Jessica Claire
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor (555) 432-1000,
Professional Summary

Dedicated occupational therapist with 25-years of experience working in multiple settings including acute, post-acute, inpatient, outpatient, and home health settings. Instrumental in optimizing patient care, advocating for evidence-based practice, and collaborating across the healthcare continuum. Recognized for versatility in caring for a variety of patient populations with new diagnoses, co-morbidities, and chronic conditions, to produce results in patient care. Trusted colleague and clinician who operates with integrity, compassion and enthusiasm for helping older adults to be stronger and live the best possible life. Seeking to utilize my critical thinking, leadership, problem-solving, and management skills to enhance the performance of the healthcare system and improve the well-being of the people you serve.

  • Patient Management
  • Program Development
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist
  • Home Assessment and Modifications
  • Certified in Physical Agent Modalities
  • Proficient in The Allen Cognitive Disability Model
  • Wheelchair assessment, modification, and knowledge of devices for optimal positioning
Work History
08/2020 to Current Occupational Therapist Chi Health | Nebraska City, NE,
  • Manages fluctuating caseload of 15-30 patients in subacute and long term care settings, based on needs of the organization and the community at large, including traveling to rural locations to provide occupational therapy services during the pandemic.
  • Plans and implements individually-designed treatment programs to restore, maintain and improve physical, mental and psycho-social functioning, alleviate pain and prevent disability.
  • Contributes to team meetings and collaborates with management in the decision-making process.
  • Directly supervises certified and licensed assistants and support staff, including restorative nursing aides to ensure carry over of care plans.
  • Consistently exhibits courtesy, compassion, and respect to patient, families, caregivers, visitors, physicians, administrators and co-workers.
  • Communicates effectively with other care providers (physicians, nurses, social worker and medical records) to provide for continuity of patient care.
  • Pursues personal and professional development to support clinical best practice.
  • Deliver excellence by taking ownership of outcomes and fulfillment of goals.
10/2012 to 08/2022 Lead Occupational Therapist Veterans Health Administration | Portsmouth, VA,
  • Performed evaluations, developed and implemented effective patient treatment plans to restore, compensate or adapt for a loss of patient function by planning and administering medically prescribed therapy treatments in post acute, long term care and home health settings
  • Provided case management for caseloads of up to 30 patients; Utilized interpersonal, collaboration and relationship building skills to serve a diverse group of people, including patients, family members and the interdisciplinary team; Detailed oriented with effective time management skills and the ability to successfully prioritize and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Planned, prioritized, coordinated and manged own workload, as well as supervised certified occupational therapy assistants.
  • Improved patient outcomes by creating educational materials for effective carry over.
  • Cultivated interdisciplinary relationships by providing education and training to the restorative nursing program to facilitate implementation of therapy recommendations.
  • Negotiated patient/family case management meeting to facilitate appropriate and safe discharge.
01/2006 to 10/2012 STAFF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST Lenoir Memorial Hospital | Kinston, NC,
    • Provided clients diagnosed with mental illness strategies for regaining and maintaining independent functional status in all life areas; Delivered education, training, and support in the areas of behavior management, symptoms management, cognitive skill- building, coping skills, community, and work reintegration skills; Provided case management for up to 25 clients per week; Contributed information in care conferences to optimize client's level of support and facilitate continuity of care.
    • Mentored occupational therapy students by establishing objectives, providing instruction and evaluating performance; Served as a clinical resource for staff.
    • Testified at MN State legislature, championing the rights of the mentally ill.
    • Key-player in developing and implementing Framework-based occupational therapy documentation for the therapy department.
01/1991 to 11/2005 Registered Occupational Therapist Custom Commodities | Alpha, IL,
  • Delivered occupational therapy services throughout the United States and throughout the healthcare continuum including acute, inpatient rehabilitation, sub-acute, long- term care, home health and outpatient settings.
  • Collaborated with healthcare members to provide occupational therapy services encompassing pediatric through geriatric clientele.
  • Conducted occupational therapy assessments and interventions to patients with traumatic brain injury, multi-trauma, orthopedic, cardiovascular, neurology, cancer, spinal cord injury, hand trauma and medically complex diagnoses.
  • Collaborated in developing and implementing traumatic brain injury protocols and programming to facilitate optimal care.
  • Developed and conducted occupational therapy education for interdisciplinary team.
  • Functioned as a clinical instructor for occupational therapy students.
  • Displayed a high level of customer service, responding promptly and thoroughly to the inquiries and needs of individuals both internal and external to the organization.
Expected in 05/1990 Bachelor of Arts | Occupational Therapy St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, GPA:

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