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Penn Medicine

Speech Pathologist-NICU (Per Diem)




Plainsboro, New Jersey, United States


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• In this role, the speech therapist provides speech, swallowing and feeding services independently for medically complex infants in our level III NICU and acute care adults. The Speech-Language Pathologist provides speech, language and dysphagia services in accordance with the Standards of Practice of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, the Licensure Board of New Jersey and the Bylaws of the Princeton HealthCare System. Speech-Language Pathology practice involves the examination, evaluation, treatment and instruction of patients and their family members for the prevention, habilitation, and rehabilitation of speech, language, learning, processing, cognition and swallowing disorders. Such practice includes but is not limited to the infants, children and adults with disorders in aphasia, articulation, auditory processing, dysfluency, dysphagia, foreign accent, hearing impairment, language impairment, laryngectomy, learning disability, memory disorder, neurogenic disorders, oral-motor dysfunction, and vocal pathology.


NICU specific competencies:

  • Determining safety and candidacy for oral intake
  • Performing and interpreting clinical and objective swallowing/feeding studies (i.e. modified barium swallow, fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing)
  • Establishing the safest and least restrictive diet
  • Developing and implementing feeding/swallowing plans of care with aspiration precautions
  • Evaluating the safety of restarting/modifying oral feeds (i.e., post-intubation, or aspiration event)
  • Facilitating advancement of diet as appropriate
  • Weaning from tube feeding/enteral nutritional support
  • Collaborate with NICU interdisciplinary team as necessary

General Duties:

1. Performs a patient examination in technically competent manner. Performs skilled services. Uses sound judgment and follows established standards of practice independently.

2. Evaluates clinical findings to determine rehab diagnosis and outcomes of care; Designs a plan of care that integrates the goals, treatment, outcomes and discharge plan. Performs interventions in a competent manner assessing the response to care. Adapts delivery of care to reflect respect and sensitivity to individual differences; Performs reassessments as necessary. Assesses needs for other services.

3. Documents care given within the designated time frames in the EMR and hands off problems and resolutions to the case manager and the team.

4. Incorporates an understanding of economic factors in the delivery of services and maintains compliance with productivity standards of the department as specified in the staffing plan.

5. Demonstrates competency in the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to meet patients’ physical, psychological, and social needs. Competent in age specific knowledge and skills. Understands age-related growth and development levels.

6. Supports customer service and performance improvement goals of the department; collaborates with other caregivers/ staff, within and outside the department to develop means of enhancing patient care and services.

7. Implements a self-directed plan for professional development and lifelong learning.

8. Keeps abreast of changes in policies and procedures. Uses support personnel according to ethical and legal guidelines. Maintains confidentiality as per standards. Professionally represents the PHCS during interactions with suppliers, committee, new employees, and students.

9. Plans and implements in-service and continuing educational activities to meet identified learning needs and performance improvement initiatives. Participating in staff education activities and providing consultation to facility personnel


  • A Masters Degree or equivalent from a Speech-Language Pathology program accredited by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
  • Certificate of clinical competence(CCC)
  • CPR Certification

Related Work Experience:

  • Experience with adults, children and dysphagia preferred.
  • 2+ years working independently in the NICU setting required
  • Can additional experience substitute for education? If “yes”, specify type of experience (i.e. supervisory or nonsupervisory, etc) and identify how many years of additional experience: o NO: CFY

Licensure, Certification or Registration Requirement:

  • Current Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association or eligible to complete a Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY).
  • Current Temporary or Current Permanent License as a Speech- Language Pathologist from the State of New Jerey.
  • Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT) or other NICU-specific qualification preferred
  • IBCLC/CLC preferred

We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.