Occupational Therapy Assistant - Nexus Children's Hospital - Orange, CA


  • Knowledgeable of normal standards during treatment and appropriately reports abnormalities in a timely manner.
  • Ensures that any change in patient condition or unusual circumstances is reported immediately to the OT and/or charge nurse.
  • Recognizes and communicates cardiopulmonary arrest or other emergency situations and initiates basic life support when appropriate.
  • Practices correct isolation techniques to maintain a safe environment to control the spread of infection.
  • Maintains the cleanliness of utilized instruments and equipment per hospital policy.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of occupational therapy equipment utilized in different procedures and modalities, for example traction, ultrasound, etc.
  • Utilizes resources appropriately and uses and maintains equipment in order to prolong working life.
  • Completes all required documentation of patient care according to accepted regulatory, corporate and professional guidelines.
  • Resolves conflicts, with assistance from the OT or Rehabilitation Manager areas of concern or conflict with patient’s families and/or co-workers in a professional, proactive and courteous manner.
  • Accepts direction from supervisors and other management team members in a positive and professional manner.
  • Communicates with the Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation Manager, physicians and other health team members regarding patient progress, problems and plans.
  • Participates as necessary in patient care conferences.
  • Participates in In-Service Training Programs.
  • Participates in discharge planning.
  • Establish and instruct caregivers in patient specific maintenance programs.
  • Secure necessary durable medical equipment and adaptive equipment for patients to facilitate independence.
  • Treats patients according to treatment plan established by OT and approved by the physician in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
  • Records daily treatments and charges with respect to department policy.
  • Communicates with the Manager of Rehabilitation regarding department programs, goals, objectives, problems and successes.
  • Accesses and checks webmail each shift when working to keep informed of current events.
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Job Requirements


  • Minimum of one year experience working in an IP and OP setting in the areas of developmental disabilities and neurological/orthopedic conditions.
  • Experience in feeding


  • Current licensure in the state of Practice as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Certified in CPR
  • Maintain current certification in good standing during employment with this facility
  • Maintains certifications and licenses as current to avoid voluntary resignation

Education Required

  • Graduate of an American Occupational Therapy Association accredited school of COTA