Speech Language Pathologist

NHC HomeCare Franklin, TN

The Speech-Language Pathologist supervises and participates in the application of therapeutic techniques for the rehabilitation of patients with speech and language disorders, hearing disorders and oral myofunctional disorders.

Line of Authority:

Director of Therapy Services, Administrator/Director of Services


* Must have a master's degree from an approved curriculum in Speech Pathology, or its equivalent.

* Must have a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SP) from the American Speech and Hearing Association or be eligible for a Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY).

* Must be licensed in the state or states in which he/she will work.

Performance Requirements:

* Able to transfer, lift and guard patients safely with appropriate assistance.

* Able to bend, stoop, squat and lift numerous times daily (70 – 80 lbs) in the care of patients and use of equipment.

* Able to carry out fine motor skills with manual dexterity.

* Mental acuity and judgment skills to adequately and safely perform job requirements.

* Able to see and hear adequately in order to respond to auditory and visual needs and clinical indications of the patients.

* Able to learn, absorb and apply professional training.

* Able to organize work procedures, assume responsibility and tactfully supervise others.

* Able to speak in a clear, concise voice in order to communicate adequately.

* Able to read, write and edit documentation.

* Must have reliable personal transportation.

Specific Responsibilities:

* Directs and supervises the Communication Disorders Service Department.

* Provides evaluations and therapy as ordered by the referring physician and recommends an appropriate treatment program for the physician's approval.

* Evaluates, plans, and carries out therapy programs, including the establishment of goals for patients as referred and approved by the physician, with periodic re-evaluations.

* Participates in the in-service training program for the HomeCare personnel.

* Consults with the HomeCare staff concerning communication problems of patients not receiving speech pathology services.

* Conducts or contributes to speech pathology related CQI studies as requested..

* Maintains patient care records as designated by the HomeCare agency assuring that third party reimbursement qualifications are met, as well as all state/federal requirements.

* Consults with family members, physicians and other health care professionals as appropriate.

* Participates in interdisciplinary conferences to maintain continuity of patient care.

* Serves as Utilization Review and/or Advisory Board Member as requested by the Administrator/Director.

* Maintains knowledge base of HomeCare Speech-Language Pathology procedures and regulations as well as professional standards through attendance at workshops, in-services and individual research and reading.