Speech Pathologist I - IP Speech Language Pathology - Fixed Term (1.0 FTE, Days)

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Category: Clinical Services
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Req: 18901
FTE: 1

Clinical Services

1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shift - 12 Month Fixed Term

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Job Summary


This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.


Provides diagnostic evaluations and treatment for patients with communication disorders, including speech, hearing and language problems. Addresses articulation, fluency and voice and utilizes augmentative and alternative communications systems for patient to improve communication skills when indicated. Evaluates and treats cognitive deficits, and evaluates swallowing disorders at the bedside by video fluoroscopy. The Speech Pathologist I is the entry level therapist position. Under the guidance of the Supervisor, the Speech Pathologist I typically performs routine patient care and is responsible for all clinical aspects for assigned patient's care, including evaluation and treatment planning with regular supervision. The Speech Pathologist I is proficient in the basic clinical skills but is expected to ask questions and collaborate with senior speech pathologists when evaluating and developing treatment plans for complex cases with multiple diagnoses which have multiple treatment options. May oversee and guide patient care responsibilities of speech pathology interns, assistants and duties of Rehabilitation aide. Participates in program development, performance improvement and other specialized programs. Speech Language Pathologists assigned to treat pediatric patients at LPCH provide intervention to infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with disorders that affect development of behavioral skills within the professional scope of practice.


 Essential Functions


The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.


Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the hospital’s policies and procedures, including its Service Standards and its Code of Conduct.


*Alleviates impairment and functional limitation by designing, implementing and modifying therapeutic interventions appropriate to patient's diagnosis, impairments and prognosis; Adapts treatment plans based on continuous assessment, progress made and patient goals.

*Develops appropriate treatment plans that include specific treatment methods, duration and frequency of treatment, and goals; Selects and administers appropriate assessment and treatment techniques. Performs age appropriate competency skills in area of practice and with respect to individual patient's problems.

*Discharges patient from treatment when appropriate with adequate discharge planning including equipment procurement and family training, and communicates this appropriately to patient, family and health care team.

*In conjunction with medical team, completes effective differential diagnosis and interprets diagnostic findings of speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disabilities.

*Initiates and participates in interdisciplinary care planning to meet the needs of each patient and family, including participation in rounds and patient care conferences, communicating with and teaching other care providers. May perform off-site visits and contact community agencies as necessary to provide continuity of service between hospital and community.

*Organizes and maintains a patient caseload consistent with department productivity standards. Informs supervisor if problems arise related to the delivery of patient care or caseload volume. Ensures documentation and billing are timely, accurate and complete, including precautions, monthly and discharge summaries.

*Participates in Department, team, and discipline and/or unit meetings.

*Performs all necessary patient care documentation, including assessment, plan of care, progress notes, discharge summaries, and charges for evaluation and treatment. Documentation reflects patient status, progress or change, participation by patient and family in goal setting and delivery of care.

*Performs relatively routine patient care with fundamental skills in clinical reasoning and problem solving. Assesses and treats patients within the CA Licensing Board and American Speech and Hearing Association scope of practice, including, but not limited to cognitive and perceptual status, swallow evaluation and treatment, aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, voice, equipment procurement, and family training and education. Provides direct patient care that meets department and professional standards of practice, including patient assessment, development of speech pathology care plan, patient treatment, family/caregiver training and discharge planning. May serve as a clinician in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

*Provides direct patient care that meets department and professional standards of practice, including patient assessment, development of speech pathology care plan, patient treatment, family/caregiver training and discharge planning. May serve as a clinician in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.


 Minimum Qualifications


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.


* Education: Graduate of an approved Speech-Language Pathology curriculum with either a Master's or Doctorate Degree

* Experience: None required.

* License/Certification: Current American Heart Association (AHA) Certification for Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers.


Speech-Language Pathology in the State of California by the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of California (Code: SLP)


 Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.


*Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

*Ability to develop and document clearly and accurately treatment goals that are realistic, measurable, appropriate, functionally based and that include patient/family input

*Ability to develop, implement and adapt treatment programs

*Ability to evaluate patients and interpret clinical data and make clinical judgments

*Ability to provide appropriate care and progress treatment based on professional standards of practice, and on the needs of the specific individual, including age and developmental considerations, cultural and psychosocial issues, precautions and medical condition

*Ability to utilize sound clinical reasoning to determine appropriate patient interventions; demonstrates good safety awareness, judgment and problem analysis and resolution

*Ability to work well with individuals at all levels of the organization

*Knowledge and adherence to Code of Ethics and performance standards specific to the clinician's professional  organization

*Knowledge of available equipment and vendors used in assigned area

*Knowledge of basic business aspects of position, such as utilization management, charging practices and regulatory  compliance;

*Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional area

*Knowledge of legal issues affecting the clinical practice

*Knowledge of pathologies and injuries which result in speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disabilities

*Knowledge of principles, methods, equipment and theory of the practice of clinical specialty


 Physical Requirements


The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job

Pay Range

Compensation is based on the level and requirements of the role.

Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, location, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.

Typically, new team members join at the minimum to mid salary range.

Minimum to Midpoint Range (1.0 FTE): $110,177.60 to $121,659.20

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.