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Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center Physical Therapist* - Rehab Services - PRN - 743012 in Alamogordo, New Mexico

Responsible for evaluation, planning, directing and administering physical therapy modalities of treatment as prescribed by a licensed physician. Administers treatments and physical agents as prescribed by a referring physician in an effort to restore function and prevent disability following injury, disease or physical disability. Assists patients to reach their maximum performance and level of functioning, while learning to live within the limits of their capabilities. The staff therapist participates in operational aspects of the department, maintains performance improvement activities within the department and participates in CQI activities. Participates in all infection control, departmental equipment training, organizational safety and fire safety programs. This description is not intended to be a complete list of duties. Other related duties may be assigned.

  • Accurately interprets referrals resulting in a proper and complete assessment of the patient.

  • Gathers and interprets various data elements from the medical record, other care providers, from patient and family resulting in an effective plan of care (POC).

  • Proactively communicates with other physical therapists when the presentation of the patient exceeds one’s skill, knowledge, or understanding of the patient’s condition.

  • Implements POC that attains expected clinical outcomes.

  • Understands the parameters of patient’s condition each visit and adjusts behaviors accordingly.

  • Completes all documentation thoroughly and charges accurately the same day treatment is rendered.

  • Develops in conjunction with the patient and family a set of realistic, reasonable goals with associated time frames and frequencies.

  • Communicates effectively the POC to delegates of care in a manner that is easily understood and easily translated into action.

  • Monitors the established POC and goals and modifies them as indicated based on the patient’s response to treatment.

  • Utilizes input from supervised staff and other care providers modifying POC or treatment according to patient’s condition.

  • Recognizes cognitive, physiological, physical, and functional changes occurring with the patient and modifies POC and/or communicates with other care providers as indicated.

  • Proactively communicates in a timely manner with the patient’s physician and/or nursing staff when changes in orders are appropriate.

  • Monitors the results of the communication to ensure that the desired outcome is achieved.

  • Establishes and maintains patient and family relationships to maximize clinical outcomes and eventual disposition.

  • Actively plans for the patient’s discharge from the day of admission through the entire length of stay demonstrated in patient documentation and participation in meetings or discussions with other care providers.

  • Efficiently utilizes the time and skills of supervised staff that maximizes productivity.

  • Treats PTA and PT Techs with respect at all times.

  • Ability to observe and evaluate treatment effect, recommends change to physician as needed.

  • Ability to perform an appropriate assessment on all patients as related to the therapy requested and provided and reassessments as per policy

  • Able to assess patient pain interfering with optimal level of function or participation in rehabilitation; makes appropriate physician contact for intervention.

  • Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.

  • Formulates and implements a teaching/education plan based upon identified learning needs of the patient and family and evaluates effectiveness of learning on an ongoing basis

  • Demonstrates knowledge of physical therapy modalities.

  • Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and their families.

  • Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly. Maintains department cleanliness and safety.

  • Communicates appropriately and clearly with physicians and other members of the patient care team.

  • Works with Case Management to facilitate discharge planning for patients.

  • Participates in coordinating and implementing patient care to ensure the patients’ needs are met and hospital policy is followed.

  • Maintains records pertinent to personnel and operation of the department.

  • Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.

  • Utilizes time in a productive manner that emphasizes patient care and the by-products related to delivering that care

  • Current American Heart – HeartSaver or Basic Life Support (BLS) card.

  • Certificate, Bachelors, Masters, or Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from an approved and accredited program by the American Physical Therapy Associate.

  • Certification:

  • Licensure: Is current or eligible for licensure as a Physical Therapist by the New Mexico Board of Physical Therapy.

  • Ability to read and communicate effectively in English-additional languages preferred.

  • Strong written and verbal skills.

  • Basic computer knowledge.

  • Knowledge of physical medicine, physical therapy modalities, anatomy and physiology.

  • Knowledge of physical therapy machine operation, maintenance and repairs of same.

  • Performs related responsibilities as assigned.

ID: 2020-3090

External Company Name: Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center

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