Service Area:The HSC Pediatric Center
The Education Specialist administers education services as ordered by a physician and in accordance with accepted practices. He/she is responsible for evaluating, planning and implementing education services for the inpatient population.
Essential job duties:
1. A liaison between the HSC Pediatric Center and the patient’s school system. Assist with obtaining appropriate education support services for the patients and their caregivers during hospitalization.
2. Perform and document pertinent evaluation results, including patient and/or family interview, observation, objective measurements, systems review and interpretation of findings within timeframes consistent with department policy.
3. Discuss evaluation results with patient/caregiver and appropriate healthcare team members and respond to questions appropriately.
4. Effectively and independently provide education services according to professional standards, HSC regulations, including Department of Health and The Joint Commission which focus on patient safety, function, pain tolerance/level, goals, etc.
5. Obtain Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) from respective school jurisdictions and implement short term-objectives.
6. Periodically re-evaluate and modify treatment plan as indicated based on patient’s medical status, response to treatment, anticipated outcome(s) and discharge plans. 7. Involve patient/family and/or other caregiver(s), including expectations and limitations, in plan of care to include discharge planning.
8. Assess and identify discharge planning needs with consideration of patient’s medical, psychological, behavioral and socioeconomic status.
9. Plan, attend, and/or lead community reintegration outings when appropriate.
10. Follow established documentation policies and guidelines regarding initial evaluations and progress notes as set forth by the department.
11. Instruct/encourage patient, family members and/or caregiver(s) involvement in activities.
12. Provide in-services for department/unit staff as appropriate.
13. Orient and directly supervise visiting instructors.
14. Assist with the development and/or revision of departmental policies and procedures.
15. As appropriate, effectively handle administrative/shared responsibilities.
16. Make suggestions regarding purchase of new equipment and supplies, when necessary.
17. Maintain equipment and supplies in a clean and orderly condition.
18. Demonstrate familiarity with all policies and procedures of the hospital and the department.
19. Complete required or necessary orientation, annual training and in-services. Ensure all competencies are maintained.
20. Ensure timely and cooperative inter- and intra-departmental relationships and communications throughout the hospital/ hospital system and with individuals external to the hospital/ hospital system.
21. Assist with the monitoring and evaluation process for important aspects of care for the department via performance improvement programs.
22. Facilitate and support department compliance with local, state, and federal laws, regulations and standards, including those governing professional practice. Assume responsibility for meeting requirements specified by The Joint Commission/DOH and other relevant regulatory agencies and organizations.
Other job duties:
1. May perform other duties in addition to those outlined in this job description.
Knowledgeable of the normal development of children and their disabilities. Knowledgeable of the educational rights of children with disabilities and the appropriate instructional programs. Have a working knowledge of effective methods of teaching children with disabilities, strategies to utilize teaching aides that strengthen lesson plans, core subjects at grade levels K-12. Has enthusiastic interest and/or experience in pediatric program development/enhancement. Ability to work well with others. Ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing. Computer system/software proficiency.
Associates degree in education/special education or related field is preferred.