Agency Recreational Therapist -Therapeutic Recreation
Nationwide Children's Hospital
 Columbus, OH


This is a contingent position, woking as needed

Non-benefits eligible

Departments: Acute Therapeutic and Behavioral Health

We are seeking an Agency Recreational Therapist - The Therapeutic Recreation Specialist is responsible for evaluating/screening patients, establishing treatment goals, implementing treatment plans, completing patient and family teaching/discharge planning, and documenting results and progress in the medical record. The Therapeutic Recreation Specialist demonstrates competence defined (*) in Therapeutic Recreation Specialist responsibilities in providing age-appropriate care and services to patients from the age of birth to 21 years, and selected adults.


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.

What will you be doing?

The Therapeutic Recreation Specialist supports, communicates, implements and enforces the philosophy, mission, values, standards, policies and procedures of Nationwide Children's Hospital.

  • Evaluates and screens patients to determine therapeutic recreational needs, identifies strengths and deficits, establishes long and short-term goals and develops an individualized treatment plan incorporating patient and family needs.
  • Administers treatment intervention to meet each patient's specific needs and achieve their goals; observes progress and/or changes in patient's condition and modifies treatment plan accordingly.
  • Facilitates the patient's adjustment into the hospital. Facilitates improvements in the patient's self-perception of body image and function.
  • 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.
  • Educates patient and family on each 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.
  • 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.
  • Assists in establishing community re-entry programs involving recreational components.
  • 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 Therapeutic Recreation educational programs for hospital staff, students and community. Delegates to students from accredited programs and unlicensed personnel, supervising care provided.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation from an accredited school.
  • One year experience as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) in physical dysfunction preferred or clinical affiliation in the area of pediatrics.
  • Certification as a Therapeutic Specialist through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation certification.
  • CPR certification required.MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTSStanding/Walking Constantly (67-100%)Independently Lifting/Carrying up to 15 pounds FrequentlyIndependently Lifting/Carrying up to 50 pounds Occasionally (0-33%)Finger Dexterity Constantly (67-100%)Kneeling FrequentlyBending/Stooping FrequentlyReaching 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.

EOE M/F/Disability/Vet