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Northern Light Health Physical Therapist Assistant - PTA - eligible for sign on bonus! in Presque Isle, Maine

Northern Light Health

Department: Home Health - Aroostook County

Position is located: Northern Light Home Care and Hospice Presque Isle

Work Type: Full Time

Hours: 40 hr/wk

Work Schedule: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

This position is eligible for a $5000 (less taxes) sign on bonus paid after 90 days with Promissory Note which would include a service commitment of 2 years.

  • current NLH Member employees and those with a service break of <2 years are not eligible.


The Physical Therapist Assistant is responsible for providing physical therapy assistant services to clients in their home. The incumbent performs physical therapy treatments based on the evaluation and treatment plan developed by and under the direction of a licensed physical therapist. Treatments include the administration of therapeutic exercise, general strengthening/coordination/endurance and ambulation/training, application of all therapeutic modalities and use of electrical equipment. The Physical Therapist Assistant collaborates with other members of the client care team. Performance reflects the mission and values of VNA Home Health Hospice.


Clinical Practice- Collaborates with members of the healthcare team to provide integrative care for all clients under the direction of a licensed physical therapist.

• Adheres to discipline specific clinical practice standards.

• Acknowledges and understands the Physical Therapist Assistant role as it relates to interdisciplinary team members.

• Recognizes symptoms and changes in the client’s condition and provides feedback to the primary clinician to assist in the evaluation of care.

• Calls client in advance of visit time.

• Provides service and produces work at or above expected levels of quality and consistent with agency defined quantitative standards.

• Documents accurately, completely and in a timely manner.

• Demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to provide care to the age groups served.

Performs additional duties as required or assigned.

Other information:

Current license to drive in the state of Maine, with reliable transportation and agency required auto liability insurance. Must be able to travel within assigned region, or statewide, depending on the position.

Competencies and skills:


  • Behaves with Integrity and Builds Trust: Acts consistently in line with the core values, commitments and rules of conduct. Leads by example and tells the truth. Does what they say they will, when and how they say they will, or communicates an alternate plan.

  • Cultivates Respect: Treats others fairly, embraces and values differences, and contributes to a culture of diversity, inclusion, empowerment and cooperation.

  • Demonstrates Adaptability: Learns quickly when facing a new problem or unfamiliar task; is flexible in their approach with changing priorities and ambiguity. Manages change effectively and does not give up during adversity. Capable of changing one's behavioral style and/or views in order to attain a goal. Absorbs new information readily and puts it into practice effectively.

  • Demonstrates Emotional Intelligence: Exhibits a high level of self-awareness, self-management, other awareness and relationship management. Conducts themselves in an empathic, appropriate way, with a sense of humor and stimulates a collaborative work environment. Is respectful of the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others and aware of the influence of their own behavior on them. Is aware of relevant social, political, system, and professional trends and developments and uses this information for the organization's benefit.

  • Develops Self and Others: Takes responsibility for engaging in professional self-development activities and programs. Strives to gain insight into their own values, strengths and weaknesses, interests and ambitions and takes action in order to enhance competencies and skills when possible. As a leader, encourages and guides employees towards growth opportunities to enhance performance and help them reach goals. Reviews and analyzes employees' strengths and weaknesses to distinguish their talents and development needs, and to ensure they are enhanced appropriately.

  • Effectively Communicates: Listens, speaks and writes appropriately, using clear language. Communication methods are fitting to the message(s), audience, and situation and follow-ups are regular and timely. Shows that important (non-) verbal information is absorbed and understood and asks further questions to clarify when necessary. Expresses ideas and views clearly to others and has ability to adjust use of language to the audiences' level.

  • Fosters Accountability: Creates and participates in a work environment where people hold themselves and others accountable for processes, results and behaviors. Takes appropriate ownership not only of successes but also mistakes and works to correct them in a timely manner. Demonstrates understanding that we all work as a team and the quality and timeliness of work impacts everyone involved.

  • Practices Compassion: Exhibits genuine care for people and is available and ready to help; displays a deep awareness of and strong willingness to relieve the suffering of others.

  • Provides Patient-Centered Care: Demonstrates understanding of patient care quality and service as organizational priority. Proactively supports change to improve patient experience and results. Exhibits the ability and willingness to find out what the patient wants and needs and to act accordingly, taking the organizational and outside resources into account. Cooperates, collaborates, communicates, and integrates care within and between teams to ensure that care is continuous and reliable.



  • Maine Physical Therapy Assistant license or eligible to obtain and BLS required.

Working conditions: Essential:

  • Potential exposure to abusive and/or aggressive people.

  • Need to drive to perform responsible duties.

  • Potential exposure to hazardous materials.

  • Potential exposure to noise levels being uncomfortable.

  • Potential exposure to noxious odors.

  • Potential exposure to very hot or cold temperatures.

  • Lifting, moving and loading 30 to 50 pounds.

  • Continuous sitting.

  • Alternate shift schedules (day, evening, nights, weekends).

  • Continuous standing.

  • Continuous walking.