Penn Highlands Healthcare

Recreational Therapist I

2 weeks ago(12/6/2017 2:27 PM)
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# of Openings
Behavioral Health Services - Adult/Adolescent
1st Shift/Variable Hours


The best of modern health care technology, plus the best of small town America!

Located in the midst of the beautiful rolling hills and woodlands of Pennsylvania, you don't have to be a native to feel at home here. No matter where your roots, you'll quickly recognize that the staff at DuBois Regional Medical Center (DRMC), like other residents of the community, will make you feel right at home.


DuBois Regional Medical Center (DRMC) offers residents of west central Pennsylvania a rare combination of technologically advanced health care in a warm, friendly environment. Widely recognized as one of the leading health centers of its kind in the commonwealth, DRMC is an oasis of clinical and technical excellence, with a focus on patient-centered care. Its rural setting is just far enough from the hustle of the city life to make it peaceful, but close enough to provide easy access to sought-after urban attractions.

The Recreational Therapist I, under supervision of the Lead Recreational Therapist or Recreational Therapist II, formulates, organizes, and implements a recreational therapy program to provide assistance with rehabilitation to the activities of daily living to an assigned patient population.


*Complies with DRMC policies and procedures, accreditation agency requirements, and federal, state or local law and regulations

*Demonstrates competency in Recreational Therapist I role, as evidenced by:

  • Collaborates with other multidisciplinary team members to provide quality patient care
  • Communicates with patients/significant others regarding patient’s plan of care
  • Assists Lead or Recreational Therapist II with formulating and updating patient’s recreational treatment plan
  • Monitors and assists patients in group and individual Recreational Therapy activities (i.e. volleyball, age appropriate games and hobbies, etc.)
  • Develops new recreational activities to meet patient needs
  • Teaches, supervises, and counsels the patients and significant others in the Recreational Therapy needs of the patient
  • Participates in multidisciplinary team meetings
  • Transports patients in hospital-owned van to outside activities (i.e. bowling, etc.)

*Participates in the development of new staff as evidenced by but not limited to:

  • Actively participates in the orientation including cultural and social integration of new staff
  • When serving as preceptor, collaborates with staff member and manager/charge nurse to manage the learning process and develop individualized action plans as needs are identified

*Demonstrates professional accountability as evidenced by but not limited to:

  • Achieves educational credits to meet hospital and/or licensing/certification requirements
  • Presents information obtained at education conferences to staff members
  • Participates in the development and advancement of departmental standards, policies, and other clinical/professional initiatives
  • Conducts self in professional manner in dress, actions, and interpersonal communication
  • Assures environment of safety for patients, significant others, and coworkers
  • Informs Department DIrector of patient care situations and departmental problems as appropriate
  • Demonstrates effective problem solving skills for clinical and departmental issues

Unit Specific Duties

*Assures an environment of patient safety through:

  • Performs suicidal/observation checks every 15 minutes
  • Complies with contraband policy
  • Manages changes in behavior that puts the patient or others at risk
  • Complies with restraint/seclusion policies

*Facilitates an efficient and timely review and disposition of referrals consistent with department policy



*Maintains current Healthcare Provider (BLS) certification


*Completes Comprehensive Crisis Management training model


  • Customer service attitude required
  • Bachelors Degree in recreational related field required
  • Experience in recreation therapy activities preferred
  • Experience working with mentally ill adults and adolescents required
  • Current Pennsylvania driver’s license required
  • Current Healthcare Provider (BLS) certification required or must obtain within six months of start date in Behavioral Health
  • Completion of Comprehensive Crisis Management training required or must obtain within 12 months of start date in Behavioral Health


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