Physical Therapy Assistant

Westerly, RI
May 9, 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:
Performs physical therapy treatments and related tasks delegated and supervised by a licensed physical therapist in accordance with hospital policy and APTA standards of practice.

Responsibilities:
  • 1. Under the supervision of a physical therapist, demonstrates competence in all physical therapy modalities and procedures in accordance with policies as outlined in departmental manuals.
  • 1.1. Demonstrates competence in use of equipment in department.
  • 1.2. Applies modalities in proper manner and properly adjusts and sets equipment prior to use by patient.
  • 1.3. Demonstrates awareness of precautions and contraindications for modalities.
  • 1.4. Monitors patient tolerance/ response and appropriately adjusts modalities as needed. Modifies interventions within the scope of the plan of care.
  • 2. Coordinates patient's treatment plan with evaluating physical therapist ensuring optimal patient care and communication.
  • 2.1. Accurately and appropriately follows established treatment plan.
  • 2.2. Monitors established goals and documents achievement of outcomes.
  • 2.3. Reports changes in patient status and updates on progression of plan of care to the supervising physical therapist, uses physical therapist input and guidance to alter treatment plan.
  • 2.4. Informs therapist of observation/ supervisory visit/ re-evaluation needs.
  • 3. Knows how to coordinate work. Works in an organized and efficient manner.
  • 3.1. Displays ability to treat more than one patient at a time in department as modalities and treatments allow.
  • 3.2. Responds to changes in the work schedule, demonstrates flexibility in view of interruption.
  • 3.3. Informs supervisor or director of changes in work schedule, coverage needs, and patient issues.
  • 3.4. Keeps schedule current and neat.
  • 4. Promotes effective working relations and works effectively as part of a team inter- and intradepartmentally to facilitate the department's ability to meet its goals and objectives.
  • 4.1. Demonstrates willingness and ability to help others as requested.
  • 4.2. Demonstrates initiative to help others and maintain productivity.
  • 4.3. Receptive to constructive input and follows through on recommendations.
  • 4.4. Makes suggestions/ recommendations for changes within the department and solutions to problems.
  • 5. Maintains and enhances personal knowledge as well as promoting professional standards in physical therapy. Attends all required safety training programs.
  • 5.1. Seeks opportunities to advance skills and knowledge from other staff, professional organizations, and attending continuing education programs.
  • 5.2. Shares expertise/information/techniques with staff and colleagues at meeting and inservices.
  • 5.3. Provides a safe environment for patients and self.
  • 5.4. Practices aseptic techniques, adheres to infection control policies.
  • 6. Documentation of progress notes is professional, concise, accurate and timely.
  • 6.1. Is responsible to write legible, concise, relevant, and inclusive documentation that communicates care provided, patient status, ongoing needs, and achievement of goals.
  • 6.2. Long and short term goals are addressed within time frames.
  • 6.3. Assists physical therapist with physician progress notes and certification forms as requested.
  • 6.4. Correspondence requests are completed in a timely manner.
  • 7. Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors, and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible, and courteous environment.
  • 7.1. Interacts with all of the above in a considerate, helpful, and courteous manner, as observed by the supervisor/ director and peers.
  • 7.2. Maintains mature and professional manner with fellow employees, exhibiting composure and confidence even during stressful situations.
  • 7.3. Maintains open communication using the appropriate chain of command regarding issues.
  • 7.4. Displays a positive attitude within the department and across departmental lines to contribute to the overall customer service program.
  • 8. Assumes care for physical and psychological/ social needs of the patients. Explains procedures to facilitate cooperation and alleviate anxiety.
  • 8.1. Encourages patients to be motivated and an active participant in their rehab program.
  • 8.2. Provides patient/ family teaching when appropriate regarding patient's treatment plan, home program, and discharge needs.
  • 8.3. Explains new activities/ procedures in clear and accurate manner, appropriate to the patient's level of understanding and learning needs.
  • 8.4. Recognizes changes in status and takes appropriate action.


    Other information:

    EDUCATION:

    Graduate of an accredited school of physical therapy with Associate Degree.


    EXPERIENCE:

    At least 3 months probationary period commencing with date of hire.


    LICENSURE:

    Rhode Island PTA license or eligible. CPR certification


    SPECIAL_SKILLS:

    ACCOUNTABILITY:

    Ability to communicate effectively and professionally in verbal and written form. Basic computer knowledge required. Pleasant and friendly interactions.

    COMPLEXITY:

    PHYSICAL_DEMAND:

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    Job Info

    Job: 8741

    Department: Physical Therap
    Category: Rehabilitation Svcs
    Status: Per Diem
    Shift: DAYS
    Hours: 0.00

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