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Physical Therapist Assistant - (Full-time)

Category:

Rehabilitation/Therapy/Wellness

Schedule:

Full-time

Description:

The Physical Therapist Assistant administers physical therapy treatments to patients, in Acute Care, Swing Bed, Outpatient, and Aquatic setting working under the direction of the Physical Therapist.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Graduate of a Physical Therapy Assistant Program approved by the American Physical Therapy Association. Licensed as a Physical Therapist by the State of Washington State Licensing Board.
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification or must be obtained within 30 days of hire through American Heart Association (AHA) or equivalent organization. Physical Therpaist Assistant license by the State of Washington.
  • 1-2 years of experience treating patients in an acute care hospital, including Inpatients, Outpatients is preferred. Experience in an outpatient clinic and understanding the different insurance payor guidelines is a plus.

Primary job responsibilities:

  • Administers active and passive therapeutic exercises, therapeutic activities, heat, light, sound, water, and electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, ultraviolet, infrared, hot and cold packs to treat patients with relatively stable conditions.
  • Administers manual and mechanical traction to relieve neck and back pain including other joints that need such treatment.
  • Instructs, motivates, and assists patients in learning and improving functional activities, such as gait training, transfers, bed mobility, therapeutic exercise and activities for strengthing and improving range of motion and balance.
  • Observes patients during treatments and documents data regarding response to treatment, progression of exercise program, and reports orally or in writing to the Physical Therapist any variations from the plan of care.
  • Fits patients for, adjusts, and trains in use and care of orthoses, prostheses, and assistive devices, such as crutches, canes, walkers, and wheelchairs.
  • Confers with members of the physical therapy staff and other health team members individually and in conference, to exchange, discuss, and manage patient information for planning, modifying, and coordinating treatment programs.
  • Performs department orientation to new Physical Therapist Assistants and other Rehabilitiation staff.
  • Performs various clerical tasks, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, and filling out forms.
  • May measure patient’s range of joint motion, length and girth of body parts, and vital signs to determine effects of specific treatments or to assist the PHYSICAL THERAPIST in compiling data for patient assesments.
  • Appropriately records billing information of services rendered and documented in the medical record.
  • Maintains safe, secure, and healthy work environment by establishing, following, and enforcing standards and procedures and complying with legal regulations.
  • Keeps equipment operating by following operating instructions, troubleshooting breakdowns, maintaining supplies, performing preventive maintenance, and calling for repairs.
  • Performs various clerical tasks, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, and filling out forms.
  • Serves and protects the physical therapy practice by adhering to professional standards, policies and procedures, federal, state, and local requirements, and is compliant with PTA practice standards.
  • Enhances physical therapy practice reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests and exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
  • Maintains and grows professional competency by completing or attending continuing education classes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Standard for portrayal of mission and values

  • Employee demonstrates and fosters the Lewis County Hospital District No. 1 core values of - One team, on Mission. Go out of your way, to brighten someone's day. Own it, embrace it. Care like crazy. Motivate, elevate, appreciate. Know the way, show the way, ease the way. Find joy along the way.
  • Employee demonstrates and fosters the mission of Lewis County Hospital District No. 1 to foster trust and nurture a healthy community.
  • Is cooperative and supportive to others within the department and hospital providing care and services.
  • Treats individuals including patients, co-workers, supervisors, management, patient families, physicians, volunteers, visitors and others with respect, dignity and fairness.
  • Behaves professionally and ethically in all interactions with patients, co-workers, supervisors, management, patients' families, physicians volunteers, and others.
  • Is consistently courteous to patients, co-workers, supervisors, management, patient’s families, physicians, volunteers and others; greets individuals and provides assistance and direction in an attentive and helpful manner.
  • Willingly strives at continuous quality improvement to achieve quality work the first time every time.
  • Is willing to learn new procedures and develop new skills for the purpose of improving quality of care and services.
  • Willingly participates as a member of work team(s) supporting the goals and objectives of the department and the district.
  • When answering the telephone, is courteous to caller, clearly identifies department, name and takes a message or directs calls as necessary in a helpful manner.

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