UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialist- Part-time + Alternating Weekends

    Posted Date 1 week ago(1 week ago)
    Part Time
    6140 Geropsych
    1st, Days
    Job Location
    New Grads?
  • Overview

    Join our award-winning team at UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center.  We're proud of the acclaim we've received for our excellence in patient care and safety. Among the local, regional and national recognition we've received are:

    • The Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award
    • The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award
    • This is the second consecutive year Northwest Hospital has achieved both the Spine Surgery Excellence Award and a ranking among the top 10 percent in the nation for spine surgery.
    • The Stroke Care Excellence Award
    • Winner of the Health Grades Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety for the last three years in a row, we’re also one of the safest places to get care – among the top 5% in the country.

    UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest. 

    Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit community hospital, offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services.  With 281 beds, more than 1900 employees and a world-class medical staff, we provide innovative, technologically advanced care on a patient-friendly, easy-access campus just north of Seattle. 

    Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. 

    As a UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.


    We’re interested in learning more about you and appreciate your taking the time to apply online. UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is committed to employing a diverse workforce. EOE


    UW Medicine – Northwest Hospital and Medical Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome job applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other protected characteristic. Minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


    Plans and Evaluates Care, includes but is not limited to:

    Reviews physician’s referral and the patient’s medical record, reviews diagnosis, administers and interprets assessment tools, evaluates patient’s leisure lifestyle, develops therapy treatments/interventions, and establishes goals and desired outcomes.

    Evaluates and monitors patient’s progression and makes appropriate adjustments to treatment plan to achieve maximum benefit.


    Work schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday with Saturday rotation and every other Monday off.



    Provides, Progresses,  and Documents Care, includes but is not limited to: 

    Prior to therapy intervention, performs and documents an initial assessment and evaluates data and diagnosis to identify problems.

    Facilitates community integration training.

    Follows established procedures and observes all safety precautions.

    Meets departmental standards for quality, customer service, and productivity.

    Records patient’s treatment, progress, and response in patient’s chart/computer record.  Completes discharge summaries, patient/family education records, and other required documentation. Documents FIM scores.

    Administers therapeutic recreation treatments in both individual and group settings. Selects goal-directed and outcome-oriented interventions aimed at improving and/or maintaining individual leisure status and functional level.

    Demonstrates group leadership skills and ability to adapt to changing environments and clients’ functional levels.  Uses a variety of facilitation techniques to achieve desired outcomes.


    Provides for Continuing Care, includes but is not limited to:

    Discharges patient from therapy when goals or projected outcomes have been attained; completes discharge recommendations; provides for appropriate follow-up care or referrals.

    When appropriate, establishes a home leisure/recreation program.

    Trains patient, family members and caregivers on home treatment activities; provides information regarding community resources, transportation options, etc.


    Communication and Collaboration, includes but is not limited to:

    Confers with patient, family members, medical practitioners, and the interdisciplinary team to plan, implement, and assess the treatment program.

    Observes and reports patient’s responses to the referring medical practitioner and interdisciplinary team by progress reports, letters and verbal communication. 

    Attends appropriate conferences and/or meetings pertaining to assigned patient.


    Training and Leadership, includes but is not limited to:

    Assists in training new employees as needed.

    Monitors quality indicators and participates in departmental performance improvement projects.

    Assists with organizational planning, and actively participates in the development and implementation of new programs, community awareness programs, and projects that ensure the department remains compliant with all regulatory requirements.


    Able to transfer and transport patients safely using proper body mechanics.

    Able to move around the hospital as much as four miles/day.

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    Education Background:

    • This position requires a Bachelor of Arts/Science in Therapeutic Recreation

    Licensure, Registration, Certification

    • Requires current NCTRC certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
    • Requires current registration with State of Washington as Recreation Therapist.

    Special Training/Skills

    • Requires satisfactory completion of NWH-provided FIM training  (Functional Independence Measure) and a passing score on standardized UDSMR-FIM test.
    • *Prefer training in Gentle Care, Dementia Practice Guidelines
    • Code Orange training
    • Able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on the assigned units.

    Work Experience

    • The incumbent must possess a strong background and experience with leisure services and group/individual interventions with older adults in a psych/rehab setting, with proven skills in behavior management, communication and teamwork.

    Physical Abilities

    • Ability to frequently transfer and transport patients safely using proper body mechanics.
    • May ambulate as much as five miles/day.

    Physical Demand Level:  Heavy

    In an 8-hour workday, must be able to-


    Lift / Carry

    50 to 100 pounds occasionally

    25 to 50 pounds frequently

    10 to 20 pounds constantly


    As required, must be able to-

    Sit, Stand, Walk, Bend, Squat, Kneel, Crawl, Climb and Reach above shoulders

    Push and Pull

    Perform fine motor functions

    Must possess functional vision, hearing, and speech in order to communicate effectively with clients, client advocates, and staff.




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