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ENT Speech Pathologist - As Needed (PRN)

Kansas City, Kansas

Job ID: R-20513

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Job Summary

Job ID: R-20513 Job Type: Part time Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Position Summary / Career Interest:

• The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) is part of a team of nurses, advanced practice providers and physicians committed to treating a range of complex adult voice, swallowing, and upper airway disorders in an outpatient medical setting. • The SLP is integrated into the Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (OTO-HNS) clinic and has a hands-on role in the clinical and instrumental evaluation of patients. The SLP frequently works in tandem with fellowship-trained Laryngologist and Head & Neck Oncologic Surgeons. • The SLP engages in collaborative and longitudinal care of patients with voice/swallow/airway disorders, providing comprehensive therapy while promoting best-practices in patient care. • The SLP plays a role in advancing the field of speech language pathology through teaching (graduate students from the KU SLP program and OTO-HNS residents) and opportunities to participate in clinical research


  •  Evaluate and treat patients referred to laryngology services for voice/swallow/airway concerns. This includes:
    a.    Obtaining a detailed case history. 
    b.    Obtaining objective measures and psychoacoustic judgments of phonatory ability.
    c.    Administering and interpreting acoustic analysis for documentation of vocal parameters.
    d.    Administering and interpreting videolaryngostroboscopic, videonasoendoscopic, FEES and modified barium video swallow evaluations
    e.    Utilizes electromyography machine in accordance with laryngologist for various therapeutic tasks
  • Provide pre-treatment evaluation and counseling and post-treatment care for patients undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer.  This includes:
    a.    Provide pre- and post-treatment swallowing evaluation for patients undergoing surgical or medical treatment (chemoradiation) of head and neck cancer.
    b.    Provide post-treatment dysphagia therapy for patients requiring rehabilitation after treatment for head and neck cancer.
    c.    Provide pre-operative education and counseling for patients undergoing laryngectomy and establish a plan of care for post-operative alaryngeal speech restoration, to include use of electrolarynx, esophageal speech and tracheoesophageal prosthesis (TEP).
    d.    Evaluate, manage and replace TEP voice prostheses 
  • Advocate for patients undergoing treatment for rehabilitation of voice/swallow/airway disorders and interact on the patient’s behalf with physicians, nurses, employers, etc
    a.    Interpret evaluation results for patients, their families and medical staff and make appropriate recommendations for management and treatment.
    b.    Develop appropriate goals for each patient, and design and execute a therapeutic program to meet these goals. 
    c.    When appropriate, makes referrals for medical evaluation, audiology services or follow up by other medical professionals.
  • Maintain documentation and certifications required for patient care
    a.    Maintain documentation of patient contact according to JCAHO procedures and standards. 
    b.    Ensure documentation is clear and concise, and in compliance with departmental KSHA and ASHA guidelines, and regulatory requirements from third party payers.    
    c.    Meet all state requirements for continuing education with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts.
  • Participate in departmental education and research efforts
    a.    May provide educational programs through in-services to the rehab services department or interdisciplinary colleagues, and teaching labs to the Speech students.
    b.    May provide student supervision for Level II students, utilizing a wide variety of supervisory styles to enhance student learning.
    c.     May assist to develop, collect, and analyze performance improvement data.
  • Must be able to perform the professional, clinical and or technical competencies of the assigned unit or department.  
    a.    Follow all departmental policies, procedures, and standards
    b.    Complete other assignments as requested by the physicians and/or Speech Supervisor to assist in the efficient operation/function of the clinic



1.    Master's Degree in Communication Disorders/Speech and Hearing Science
2.    Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
3.    Valid license from the state of Kansas to practice as an SLP.
4.    Eligible for licensure to practice as an SLP in the state of Missouri
5.    Demonstrates prior experience in the independent evaluation and treatment of laryngeal, phonatory, swallowing and upper airway disorders.
6.    Interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals.     

We are an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, ancestry, age (40 or older), disability, veteran status or genetic information.

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  • Healthcare

    Our robust medical, dental and vision package allows you to choose options that are best for your family. We offer life, disability, and accident insurance plus voluntary offerings such as critical illness insurance and identity theft protection.

  • Giving back

    In addition to the quality healthcare we provide, we have opportunities to serve externally in our community in activities throughout the year.

  • Team-based culture

    At the health system, we are a team. If you are highly skilled and motivated but don’t want to work in an “everyone for themselves” culture like many academic institutions have, this is your place.

  • Support and Resources

    We have a comprehensive wellness program with resources to support your physical, mental, and emotional health. Our new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) includes free counseling sessions and legal advice options.

  • Tuition Reimbursement

    We offer tuition reimbursement for formal education credits.

  • 401(k)

    We offer a retirement savings plan with an employer contribute.

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  • Desire to Grow & Develop

Our Culture

  • Work with a team that supports you, in a place where you will feel you belong and will make a difference. We empower staff to put the patient first in all things – even beyond clinical care. We value people.
  • Driven to serve: Every employee makes an impact, regardless of your role – no matter if you’re in scheduling, facilities or clinical staff. We know that each step of the process ultimately impacts the patient.
  • Our leadership is approachable, open-minded, and adaptable to challenges in healthcare.
  • We demonstrate values proudly and consistently. Values such as diversity and inclusion are important to our staff; there is a desire to see this reflected by the health system internally and externally.
  • Even though we are a large organization, our employees feel the health system’s resources, culture and commitment to quality allow them to provide exceptional care for patients.
  • Our health system welcomes patients and cases that other hospitals cannot. This represents our commitment to care and our passion to challenge ourselves and be the best.
  • We are a true healthcare leader in the region, rooted in experience and excellence.
  • We offer unique opportunities for professional development, as well as convenient pathways for onsite continuing education among healthcare professionals and staff – from GED to CEUs.
  • We make a difference in our communities by improving the health and lives of our patients.
  • We also support our communities through Health System Employees Reaching Out events.

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