Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY:

  • Organizes and conducts physical therapy programs in the hospital to facilitate rehabilitation in selected tasks to restore, reinforce and enhance performance; facilitates the learning of those skills and functions essential for adaptation and productivity, diminish or correct pathology and to promote and maintain health. Provides care in a manner appropriate to the age of the patient.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Demonstrates skill and accuracy in performing patient evaluations
  • Devises/designs and implements treatment programs and goals using knowledge of physical therapy principles and standard operating procedures to regain physical or mental functions or adjust to their impairment.
  • Appraises/evaluates and revises prescribed treatment plans according to patient’s response and progression. Skillfully and safely progresses patients through levels of treatment within the capabilities of the patient.
  • Instructs/educates patients/families/caregivers in the use and purpose of therapeutic or adaptive devices, therapy plans, and home exercise programs.
  • Maintains timely and accurate documentation, including the medical record, physician communication, charges, etc.
  • Consults with other members of the rehabilitation team as needed to coordinate patient care.
  • Adapts/adjusts patient equipment and devices; safely and appropriately applies orthoses.
  • Provides liaison contact with community agencies/resources for follow-up continuity.
  • Regularly and appropriately delegates treatment programs to other health team personnel in the care of the patient; instructs/educates the supportive staff in the appropriate portions of the treatment program.
  • Consistently demonstrates an awareness and concern for patient safety; complies with hospital infection control policies.
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate with patients/families/care-givers in a professional manner, while motivating them to advance in rehabilitation.
  • Actively participates on patient care and department committees.
  • Demonstrates an ability to terminate treatments appropriately and makes referrals to outside agencies in a timely manner.
  • Regularly reviews caseload for opportunities to effectively “dove-tail” procedures performing physical therapy on more than one patient simultaneously without interfering with quality.
  • Provides useful suggestions regarding supplies and equipment to supervisors/clinical staff; ensures equipment in work area is in safe and proper working order.
  • Assists in selected portions of the orientation and/or training of new employees/students.
  • Reacts to change productively and performs other job related tasks and duties as assigned.
  • Possesses adequate knowledge of applicable Federal and State Regulations related to the treatment setting.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:

  • Is responsible for ongoing development of his/her work skills through the use of available resources (i.e.: inservices, formal educational programs, other work groups and on-the-job training).
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings and inservices and/or reviews documentation as required.
  • Assists in the orientation of others and actively participates in mentoring.
  • Performs analytical and decision making functions with minimal supervision.
  • Recognizes and seeks assistance/consultation when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of relative Hospital and all-departmental policies and procedures including safety issues.
  • Possesses awareness of programs/services provided by Hospital and where they are located.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/LICENSURE/TECHNICAL/OTHER:

Required Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate, Masters Degree or Certificate in Physical Therapy from an accredited college/university
  • Current MA Physical Therapy license
  • AHA BLS certification

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experiences in the clinical area of assignment.

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