SUMMARY: This position is for a speech language pathologist who provides direct patient care and/or consultative services for the medically complex infants in a Neonatal Intensive Care Level IV Unit (NICU). The NICU therapy role works very closely within a multidisciplinary team. Focus is on maximizing developmental outcomes, supporting infant /caregiver bonding and interactions, and supporting neurodevelopment throughout the NICU stay.
REQUIREMENTS: This position requires a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. SP - Speech Language Pathologist certification required within 12 months of hire or transfer into position or Required Professional Experience (RPE) in process. ASHA - American Speech Language Assn certification for full-time employee is preferred within 12 months of hire or transfer into position, or ASHA - American Speech Language Assn. certification for part-time employee is preferred within 18 months of hire or transfer into position, or Clinical Fellowship (CF) in process is preferred. BLS - Basic Life Support is required within 30 days of hire or transfer into position. Bilingual skills are desirable.
POSITION DETAILS: Full-time, 80 hours per pay period.
May include but not limited to: -Assess the developmental needs of neonates and their families, assist in planning, development, coordination, teaching and evaluation of family-centered developmentally supportive care strategies. -Evaluate and treat infants in the NICU with a variety of diagnoses which may affect the following systems: family and psychosocial, neurodevelopment, neurobehavioral, sensory, prelinguistic, and feeding/swallowing for babies with cleft palate and/or craniofacial conditions. -Develop and initiate individualized therapeutic interventions based on the treatment plan. -Educate staff in a collaborative and supportive manner regarding therapy in the NICU for premature/late term/high risk infant development and developmental care. -Inpatient/Rehabilitation coverage on occasional Saturdays.
A candidate with birth-to-three year experience is highly preferred. Will consider a strong Clinical Fellow Candidate for this role. Occasional weekend and/or holiday coverage is required.
Valley Children’s Healthcare – one of the largest pediatric healthcare networks in the nation – provides Central California’s only high-quality, comprehensive care exclusively for children, from before birth to young adulthood. Our independent, nonprofit network offers highly specialized medical and surgical services to treat conditions ranging from common to the most unusual and complex at our 356-bed children’s hospital as well as through partner hospitals, specialty care centers, satellite practices and primary care services. Our family-centered, pediatric services extend from a leading pediatric cancer and blood diseases center on the West Coast, and our pediatric heart center known for its expertise and pioneering treatments, to our Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the highest level referral center between Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
Valley Children’s consistently ranks at the top of our peer group for quality patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and nursing excellence. Recognized as a Magnet® designated facility since 2004 and granted the gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence™ in critical care, Valley Chil...dren’s neonatal and pediatric intensive care units achieve some of the lowest mortality rates in the country while treating some of the sickest kids.
In affiliation with Stanford University School of Medicine, Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency and fellowship programs provide first-class training for the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric surgical and medical specialists. With more than 550 physicians and 3,400 staff, Valley Children’s partners with other providers and organizations throughout our 12-county service area to support delivering the best care to kids closer to home.