Therapeutic Recreation Specialist-Research

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POST DATE 6/14/2017
END DATE 8/18/2017

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids, MI
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Part Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


Mission Statement
Restoring hope and freedom through rehabilitation.

The Research Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (Research CTRS) supports the John F. Butzer Center for Research & Innovation (JFB-R&I) mission of conducting, communicating, and translating research and innovation that demonstrates the value of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital's processes, devices, technologies, and services in support of the optimal care of patients.

The Research CTRS assists with data management, recruiting participants, obtaining consents, maintaining files, scheduling and conducting interviews of participants, maintaining data collection files, assisting with data analysis and generating correspondence, reports and graphics.

The Research CTRS will work effectively in a team structure to assure efficiency of workflow, consistently demonstrating support of the Research & Innovation's mission of striving for excellence, contributing to the team efforts and showing respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of the hospital and research enterprise.

Demonstrates strong aptitude in the following attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility / Adaptability, Judgment / Problem Solving, and Customer Service.

Essential Job Responsibilities:
A. Conducts Structured Exercise Intervention and Bridge Program Intervention
B. Conducts Structured Exercise program intervention per study protocol at the Mary Free Bed.
C. Conducts Bridge Program intervention per study protocol at the MFB.
D. Develops, implements, and monitors intervention according to the needs and abilities of the participant. Seeks input / advice from study staff and clinical specialists as needed.

E. Contacts participants to schedule interventions, communicates with MFB staff effectively regarding study conduct.

F. Performs exercise testing per study protocol.
G. Contacts hospital-site staff to identify potential participants; reviews medical records to determine appropriateness of patients for study.

H. Explains study to patients and family members, requests participation and obtains informed consent

I. Schedules and confirms participants for hospital and/or home interviews
J. Conducts on and offsite interviews using a variety of structured and non-structured questionnaires

K. Retrieves and records data from medical records and records data from interviews on appropriate forms

L. Uses clinical judgment to alert supervisor in a timely manner that participant responses may indicate need for professional intervention

M. Maintains interim contact with study participants to maintain current address and telephone information

N. Assists in development of data tables, graphs and charts and preparation of material for presentation

O. Assists in the collection of new data; codes, cleans, transcribes, records, enters and stores all data collected; coordinates data collection with other research staff as appropriate.

P. Generates reports detailing data collected
Q. Conducts literature searches, copying and distributing articles as appropriate
R. Transcribes and codes taped interviews
S. Maintains an inventory of data collection forms to ensure ease of data retrieval
T. Assists in analysis of qualitative and quantitative data by coding verbatim interviews
U. Performs various record-keeping tasks such as filing consent forms and other data collection forms on all eligible participants to ensure ease of data retrieval and tracking of participants.

V. Attends scholarly activity meetings; takes minutes as assigned

Customer Service Responsibilities:
Demonstrates excellent customer service behaviors consistent with organizational and departmental standards. Consistently promotes teamwork and direct communication with co-workers. Deals discretely and sensitively with confidential information.

Responsibilities in Quality Improvement:
Contributes by identifying problems and seeking solutions. Promotes patient/family satisfaction where possible; participates in departmental efforts to monitor and report customer service.

Essential Job Qualifications (Knowledge, Education, and Training Requirements):
A. B.A. in Therapeutic Recreation.
B. Minimum of two years experience in a hospital or rehabilitation setting.
C. Registered with NCTRC as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
D. Valid Michigan drivers license with no restrictions affecting ability to drive vehicles.
E. Possesses and maintains CPR certification.
F. Possesses and demonstrates expertise in a specific diagnostic area of rehabilitative therapeutic recreation.
G. Analytical ability is required to prepare reports, maintain data inventory, code, transcribe interviews, develop graphs, perform literature searches, negotiate systems in several hospitals and/or human service organizations, and identify concerns/responses of participants that require termination of interview or possible intervention.
H. Strong interpersonal skills are needed to interact effectively with patients/family member dyads, physicians, other human service professionals, MFB Y staff and a variety of supervisors for various research projects.
I. Flexibility to coordinate scheduling with other project staff as needed.
J. Physical Demands: The physical ability to lift, position, and transport patients; the ability to frequently sit, stand, walk, bend, kneel, twist, crawl, grasp, reach, and occasionally climb; the ability to hear, speak, write, and see (correctable vision); the ability to frequently lift up to 75 pounds, and occasionally lift in excess of 75 pounds; the ability to occasionally push, pull, or carry weight anywhere from 1 to 100+ pounds while assisting patients and moving equipment; the ability to exert up to 20-50 pounds of force occasionally, 10-20 pounds of force frequently, and exert up to 10 pounds of force constantly.

Other Preferred Job Qualifications:
* Experience or knowledge of adapting equipment and leisure education.
* Possesses and maintains WSI certification.
* Membership in ATRA/NCTRC.
* CIFT certification from the American College of Sports Medicine.
* Experience, training in exercise science.
* Personal Trainer certification.