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Staff Recreational Therapist

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Service Area:
The HSC Pediatric Center

Job Requirements

The Staff Recreation Therapists administers recreation therapy treatments as ordered by a physician and in accordance with accepted practices of recreation therapy. He/she is responsible for evaluating, planning and implementing recreation therapy services for the inpatient population.



Essential job duties:


  1. 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.
  2. Discuss evaluation results with patient/caregiver and appropriate healthcare team members and respond to questions appropriately.
  3. Refer patient to appropriate practitioner if the diagnosis is outside scope of expertise.
  4. Set measurable and realistic short and/or long-term goals based on patient’s medical status, anticipated therapeutic outcome(s), discharge plans and patient/family input.
  5. Utilize outcome measurement tools as per established guidelines.
  6. Involve patient/family and/or other caregiver(s), including expectations and limitations, in goal development and plan of care to include discharge planning.
  7. Effectively and independently provide recreation therapy services according to professional standards and established regulations set forth by HSC, the Department of Health and The Joint Commission which focus on patient safety, function, pain tolerance/level, goals, etc.
  8. Periodically re-evaluate and modify treatment plan and goals as indicated based on patient's medical status, response to treatment, anticipated therapeutic outcome(s) and discharge plans.
  9. Assess and identify discharge planning needs with consideration of patient’s medical, psychological, behavioral and socioeconomic status as well as anticipated therapeutic outcome(s).
  10. Follow established documentation policies and guidelines regarding initial evaluations, treatment/progress notes, teaching records, and discharge summaries as set forth by the department.
  11. Plan, attend, and/or lead community reintegration outings as appropriate.
  12. Work with all ages of children in both individual and group activities promoting a more constructive and therapeutic use of free time, play, and leisure.


  1. Instruct and encourage patient, family members and/or caregivers in therapeutic activities
  2. Demonstrate productivity at the discretion of the Program Manager, averaging 62.5%.
  3. Provide in-services for department/unit staff as appropriate.
  4. Responsible for supporting the Recreation Therapy clinical education program. Oversee students as assigned.
  5. Assist with the development and/or revision of departmental policies and procedures.
  6. As appropriate, effectively handle administrative/shared responsibilities.
  7. Make suggestions regarding purchase of new equipment and supplies, when necessary.
  8. Maintain equipment and supplies in a clean and orderly condition.
  9. Demonstrate familiarity with all policies and procedures of the Hospital and the department.
  10. Ensure that he/she completes required or necessary orientation, annual training and in-services.  Also ensure all competencies are maintained.
  11. Ensure timely and cooperative inter- and intra-departmental relationships and communications throughout the hospital and the system and with individuals external to the hospital and system.
  12. Assist with the monitoring and evaluation process for important aspects of care for the department via performance improvement programs
  13. Facilitate and support department compliance with local, state, and federal laws, regulations and standards, including those governing professional practice.  Assumes responsibility for meeting requirements specified by The Joint Commission /DOH and other relevant regulatory agencies and organizations.
  14. Maintain skills, licensure, regulatory requirements and credentials needed to perform assigned duties.



Required Experience:

Must demonstrate a professional and enthusiastic interest in pediatrics, enhancement/development to address the diverse and holistic needs of this population. Must have a working knowledge of the principles of pediatric recreation therapy. Knowledge of growth and development, and of diseases and disabilities. Ability to work well with others. Ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing. Computer system/software proficiency.



Current/eligible for District of Columbia recreation therapist license

CPR certification


Required Education:

Must have a BA/BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation or Recreation Therapy from a National Council Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) accredited institution

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