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Steward Health Care System Occupational Therapist - Per Diem/As Needed in Ayer, Massachusetts

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:






Position Function: Administers a variety of therapeutic procedures and agents utilized in the short and long term rehabilitation of in and out-patients (orthopedic, neurological, pulmonary, obstetrical, cardiac, medical, and surgical) referred by staff physicians, house officers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, courtesy staff physicians, podiatrists, dentists, osteopaths; acts as the clinical specialist/committee chair/program coordinator. This person will also be providing therapy in Corrections unit.

Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

  • Provides superior customer service to internal and external clients, customers,

and patients as referenced in the Service Excellence Standards.

  • Notes Diagnosis of patient and takes all precautions for observing indications and contraindications; determines treatment to be administered.

  • Prepares or supervises aides in the preparation of patients for treatment via proper draping and positioning.

  • Evaluates patient's emotional and physical condition; explains treatment to patient/family members/other; performs MMT and ROM/along with any other test needed.

  • Applies or supervises the application of such agents as Hot Packs, Paraffin, Whirlpool, etc.

  • Administers and/or instructs patients in specific treatments by the use of therapeutic exercises, supplies and instructs patients in the use of adaptive equipment used for bathing, dressing, feeding or handwriting.

  • Evaluates and treats patients with cardiac and respiratory problems or a potential for the same, as required, using various techniques and modalities as indicated; carries out instruction in energy conservation exercises, ADL training, teaching, and relaxation exercises.

  • Evaluates and treats for sensory motor and perceptual deficits.

  • Fabricates a variety of resting and dynamic splints, and adaptive equipment as requested by physician.

  • Evaluates patients during treatment to determine effectiveness and safety; reports to and recommends changes to physicians if indicated; discusses or clarifies order with referring physician; discusses problems with other staff members for input and ideas.

  • Instructs patients/families/others as indicated in treatment goals, home programs, and in-hospital self exercises.

  • Maintains records pertinent to patient evaluations and treatment; follows set guidelines for evaluation and record keeping.

  • Participates in rotation following current routine (i.e. inpatient, outpatients, hands, etc.).

  • Follows department policies and procedures; maintains a high level of safety for patients and property.

  • Assists, directs, and instructs ancillary and other personnel as necessary.

  • Studies current trends and new developments in occupational therapy by survey of literature, attendance at professional meetings and conferences, and participation in department in-services.

  • Participates in the training of occupational therapy students from AOTA accredited programs.

  • Participates in the TQM/CQI process through audits, peer review, CareMapping, and other Quality Council approved activities.

  • Maintains standards set down by the AOTA regarding treatment procedures and professional ethics.

  • Begins to develop knowledge based in the area of expertise, acting as a resource person and liaison between interdisciplinary staff and therapists, participating in multidisciplinary meetings.

  • Perform various other duties as assigned or as dictated by responsibilities.

Minimum Education:

  • Looking for a strong generalist with some experience in hand therapy

  • Graduate of an AOTA accredited program.

  • Bachelor of Science Degree and/or certificate in Occupational Therapy.

  • AOTA registered

Minimum Experience:

  • Experience in Hand Therapy

Minimum skills/abilities:

  • Effective communication and educator skills.

  • Strong orientation to patient care in accordance with the medical center's values, particularly the holistic approach to healing.

  • Ability to deal with stress due to a fast paced and growing environment.

  • Ability to manage within a flexible schedule.

  • Ability to work independently and possess sound decision making skills.

  • Demonstrates beginning supervisory skills.


  • Massachusetts licensed or license eligible.

  • Current CPR certification.