Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

  • Phelps Health
  • Rolla, MO, USA
  • May 08, 2020

Job Description

Follows established hospital policy regarding patient safety measures such as infection prevention, safe patient handling and movement, critical lab notification, etc. to ensure that patient care is provided in an optimally safe environment; within scope of practice. Provides quality care for all patients including groups, one-on-one meetings, and patient and family teaching. All actions are performed within the guidelines established in hospital policy and procedure. These actions will support quality outcomes and patient safety. Performs ongoing assessments throughout patients’ stay to assist in the care and to improve quality, enhance patient safety, and to provide accurate information to health care team members. Works collaboratively with the entire multidisciplinary team. Documents accurately and efficiently patient activities and required quality monitoring items to support the achievement of compliance with established quality measures. Communicates to physicians and appropriate team members pertinent patient information in order to improve patient outcomes and quality care. Communicates to patient and family members in a manner that enhances the patient experience and promotes learning to support health care outcomes. Delegates appropriately to team members while maintaining an atmosphere fostering team work and accountability. Demonstrates understanding of the dynamics of health care, adapting to change in a positive and professional manner in an attempt to support the hospital mission, vision, and values. Incorporates critical thinking into his/her practice and attempts to develop skills and abilities through continued education and various educational opportunities. Job Qualifications Education Bachelor of Arts or Science degree from an accredited institution in therapeutic recreation or behavioral health related services. Master’s degree preferred. Work Experience One to two year related experience and/or training is preferred. Must demonstrate ability by education or training in treating people with mental/psychiatric illness. One to two year related experience and/or training is preferred. Must demonstrate ability by education or training in treating people with mental/psychiatric illness. Some related experience and/or training is preferred. Ability to exercise self-control in potentially volatile situations such as being verbally or physically confronted in a threatening or aggressive manner; must be able to work and concentrate amidst distractions such as noise, conversation and foot traffic; ability to handle interruptions often and be able to move from one task to another; must be flexible and not easily frustrated in dealing with differences of opinions. Effective oral and written communication skills. Proficiency with computer technology. Ability to work well with others in a team environment to ensure quality patient care. Strong problem solving and customer service skills. Certification/License Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification preferred. American Heart Association Basic Life Support required. Pro-Act Certification or similar de-escalation training required. Mental/Physical Requirements Considerable mental concentration required. Lifting up to 35 lbs., turning activities and nearly constant walking required. Standing, turning, carrying, pushing, pulling, stooping, crouching, twisting, and reaching. Working Conditions Frequent exposure to infectious disease and hostile persons at times. Frequent exposure to communicable disease via blood and other body fluids. Minimal physical discomfort.


8 to 5 Tues-Fri

Employment Type

Full-time and Irregular Part-time