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Nationwide Children's Hospital Agency Occupational Therapist Occupational Therapy Inpatient in Columbus, Ohio

Agency Occupational Therapist - Inpatient

The Staff Occupational Therapist is responsible for evaluating the developmental and functional status of pediatric and select adult patients, administering treatment, fabricating or recommending adaptive equipment and splints; documenting evaluation results and patient progress; and providing patient and family education. Demonstrates competence defined (*) in Staff Occupational Therapist responsibilities in providing age-appropriate care and services to patients from the age of birth to 21 years, and selected adult patients.

Looking for someone with acute care pediatric experience



Looking for flexibility to work during the week occasionally not just weekends


Main Campus

700 Children's Drive, Columbus OH 43205

Why Nationwide Children’s Hospital

The moment you walk through our doors, you can feel it. When you meet one of our patient families, you believe it. And when you talk with anyone who works here, you want to be part of it, too. Welcome to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where Passion Meets Purpose.

Here, Everyone Matters. We’re 12,000 strong. And it takes every single one of us to improve the lives of the kids we care for, and the kids from around the world we’ll never even meet. Kids who are living healthier, fuller lives because of the knowledge we share. We know it takes a Collaborative Culture to deliver on our promise to provide the very best, innovative care and to foster new discoveries, made possible by the most groundbreaking research. Anywhere.

Ask anyone with a Nationwide Children’s badge what they do for a living. They’ll tell you it’s More Than a Job. It’s a calling. It’s a chance to use and grow your talent to make an impact that truly matters. Because here, we exist simply to help children everywhere.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A Place to Be Proud


The Staff Occupational Therapists supports, communicates, implements and enforces the philosophy, mission, values, standards, policies and procedures of Nationwide Children's Hospital.

  • Evaluates patients with varied diagnoses to determine developmental and/or functional status using standardized measures or clinical observations; identifies patient's strengths and deficits; establishes long and short term goals; and develops an individualized treatment plan incorporating patient and family needs.

  • Administers therapeutic treatment to patients with developmental delay or functional deficits to provide optimal development, function, and independence; utilizes developmental activities and other treatment techniques to meet each patient's specific needs and achieve therapy goals; observes progress and/or changes in patient's condition and modifies treatment plan accordingly.

  • Fabricates, recommends or provides adaptive equipment, splints or casts to maintain functional body joint positions, restrict muscle contractures, prevent deformities, and improve function or mobility. Fits patient and instructs patient and family on use of item.

  • Educates parents on their child?s treatment goals and therapy plan; instructs patients and parents on therapeutic activities to follow while in hospital or at home; documents instruction and evaluates ongoing compliance and understanding.

  • Documents patients' evaluation results, objective status, progress towards goals, treatment plan, and recommendations in compliance with documentation requirements of the hospital and accrediting associations; utilizes appropriate computerized or standardized documentation methods, as applicable to caseload.

  • Communicates patient's status and collaborates with physicians, third-party payors, and relevant healthcare providers.

  • Maintains the administrative functions of individual caseload, including scheduling patients for treatment, entering daily patient charges, and submitting timely documentation to appropriate parties.

  • Recommends and secures patient referrals to community agencies to ensure patient continues to receive needed and appropriate services after discharge.

  • Attends continuing education programs and participates in departmental in-service training programs to enhance professional development.

  • Conducts formal and informal Occupational Therapy educational programs for hospital staff, students and community. Delegates to students from accredited programs, certified occupational therapist assistants (COTA), and unlicensed personnel, supervising care provided.

  • Adheres to departmental productivity standards.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Skills, and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy; certified by the American Occupational Therapy Association; registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy; licensed by the State of Ohio

  • One year occupational therapy work experience in a pediatric setting preferred or clinical affiliation in area of pediatrics

  • CPR certification required


  • Standing/Walking Constantly (67-100%)

  • Independently Lifting/Carrying up to 15 pounds Frequently

  • Independently Lifting/Carrying up to 50 pounds Occasionally (0-33%)

  • Finger Dexterity Constantly (67-100%)

  • Kneeling Frequently

  • Bending/Stooping Frequently

  • Reaching FrequentlyTalking/Hearing/Seeing Constantly

  • Pushing/Pulling Frequently

    The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.

Requisition ID: 2021-31169

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