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Occupational Therapist II - Full Time - Days

Location: Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030
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Talent Area:
Occupational Therapy
Job Shift:
1st - Day
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Posted Date:
April 9, 2024

At Houston Methodist, the Occupational Therapist (OT) II position is responsible for position is responsible for evaluating and developing the therapy plan of care for a broad range of diagnoses and acuities. This position may specialize in care for certain complex patient types, through advanced training and education. As an experienced therapist, this position provides education to patients, patient's family members, and/or caregivers, and collaborates with other interprofessional team members, as needed, for problem resolution and/or achievement of identified patient specific goals. As a member of the interprofessional care team, the OT II position provides patient care directly and delivers exceptional patient care with adherence to safety standards and guidelines to ensure optimal patient safety, customer service, and optimum patient outcomes. This position serves as preceptor, mentor, and resource to less experienced staff, including other Therapists, and technicians and may act as a clinical resource to students, and clinical fellows. The OT II position assists with collection of quality metrics and analytics, with development of best practices and process improvement initiatives, as designated.


  • Contributes to teamwork, consistently offering assistance, and responding positively to requests for assistance. Collaborates to foster healthy relationships in the work environment. Offers guidance to interprofessional health care team, when appropriate, and applies feedback to improve patient outcomes.
  • Uses therapeutic communication, which includes active listening and teaching, to establish a relationship with patients, families and interprofessional health care team to collaborate on the plan of care. Partners with members of the interprofessional care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner.
  • Teaches and provides guidance to nursing, and support staff. Orients new team members and assists with precepting students in clinical rotations and clinical fellows. Uses peer-to-peer accountability towards improvement of department score for employee engagement.

  • Performs complete and comprehensive evaluation of patients across a broad range of diagnosis and acuities to identify patient's level of function and to determine the treatment plan. Develops the plan of care based on evaluation findings and implements the occupational therapy treatment plan. Provides service to complex patient populations. Practices in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity and inclusion principles.
  • Provides education to patients, patient's family members, and/or caregivers, based on learning needs. Consistently evaluates the patient's comprehension and adapts teaching methods accordingly. Serves as resource to clinical fellows and nursing in teaching best practices.
  • Collaborates and communicates with the healthcare team modifications to patient's treatment plan, progress, and discharge planning for achievement of identified patient specific goals. Advocates on patient/family's behalf to identify and resolve clinical and ethical concerns, utilizing appropriate resources.
  • Balances and adjusts as needed the caseload for the assigned team members to result in optimum patient care and outcome. Initiates improvements for department score on patient satisfaction, through peer-to-peer accountability to service standards.

  • Assesses patients regularly, monitors progress towards treatment goals, modifies goals, and plan or program as indicated. Recognizes complications/limitations associated with certain procedures and proactively addresses such for optimum outcomes.
  • Provides oversight of occupational therapy-related activities completed by interprofessional health care team, and if necessary, adjusts the plan to improve quality of outcome and maintain the safety of the patient.
  • Proactively identifies opportunities for corrective action and assists in process improvement by providing recommendations and contributes to meeting department and hospital targets for quality and safety. Identifies areas of practice improvements with research-based evidence and assists in development of treatment protocols and best practice for certain population or practice area to achieve patient safety outcomes, supported by accurate documentation.

  • Maintains accurate and complete documentation of patient education and procedures performed in a timely manner in the patient record. Enters accurate charges for services provided as applicable.
  • Uses resources efficiently to maximize utilization of time and equipment. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively, minimizing incidental overtime, and prioritize daily tasks, assisting coworkers as needed. Meets labor productivity standards by effectively managing established patient load assignments.

  • Initiates innovative solutions through evidence-based practice/performance improvement projects. Actively participates in and may lead department projects and/or hospital committees. Participates in HM-related and approved hospital/community teaching opportunities, community services and/or functions.
  • Identifies and presents areas for innovation, efficiency and improvement in patient care or unit operations using evidence-based practice literature. Assists higher level OTs with program development and/or clinical competencies.
  • Seeks opportunities to identify self-development needs and expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as an OT, taking appropriate action. Ensures own career discussions occur with appropriate management. Completes and updates the My Development Plan on an on-going basis.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


  • Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below in the Certifications, Licenses and Registrations section.

  • Must have one of the following:
  •       ◊ Three years experience as an Occupational Therapist
  •       ◊ Two years of experience as an Occupational Therapist with a Doctorate degree
  •       ◊ Completion of HM or comparable Occupational Therapy Fellowship/Residency program
  • BLS - Basic Life Support (AHA) AND
  • OT - Occupational Therapy - State Licensure -- Compact license acceptable according to current Board requirements within 90 days OR
  • OT-Temp - Temporary Occupational Therapist - Registered - State Licensure -- Compact license acceptable according to current Board requirements within 90 days


  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
  • Strong assessment, organizational and problem-solving skills as evidenced by capacity to prioritize multiple tasks and role components
  • Demonstrates increasing expertise and executes experienced clinical skills in treatments provided and/or for a particular patient population
  • Exhibits strong interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers
  • Ability to function independently, capable of handling challenging/difficult therapy procedures and patient care situations
  • Demonstrates sound judgment in interactions with physicians, interprofessional care team and patients and their families
  • Possesses proficient computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems and standard Rehabilitation equipment
  • Demonstrates professional and technical competence in the selection, evaluation, utilization of treatment plans for increasingly complex patient populations



  • Uniform No
  • Scrubs Yes
  • Business professional No
  • Other (department approved) Yes

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. DIsaster, Severe Weather Events, etc) regardless of selection below.

  • On Call* No

**Travel specifications may vary by department**

  • May require travel within the Houston Metropolitan area No
  • May require travel outside Houston Metropolitan area No

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist Hospital is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 hospital in Texas (two-way tie) and one of America’s “Best Hospitals.” As a full-service, acute-care hospital located in the Texas Medical Center and the flagship hospital of Houston Methodist, it has evolved into one of the nation’s largest nonprofit teaching hospitals and a leader in innovative medical research with a comprehensive residency program. Two of Houston Methodist’s primary academic affiliates are among the nation’s leading health care organizations: Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Houston Methodist also has affiliations with Texas A&M University and the University of Houston. With 948 operating beds, 85 operating rooms and more than 8,400 employees, Houston Methodist Hospital offers unparalleled care for thousands of patients from around the world.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

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