Physical Therapy Aide

Westerly, RI
Feb 6, 2019

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Job Description

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

EEO/AA/Disability/Veteran

Summary:
Carries out departmental support duties and such treatment programs or portions thereof as are delegated and supervised the supervisor or staff therapists.

Responsibilities:
  • 1. Demonstrates competence in physical and occupational therapy modalities and procedures in accordance with policies as outlined in department manuals.
  • 1.1. Demonstrates competence with use of equipment in department appropriate for aide application.
  • 1.2. Applies modalities in proper manner and properly adjusts and sets equipment prior to use by patient according to therapist's instructions.
  • 1.3. Demonstrates awareness of precautions and contraindications for modalities.
  • 1.4. Monitors patient tolerance/ response and appropriately notifies supervising therapist.
  • 2. Demonstrates responsibility for ordering, stocking, and maintaining supplies for outpatient department.
  • 2.1. Stocks linen neatly in cabinets throughout the department.
  • 2.2. Maintains supplies of clinic supplies including electrodes, theraband and tubing, paraffin wax, ultrasound lotion, hot packs, cold packs, etc.
  • 2.3. Responsible for receipt of items ordered, and maintains organized files of purchase orders and packing slips
  • 2.4. Notifies director of special order needs and problems with orders placed.
  • 3. Assists in, and/or prepares set up for treatments such as whirlpool, hot packs, cold packs, exercise, fluidotherapy, paraffin, ultrasound, electrical stimulation.
  • 3.1. Greets patients and assists with dressing/ undressing as needed; assists on and off equipment as directed by therapist. Always greets/ treats patients in courteous and respectful manner.
  • 3.2. Positions patients correctly and comfortable, draping as necessary.
  • 3.3. Exhibits basic knowledge of treatments being given.
  • 3.4. Follows directions and technique of therapists accurately.
  • 4. Maintains treatment areas in clean and orderly condition.
  • 4.1. Removes and replaces used linen promptly.
  • 4.2. Maintains organization of all treatment areas: chairs, carts, stools, traction equipment, beanbags, gym equipment, toys, etc.
  • 4.3. Demonstrates initiative in making department look clean, orderly, and professional.
  • 4.4. Provides a safe environment for patients and self.
  • 5. Works as a team member.
  • 5.1. Demonstrates willingness and ability to assist others as requested.
  • 5.2. Demonstrates initiative to help others and maintain productivity.
  • 5.3. Regularly reports free time and asks what needs to be done.
  • 5.4. Responds to requests in a timely manner.
  • 6. Knows how to coordinate work. Works in an organized and efficient manner.
  • 6.1. Responds appropriately to changes in the work schedule
  • 6.2. Demonstrates flexibility in view of interruption, and manage requests from different therapists.
  • 6.3. Keeps work area clean and organized.
  • 6.4. Follows lock up procedures. Leaves department orderly, clean, and stocked for the next day.
  • 7. Carries out routine clerical and receptionist duties as requested or assigned.
  • 7.1. Files progress notes, physician orders and correspondence, exercise programs in correct order in active charts.
  • 7.2. Faxes physician correspondence promptly.
  • 7.3. Answers phones and takes messages as needed.
  • 7.4. Monitors stock of forms and makes/ requests copies as needed.
  • 8. Seeks opportunities to advance skills and knowledge.
  • 8.1. Attends departmental inservice programs.
  • 8.2. Uses other staff as resources to increase knowledge of therapy and treatments.
  • 8.3. Takes advantage of hospital educational opportunities.
  • 8.4. Demonstrates initiative to improve knowledge, competency, and skills.


    Other information:

    EDUCATION:

    High school diploma or equivalent is required.


    EXPERIENCE:

    Prior experience in health setting, physical therapy preferred.


    LICENSURE:

    CPR preferred.


    SPECIAL_SKILLS:

    ACCOUNTABILITY:

    Ability to follow specific instructions related to patient treatment and to observe specific precautions related to physical therapy. Basic computer knowledge preferred. Ability to interact in a pleasant and professional manner with patients, physicians, visitors, and personnel in other departments. Knowledge of basic medical terminology required.

    COMPLEXITY:

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    Job Info

    Job: 5466

    Department: Physical Therap
    Category: Rehabilitation Svcs
    Status: Full Time
    Shift: DAYS
    Hours: 40.00