Provides direct patient care services involving all routine physical therapy modalities and procedures to physical therapy patients in order to assist them in regaining physical mobility and function, increase strength and reduce pain. Also performs associated documentation and service duties. All services are provided under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Supports the mission, values, goals and objectives of West Shore Medical Center as it strives to evolve as the premier provider of choice for quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective healthcare to the people of Manistee and surrounding communities.
Performs job responsibilities in an ethical, compliant manner consistent with the organization's values and the Medical Center's Corporate Compliance program, policies, procedures and protocols.
Applies PI/QA/RM concepts and methods inter and intra unit/discipline on a collaborative basis throughout all Medical Center related activities and participates in a minimum of two (2) CQI/QA/RM task forces annually.
Provides direct physical therapy patient care under a physical therapist's supervision and direction, utilizing modalities, therapeutic exercise, assistive devices and functional activities.
Performs selected measuring procedures, such as range of motion, gross strength of muscle groups, length and girth, ADL skills, posture, sensation and vital signs.
Interprets the above measurements with regard to the patient's progress towards previously established long and short term goals.
Provides oral and/or written feedback to primary physical therapists regarding all significant observations/changes in the patient's condition, reaction, or response to treatment.
With prior approval by the physical therapist, adjusts specific treatment procedures in accordance with changes in patient status. The physical therapist assistant shall discontinue any treatment procedures which, in their judgment, appear to be harmful to the patient.
Completes all appropriate documentation in a timely manner. Maintains appropriate written records to document treatment procedures, patient responses and patient charges, as well as appropriate home programs prior to patient discharge.
Refers inquiries regarding patient status and/or prognosis to the supervising physical therapist.
Assists in escorting/transporting patients to and from physical therapy area, providing verbal guidance to maximal physical assistance as required; obtains wheelchairs, carts, walkers, etc., assists patients into chairs and on to carts and tables as necessary and provides physical support at all times.
Cleans and maintains treatment areas by cleaning and changing mats, changing linen, cleaning and refilling equipment, etc. Ensures that all equipment is working properly and reports needed repairs to manager.
Assists in monitoring and ordering of routinely used clinical supplies; assists in procuring supplies from other Medical Center areas and in properly stocking departmental supplies.
Assists in scheduling patients and prepares daily schedule; maintains daily census of physical therapy patients; helps prepare daily charges.
Ensures that physical therapy aides have properly set up equipment and patients for performance of assigned duties; provides supervision and assistance to aides as necessary.
Performs associated clerical duties such as answering phones, filing, pulling charts and so forth.
Attends and participates in meetings, such as: staff meetings, in-service programs, task force meetings, etc.
Assists in training, evaluating and supervision of physical therapist assistant clinical students.
Participates in ongoing quality assurance activities of the department.
Has a knowledge of and utilizes appropriate patient care protocol relating to the physical and psychological needs of infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Graduate of an approved Physical Therapist Assistant program, Associates Degree required.
One to three months of on-the-job training experience (internship meets the minimum requirement) in order to acquire skill in treatment execution and familiarity with department procedures.
Interpersonal ability necessary to interact with patients in sensitive, anxiety producing situations as well as with physicians, family members and other health care team members. Also to maintain excellent rapport with departmental staff to assure consistent, accurate, high quality, timely patient care services in coordination with the assigning therapists.
Technical skills and knowledge regarding a broad scope of Physical Therapy modalities and treatment procedures.
The ability to recognize and assess the reaction of all patient age populations (i.e. peds, geriatric, adolescent, and adult) to treatment and overall therapy program.