in coordinating outside agencies to recommend equipment, home/school modifications and transitional therapy program prior to discharge from therapy/hospital. 
  • Completes timely documentation as required by departmental policy #4.7, The Joint Commission, and CARF standards. 
  • Attends meetings related to patient treatment and contributes to discussion as an interdisciplinary team member.
  • Maintains knowledge of insurance referral/authorization process and documentation requirements related to therapy services.
  • Provides inservice training programs and follows specific protocols/pathways for direct patient care issues as mandated by hospital specialty programs. 

Indirect Patient Care Responsibilities

  • Staff development: assesses existing and develops new activities that promote general knowledge and professionalism within the department; participates in peer review process.  Attends inservices/continuing education, provides updates in the form of inservices to associates.
  • CQI: participates in program, discipline, specialty, and hospital-wide CQI projects.
  • Assessment and Treatment: contributes to discipline and program committees to enhance patient care; assists in assessing current procedures and assists in developing methods of improvement related to patient care. Follows current protocols and clinical & critical pathways. 
  • Program Development: participates in activities to increase program use, awareness, and marketing.  Attends monthly program meetings.  Contributes to achievement of department/program goals.
  • Clinical Education: Assists in mentoring affiliating speech-language pathology students, new speech-language pathology staff, support personnel, and volunteers.  Adequately and appropriately supervises CFY staff.  Participates in student and volunteer program organization.
  • Team work: Participates in single discipline, multi-disciplinary, and specialty teams.
  • Professional Development: Developing ties with professional organizations.  Provides educational inservices and experiences to the discipline/program and outside community.  Attends speech-language pathology meetings as scheduled in the hospital.  May participate in promotional activities for speech-language pathology and/or hospital.
  • Weekend Rehab Rotation:  Checks crash cart per hospital policy.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum of one (1) to three (3) years pediatric experience required.  Previous experience working with deaf and hard of hearing and in in Cochlear Implant program is required.
  • LSLS Certification is preferred. 
  • Master’s Degree required.
  • Seeking a candidate with strong background in Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) / Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS).
  • Florida State License to practice Speech Language Pathology.
  • CPR certification (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) within 6 months of employment.
  • Member of professional specialty organizations (ASHA, FLASHA, AG Bell), preferred.

Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.

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