Physical Therapist

Job Details
Job Summary:
Under the guidance of the Physical Rehabilitation Supervisor, the Physical Therapist performs evaluations, plans and implements physical rehabilitative treatment using physical agents and therapeutic exercise on adolescent/adult through geriatric patients. This done upon physician referrals and in accordance with department protocols. The incumbent performs duties and tasks in accordance with standards established for the job. The incumbent may have access to highly confidential patient, employee and/or Mercy proprietary information, and must handle & protect the information in accordance with hospital & system policies, HIPAA requirements and the highest level of ethical standards. The incumbent is responsible for reporting all security events, potential events, or other security risks to the organization. The incumbent is responsible for participation in and completion of all patient safety initiatives appropriate to the position, and conducts all job responsibilities according to the Mission and Values of Mercy Hospital.
State of Maine license as Physical Therapist and registration with State of Maine Board of Examiners is required. Graduate Physical Therapists require Supervisor's Affidavit approved by the State of Maine Board of Examiners. Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer certification within 90 days of hire is required. Education enabling State of Maine license as Physical Therapist and registration with State of Maine Board of Examiners is required. Must act independently and use initiative and judgment to handle a multiple caseload while treating patients in various levels of physical ability. The incumbent must have the judgment and flexibility to deal professionally with differing physician treatment ideologies. Must have a high level of analytical and problem solving skills to gather and evaluate data, develop and manage treatment.
Principal Responsibilities:
1. Patient Assessment €“ The Physical Therapist will complete an initial evaluation which includes the physical, functional and social needs within 24 hours for IP and 3 working days for OP.
Selects and performs appropriate evaluative methods relevant to the chief complaint and patient history
Recognizes need for potential involvement with other disciplines and seeks to obtain referral from physician
Recognizes inappropriate referral and seeks to have therapy discontinued
Identifies pertinent physical therapy problems
Assessment includes rehab potential and discharge planning
Completes re-assessments as changes in the patients condition warrants or upon discharge per department standards
2. Plan of Care €“ Designs a plan of care based on identified therapy problems and individual patient need
Develops appropriate, realistic time based goals for the identified therapy problems. Plan of care is individualized and reflects goals identified by the patient/family
Selects appropriate treatment methods to achieve goals
Participates in multidisciplinary Focus of Care Rounds and/or patient/team conferences to support the plan of care
Modifies the plan of care when needed according to patient response and changing needs
Re-evaluates according to time based goals per department standards
3. Implementation of Treatment Interventions €“ Demonstrates ability to rely upon one's own skill and experiences to carry out appropriate interventions consistent with the plan of care.
Demonstrates competency with the implementation of clinical skills and treatment procedures per department skills list
Maintains a safe and therapeutic environment utilizing principles of infection control, patient safety and safe operation of equipment
Notifies physician and/or other health professionals of the patient's progress or changes in condition
Conducts patient/family teaching based upon identified needs
Provides written instructions to patient/family upon discharge
Recognizes when patient has reached optimal benefits and seeks to the therapy discontinued
Recognizes and assures that discharge planning needs are met
4. Job Management €“ Demonstrates the ability to manage a typical patient volume during regular work hours.
Effectively prioritizes caseload in order to accomplish all necessary tasks within normal working day
Demonstrates ability to maintain the expected level of productivity per the department standards
Accurately completes stats sheets and charges at the end of each day
Delegates appropriate tasks to assistants, aides or volunteers as indicated
5. Documentation €“ Documents the initial assessment plan of care progress notes and discharge status in a timely manner which includes the following:
Subjective findings
Objective findings
Therapy assessment
Therapy problem list
Plan of care
Discharge disposition
Daily progress notes
Revised Goals/Plan
Patient education
Understanding of education
Referrals to other disciplines as needed
Discharge planning
Discharge documentation
All documentation to have signature, time and designation of therapist
6. Team Skills €“ Works with other members of the healthcare team to achieve positive outcomes; recognizes the interdependence of one another and each person's unique gifts in the ability to deliver services necessary for excellent health care. Expresses self in a positive manner, which is easily understood by others. Adapts to changes; shows ability to modify behavior in a changing environment.
Demonstrates insight of impact own behavior has on others
Seeks the input of group members and participates in group decisions
Demonstrates respect for the opinions and ideas of others
Keeps others informed and up-to-date
Expresses concerns in a timely and appropriate manner
Realizes limitations and seeks assistance when appropriate
Demonstrates accountability and responsibility for actions and is able to accept constructive criticism
Assumes leadership role as appropriate
7. Professional Practice/Leadership €“ Demonstrates responsibility for identifying own learning needs. Participates in the development of others, promoting professional communications and demonstrating leadership qualities.
Meets yearly requirements for continuing education per department standard
Attends Department staff meetings (takes responsibility to review minutes when not present).
Open to participating in additional tasks for self-growth. Plan and implement self objectives
Participates in the departments peer review process and any other quality improvements indicators as assigned
Accepts schedule changes and department changes openly €“ shift priorities to match department priorities
Participates in student program by completing the assigned number of students per year with satisfactory CI evaluation
Volunteers for special projects related to Physical Therapy in the department and/or community
Participates in hospital-wide committees and/or activities
Expands knowledge and skills to effectively treat patient on any rotation
Is a resource to other staff members in their area of expertise
Provides in-service on any working education course attended during year
Participates in the orientation of new employees
Participates in program development
Actively involved in professional organization
8. Performs additional duties as required or assigned.

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