Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) - PRN

Fahrney Keedy Memorial Home
Full time Full day
Clear Spring, MD
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PRN position


Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)




Director of Therapy




Heather Stevens

Director of Therapy


February 27, 2020


  • Provide practical established Speech Language Pathologist skills to residents following Fahrney-Keedy's policies and procedures.

  • Maximize the communicative and swallowing competence of each resident.

  • Provide comprehensive diagnostic, consultative, and treatment services for residents with hearing, language speech, voice, cognitive and swallowing disorders.

  • Provide strong verbal and written communication skills with residents, family members, visitors, staff, etc.


As an Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), you are delegated the administrative authority, responsibilities and accountability necessary for carrying out your assigned duties


Employment with Fahrney-Keedy is “at will”. Either the associate or Fahrney-Keedy may terminate the employment relationship for any reason at any time without notice, regardless of the length of employment or the granting of benefits of any kind, including but not limited to benefits which provide for vesting based on length of service


Fahrney-Keedy associates recognize that Fahrney-Keedy has and will have information regarding financial, personal and medical affairs and other vital information (collectively, “information”) which are valuable, special and unique assets of Fahrney-Keedy. Associates agree that they will not at any time or in any manner solicit, collect or divulge any Information to any third party without the prior written consent of Fahrney-Keedy. This information is Company property which may not be disclosed outside the facility unless properly released for publication. Associates will protect the Information and treat it as strictly confidential. Associates should not discuss Fahrney-Keedy affairs with others


Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential function of the position



3 = Exceeds Expectations

2 = Meets Expectations

1 = Needs Improvement





Provides speech therapy screenings, evaluations, and treatments according to your scope of practice to residents

Obtains informed consent from the resident and/or POA

Performs all assigned tasks in accordance with our established policies and procedures

Renders initial evaluation on newly referred residents with ongoing speech treatment programs for residents as indicated, re-evaluations as indicated, guidance and counseling of residents, family and/or caretakers regarding the needs of Speech Therapy

Participates in development, coordination and implementation of resident care and discharge plans

Evaluates resident's progress periodically and discharge from SLP services as indicates

Follows work assignments, and/or work schedules in completing and performing assigned tasks

Completes and submits evaluation by end-of-treatment day which summarizes the nature of the resident's needs specifically the speech therapy treatment plan including appropriate medical and treatment diagnosis, short- and long-term goals, prognosis, results of evaluation, resident goals and discharge planning

Completes weekly clinical progress notes, daily treatment encounter notes, rehab. discharge programs for each resident via Optima

Treats residents with the most current techniques following appropriate planning

Determines and recommends speech therapy services in accordance with resident care plan of physician who is responsible for general direction and care of resident

Treats residents with the most current techniques following appropriate physician orders and ethical standards to SLP treatments according to State Practice Act

Follows established procedures of physical agent modalities

Cooperates with inter-departmental staff as well as other facility staff to ensure that therapy services can be adequately maintained to meet the needs of the residents

Creates and maintains an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the unit and shift

Reports all complaints and grievances made by a resident immediately

Notifies the facility when you will be late or absent from work – at least two hours prior to your shift start time

Reports work-related injuries or illnesses and/or occupational exposures to blood, body fluids, infectious materials, and hazardous chemicals to the supervisor

Adheres to the minimum weekly productivity standard of 85%

Follows other delegated tasks as outlined on the Evaluating Therapist Task List

Administrative Duties


3 = Exceeds Expectations

2 = Meets Expectations

1 = Needs Improvement






Agrees not to disclose assigned user ID code and password for accessing resident/facility information and promptly reports suspected or known violations of such disclosure to the supervisor

Agrees not to disclose resident's protected health information and promptly reports suspected or known violations of such disclosure to the supervisor

Reports any known or suspected unauthorized attempts to access the facility's information system to the supervisor

Ensures that departmental computer workstations left unattended are properly logged off or the password protected automatic screensaver activates within established facility policy guidelines

Safety & Infection Control


3 = Exceeds Expectations

2 = Meets Expectations

1 = Needs Improvement






Keeps call buttons within easy reach of each


Immediately notifies the Director of Therapy or Director of Nursing of any resident leaving/missing from the facility

Follows established safety precautions in the performance of all duties

Keeps excess supplies and equipment off the floor. Stores in designated areas

Cleans, disinfects, and returns all resident care equipment to its designated storage area after each use

Reports all hazardous conditions and equipment to the Director of Therapy immediately

Reports all safety violations

Reports any communicable or infectious disease to the Director of Therapy or the Infection Control Coordinator

Follows established isolation precautions and procedures

Wears and/or uses safety equipment and supplies

Safely uses only the equipment you have been trained to use

Reports defective equipment to the Director of Therapy

Practices appropriate handwashing and use of hand sanitizer at all times


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an associate may encounter while performing the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

  • Works throughout the facility.

  • Subject to frequent interruptions.

  • Subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, visitors, etc.

  • May work beyond normal working hours and on weekends and holidays when necessary.

  • Subject to call-back during emergency conditions (i.e., severe weather, evacuation, post disaster, etc.)

  • Subject to handling of and exposure to hazardous chemicals.

  • Subject to exposure to infectious waste diseases, conditions, etc., including TB, HIV, Hep. B, etc.

  • Attends and participates in educational programs.

  • Subject to injury from falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc. throughout the workday, as well as reactions from dust, disinfectants, and/or other air contaminants.


  • Maintain the confidentiality of all resident care information including protected health information. Report known or suspected incidents of unauthorized disclosure of such information.

  • Ensure that you treat all residents fairly with kindness, dignity, and respect.

  • Ensure that all nursing care is provided in privacy.

  • Knock and wait for permission to enter all residents' rooms.

  • Report all grievances and complaints made by the residents to the Delegating RN.

  • Report all allegations of resident abuse and/or misappropriation of resident property to the Fahrney-Keedy Abuse Coordinator.

  • Honor the resident's refusal of treatment request. Report such requests to your Supervisor.


  • Maintain current licensure.

  • Maintain CPR and First Aid certification.

  • Attend continuing education as required by law for maintaining all applicable licensure.

  • Participate in program development, in-service training and educational programs as related to Speech Language Pathology.

  • Provide education to Rehab. Department following CEU event.

  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.

  • Must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age-related needs of the residents served.

  • Must be a supportive team member, contribute to and be an example of team work and team concept.

  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.

  • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with staff, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.

  • Must possess the ability and willingness to work harmoniously with other staff.

  • Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents.

  • Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing nursing practices.

  • Must be able to relate information concerning a resident's condition.

  • Must not pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other individuals in the workplace.


  • Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology, certification of Clinical Competence.

  • Licensure in applicable state.

  • PHYSICAL & SENSORY REQUIREMENTS (With or Without the Aid of Mechanical Devices):

  • Must be able to move intermittently throughout the workday.

  • Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner.

  • Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.

  • Must be able to see and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to ensure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.

  • Must function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with residents, staff, and support agencies.

  • Must meet the general health requirements set forth by the policies of this facility, which include a medical and physical examination.

  • Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and, at times, hostile people within the facility.

  • Must not have a weight-lifting restriction. Must be able to assist with transfer/lift transfer/lift 60 lbs.

  • May be necessary to assist in the evacuation of residents during emergency situations.

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