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Nebraska Methodist Health System Physical Therapist Assistant in Council Bluffs, Iowa

  • Purpose of Job

  • Responsible for performing physical therapy treatments as delegated by the supervising physical therapist.

  • Job Requirements

  • Education

  • Associate's Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant Program required.

  • Experience

  • N/A

  • License/Certifications

  • Current Iowa physical therapist assistant license required.

  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required.

  • Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • Requires knowledge of physical therapy as demonstrated by successful completion of accredited Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

  • Requires skills in communication, both oral and written, time management and organization, personnel management.

  • Requires the ability to work independently, adapt to a changing environment, organize and work with a variable patient load.

  • Requires the ability to conduct patient teaching and in-service presentations.

  • Practices within standards of practice as outlined by professional organization and licensing body.

  • Physical Requirements

  • Weight Demands

  • Medium Work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force.

  • Physical Activity

  • Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):

  • Climbing

  • Crawling

  • Crouching

  • Keyboarding/typing

  • Kneeling

  • Sitting

  • Frequently Performed (34%-66%):

  • Balancing

  • Carrying

  • Distinguish colors

  • Fingering/Touching

  • Grasping

  • Lifting

  • Pulling/Pushing

  • Reaching

  • Repetitive Motions

  • Speaking/talking

  • Standing

  • Stooping/bending

  • Twisting

  • Walking

  • Constantly Performed (67%-100%):

  • Hearing

  • Seeing/Visual

  • Job Hazards

  • Not Related:

  • Equipment/Machinery/Tools

  • Explosives (pressurized gas)

  • Electrical Shock/Static

  • Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)

  • Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)

  • Rare (1-33%):

  • Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)

  • Mechanical moving parts/vibrations

  • Occasionally (34%-66%):

  • Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) Blood or Body Fluid (BBF)

  • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)

  • Essential Job Functions

  • Essential Functions I

  • Promotes positive relations when interacting with patients, visitors, families, physician, customers and co-workers.

  • Greet, smiles and makes eye contact.

  • Introduces self by name.

  • Volunteers to help co-workers and other employees.

  • Addresses patients and others by surname.

  • Responds quickly to patients and/or other peoples' needs.

  • Excels in a Culture of Engagement where we have the responsibility to be welcoming, assuring, and compassionate - ALWAYS.

  • Demonstrates this by following the Standards of Compassionate Care and AIDET.

  • Performs physical therapy treatments as delegated by the supervising physical therapist to ensure accurate and consistent replication of the therapist program.

  • Carries out treatments according to supervising therapist's plan.

  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills, by recognizing treatment program needs and/or contraindications and communicates these with supervising Physical Therapist.

  • Obtains approval from the supervisory Physical Therapist to change treatment and progress patients to ensure proper progression of treatment and facilitate appropriate level of care.

  • Follows state guidelines regarding frequency of visits and reporting to the supervising Physical Therapist of the patient's condition, responses and reactions to prescribed treatment.

  • Provides patient and family education to facilitate patient rehabilitation.

  • Utilizes the services of interpreters, child-life specialists, etc to assist with instruction as needed or requested.

  • Coordinates treatments with interdisciplinary services as needed.

  • Patient documentation is thorough and timely, enhancing communication and ensuring completion of Medical Record.

  • All documentation is completed within time frame according to policy.

  • Documentation includes al JC requirements. (Surgeries, Signatures, Allergies, etc.)

  • Documentation accurately reflects services provided, patient response and progress.

  • Documentation format and content are consistent with departmental dictation guides.

  • Patient billing is appropriate and accurately reflects the services provided for each therapy session.

  • Indicates start/stop time of treatment, the number of minutes provided for each service rendered, and appropriately bills patient from this documentation.

  • Demonstrates commitment to personal growth and clinical excellence.

  • Attends all departmental meetings whenever possible.

  • Attends all mandatory in-services.

  • Attends a minimum of 1 continuing education course per year.

  • Presents a staff in-service within 1 month of attendance of continuing education course.

  • Assists with program development, including general department programs, assists with marketing strategies and provide input to the Coordinators of these programs.

  • Participates in program development and work teams as needed.

  • Participates in community education through speaking engagements, covering health fairs or other events as needed.

  • Participates and assists with marketing strategies as needed.

  • Develops physician relationships.

  • Demonstrates responsibility with all job related duties.

  • Takes accountability to cover all assigned shifts.

  • Accepts responsibility for actions and consequences.

  • Consistently clocks in and out at appropriate times correctly using KRONOS.

  • Attitude and communication approach reflects the core values of the Rehab department.

  • Listens carefully, checks on understanding before responding and accepts and offers feedback.

  • Proactively seeks solutions to challenges within the work environment.

  • Adapts, without difficulty, to changes in assignment and environment.

  • Participates in the clinical instruction of PTA students, to facilitate their education and promote the profession and department.

  • Provides supervision and guidance appropriate for each student, to ensure appropriate treatment of patients as well as educational outcome of the student.

  • Complies with school/department requirements for supervision/feedback.

  • Provides appropriate care specific to the age of the patient, to ensure understanding and comfort level of treatment, as outlined in the department specific “Age-Specific Competency Checklist”.

  • Standard as outlined in the Age Specific Criteria.

  • Essential Functions II

  • Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.

  • Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Compassionate Care/AIDET and company policies/procedures.

  • Other duties as assigned.

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