JOB SUMMARY: Evaluates neonatal and infant development including the sequence of skills needed to be successful in oral feeding. Uses cue-based feeding approach to support development of oral feeding skills. Creates individualized treatment and educational plans from admit forward. Provides patient/family counseling and training to promote developmental care and positive long term outcomes. Consults and works closely with medical team and allied health professionals to provide family-centered care environment and maximize patient potential. Participates in a variety of professional growth activities intended to develop and improve patient care throughout the NICU.
JOB REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy required, Master's Degree preferred. Current California Occupational Therapy license. Current BLS certification required. Current certification in the National Board of Occupational Therapist is required. Minimum of two years of pediatric experience required. Previous experience in a NICU environment and infant feeding is strongly preferred. Will consider a new grad who completed a Level II fieldwork in the NICU.
Valley Children’s Healthcare – one of the largest pediatric healthcare networks in the nation – provides Central California’s only high-quality, comprehensive care exclusively for children, from before birth to young adulthood. Our independent, nonprofit network offers highly specialized medical and surgical services to treat conditions ranging from common to the most unusual and complex at our 356-bed children’s hospital as well as through partner hospitals, specialty care centers, satellite practices and primary care services. Our family-centered, pediatric services extend from a leading pediatric cancer and blood diseases center on the West Coast, and our pediatric heart center known for its expertise and pioneering treatments, to our Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the highest level referral center between Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
Valley Children’s consistently ranks at the top of our peer group for quality patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and nursing excellence. Recognized as a Magnet® designated facility since 2004 and granted the gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence™ in critical care, Valley Chil...dren’s neonatal and pediatric intensive care units achieve some of the lowest mortality rates in the country while treating some of the sickest kids.
In affiliation with Stanford University School of Medicine, Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency and fellowship programs provide first-class training for the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric surgical and medical specialists. With more than 550 physicians and 3,400 staff, Valley Children’s partners with other providers and organizations throughout our 12-county service area to support delivering the best care to kids closer to home.