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Northern Light Health Physical Therapist in Presque Isle, Maine

Northern Light A.R. Gould

Department: Physical Therapy

Position is located:Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital

Work Type: PRN

FTE: 0.000100:

Work Schedule: 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Summary:

A staff physical therapist is responsible for applying physical therapy practice while providing skilled physical therapy services to patients throughout The Aroostook Medical Center’s acute care floors, skilled nursing floors, outpatients at ARG & AHC, as well as at the Green Ridge Neuro Rehab Program. Physical therapy means the evaluation, treatment and instruction of human beings to detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate and limit physical disability, bodily malfunction and pain from injury, disease and any other bodily condition; the administration, interpretation and evaluation of tests and measurements of bodily functions and structures for the purpose of treatment planning; the planning, administration, evaluation and modification of treatment and instruction; and the use of physical agents and procedures, activities and devices for preventive and therapeutic purposes; and the provision of consultative, educational and other advisory services for the purpose of reducing the incidence and severity of physical disability, bodily malfunction and pain. S/he will have demonstrated adequacy of being prepared to provide these services through the rigorous academic training of an accredited Physical Therapy school, having successfully completed clinical training at accredited sites, sat for and passed APTA national registry exam and obtained a license to practice Physical Therapy in the State of Maine or granted a license to practice as a graduate PT. These professionals are expected to see patients and use their professional and clinical judgment in all aspects of care, from critical care patients to general outpatient care. S/he must demonstrate the ability to multi task and provide the highest quality of care to our patients, while recognizing the value and dignity of the individual. S/he will be expected to supervise clinical PT/PTA students throughout the year.

Responsibilities:

  1. Assesses patient’s functional deficits, plans treatment and implements treatment in an appropriate manner in compliance with standards of professional practice. 2. Clinically examine, diagnose, and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body’s ability to move and function in daily life. 3. Participates in recruitment of new therapists. 4. Attends appropriate team meetings and communicates/collaborates with other team members, individuals, family members or caregivers. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (Continued) 5. Terminates treatment when maximal benefits have been attained as well as developing appropriate discharge plans. 6. Maintains records and documentation as required by practice setting, third party payers and regulatory agencies. 7. Schedules and prioritizes own workload. 8. Monitors own performance and identifies own supervisory needs 9. Functions according to the American Physical Therapy Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the profession. 10. Supervise support staff. 11. Supervise students on clinical rotations from schools that TAMC has a contract with.

Competencies and skills:

Essential:

  • Achieves Results: Sets high standards for their own outcomes and seizes opportunities to engage others towards objectives. Consistently moves forward with direct actions in order to attain or exceed objectives. Manages their own time effectively to accomplish assigned tasks. Successfully prioritizes multiple projects and duties as needed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Exercises Sound Judgment & Decision Making: Understands and processes complex information, which allows for appropriate and accountable conclusions. Does not react too quickly or slowly. Balances facts, goals, and potential approaches taking the appropriate criteria into account. Makes active decisions and commits oneself by communicating confidently and respectfully.

  • 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.

  • Influences and Inspires: Builds enthusiasm and commitment among others to move in a desired direction and models it personally. Creates a compelling vision of success that motivates workplace initiative and energizes others to follow. Provides direction and guidance to encourage cooperation between team members in order to attain an objective. Has the ability to appropriately influence others' actions and decisions with and without express authority.

  • 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.

  • Promotes Health and Safety: Promotes a healthy and safe environment for patients, employees and visitors. Advocates and models healthy physical and mental health behaviors even in challenging circumstances. Sets high quality standards and strives for continuous improvement and quality assurance by reporting and encouraging others to report near misses and safety issues.

  • 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.

  • Resolves Conflict: Promptly acts to find alternatives/solutions when team members disagree. Addresses issues in a direct, honest, and appropriate manner. Handles conflicting interests diplomatically and helps to solve them. Transforms difficult situations into teachable moments using respect and accountability .

  • Seeks Process Improvement & Applies System Thinking: Possesses and gains insight into situations, problems and processes. Understands the interconnection between organizational elements. Deconstructs problems and systematically investigates the various components. Considers the impact of actions on the entire process/system. Detects problems and opportunities, recognizes important information, and links various data to trace potential causes and relevant details.

  • Utilizes Resources Effectively: Understands how to get the most out of available resources and uses cost-benefit thinking in decision-making and in setting priorities. Monitors and analyzes resource usage to identify and eliminate areas of waste and maximize resources. As a leader, defines targets and provides appropriate means; oversees progress and makes adjustments when necessary. Appropriately delegates work, sets clear direction and manages workflow and time.

Credentials:

Essential:

  • Physical Therapist

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.

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