REGISTRY PHYSICAL THERAPIST in Chicago, IL at Pipeline Health

Date Posted: 9/19/2022

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Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital

Chicago, Illinois

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

REGISTRY/PRN

FUNCTIONAL NAME:  REGISTRY PHYSICAL THERAPIST

DEPARTMENT NAME:  PATIENT THERAPY (PIPELINE NAME: "PHYSICAL THERAPY")                           

COST CENTER#: 8000 (PIPELINE CC: 7770)

JOB SUMMARY

Provides physical therapy services appropriate to patients’ needs, utilizing necessary resources to ensure optimal patient care.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

1.       Graduation from an accredited physical therapy school with Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or entry-level Doctorate degree or verification by the APTA of equivalent training in another country

2.       Current physical therapy license in State of Illinois

3.       CPR certification (BLS) from the American Heart Association

4.       Basic English language competence for verbal and written communication in English language

5.       Effective interpersonal skills

SUPERVISION

Exercised:  Oversees patient care delegated to PTA and/or rehab technician.  Supervises physical therapy students

 

Received: Reports to the Director, Rehab Program.  May receive orientation, coaching and mentoring from Physical Therapist, Sr. and department Lead Therapist.

JOB RELATIONSHIPS (INTERNAL/EXTERNAL)

Communicates effectively through frequent verbal and written interactions, including phone calls, with patients, visitors and/or department personnel and other departments, employees and/or medical staff.  Establishes therapeutic relationship with patients / families, interdisciplinary team members and external contacts. 

Adjusts patient interaction and/or treatment to match each patient’s age-specific developmental, educational, or other related needs.

JOB DUTIES (* denotes “essential function”)

1.       Demonstrates the WMH Customer Service Values, which are key in providing quality service to patients and customers. *

2.       Demonstrates proficient skill in evaluating, interpreting, planning, educating and implementing age-appropriate and functional physical therapy treatment, including but not limited to diagnostic procedures to assess nerve, muscle, joint integrity and to treatments utilizing modalities, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education, ADL training/use of adaptive equipment, community re-integration, visual-perceptual/sensory integration, splinting/orthotics, and/or wound care interventions.*

3.       Establishes and revises treatment plan based on physician orders, patient/caregiver input, evaluation results and patient progress.*

4.       Ensures treatment outcomes meet program standards and reimbursement criteria and facilitate optimal discharge planning.*

5.       Independently performs all duties required to maintain and complete patient records in a timely manner.* 

6.       Communicates effectively with patients, caregivers, other team members to coordinate treatment plans.*

7.       Maintains confidentiality of patient records and information.*

8.       Actively pursues professional development and educational opportunities to expand clinical expertise.*

9.       Attends all mandatory and relevant in-services and meetings.*

10.    Assists with orienting students and new team members.

11.    Participates in program development projects.

12.    Serves as a resource person for other staff members, sharing professional knowledge/expertise with others.

13.    Manages patient caseload and daily operations efficiently.*

14.    Ensures safety of patients, caregivers, and co-workers by adherence to health and safety guidelines.*

WORKING CONDITIONS

Physical Environment/Hazards:  Must possess sufficient dexterity to use patient care equipment and render patient care on a daily basis. Must have sufficient knowledge of basic body mechanics and physical strength to safely move patients and/or equipment so as not injure self or others. Frequent interruptions and changing schedules and priorities may produce stress. Potential for exposure to diagnosed and undiagnosed communicable diseases. Potential for exposure to agitated patients with possibility of physical and/or verbal aggression.

OSHA Category I:  Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue.

TB Exposure: There is an occupational risk for exposure to TB and the incumbent is required to take Particulate Respirator Fit testing.

 

STATEMENT OF OTHER DUTIES

This document describes the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions.  It should be understood, therefore, that incumbents may be asked to perform job-related duties beyond those explicitly described.

All employees are required to familiarize themselves and continually comply with all federal and state healthcare laws, regulations and rules (including Medicare and Medicaid billing requirements which are applicable to the employee’s job duties).  Any employee who becomes aware of possible noncompliance with applicable laws is required to promptly report such possible noncompliance to his or her immediate manager or the compliance Resource Line.  No adverse action or any form of retaliation shall be taken by the Hospital against any employee because of that person’s good faith report of possible noncompliance.

Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital

Chicago, Illinois

 

CHECKLIST OF AGE-SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES FOR

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

This position serves patients in the following age groups (check all that apply):

[  ]   NEONATAL/INFANT (Newborn to 11 mos.)      [  ]     SCHOOL AGE/ADOLESCENT (6 years to 18 years)

[  ]   TODDLER (1 year to 4 years)                                 [X]    ADULT (19 to 64 years)

[  ]   PRESCHOOLER (4 years to 6 years)                     [X]    GERIATRIC (65 years and older)

For each age group selected, the incumbent must demonstrate competency in the following skills and be assessed for competency on their annual performance evaluation.

NEONATAL/INFANT:

[  ]    Performs basic physiological assessment based on parameters appropriate for neonates

        [  ]    Cardiorespiratory patterns                 [  ]    Neurological status            [  ]    Thermoregulatory Status

        [  ]    Presence of Jaundice/Sepsis              [  ]    Mobility                             [  ]    Nutrition/Hydration/Elimination

        [  ]    Skin Integrity

[  ]    Assesses gestational age and adaptation to extra extrauterine life

[  ]    Provides protective environment, does not leave unattended

[  ]    Explains all procedures to parents and involves them in feeding, diapering, and bathing as appropriate

[  ]    Allows infant to be held before and during procedures

[  ]    Maintains neutral thermal environment, keeping infant swaddled when being held

[  ]    Uses equipment appropriate for neonates

[  ]    Other:__________________________________________________________________________________________________

(List a couple specifics)________________________________________________________________________________________

TODDLER:

[  ]    Encourages parental involvement to decrease separation anxiety

[  ]    Explains all activities prior to beginning, using language appropriate for level of development

[  ]    Talks directly to child as well as the parents

[  ]    Demonstrates desired behavior such as opening mouth, looking up, etc.

[  ]    Assesses cognitive ability, recognizing that critical thinking changes over time and emotional instability may predominate during stressful periods

[  ]    Provides appropriate pain management, recognizes that pain may be perceived as punishment

[  ]    Assesses physiological parameters in response to therapeutic interventions

[  ]    Provides safe environment, minimizing the number of strangers providing direct care

[  ]    Provides limited choices but involves the child in decisions as appropriate

[  ]    Assesses parental response to child’s illness/injury

[  ]    Involves parents in direct care as well as decisions, providing appropriate education for both child and parent

[  ]    Other:__________________________________________________________________________________________________

(List a couple specifics)________________________________________________________________________________________

PRESCHOOLER:

[  ]    Encourages parental involvement to decrease separation anxiety

[  ]    Explains all activities prior to beginning, using language appropriate for level of development

[  ]    Talks directly to child as well as the parents

[  ]    Assesses cognitive ability, recognizing that critical thinking changes over time and emotional instability may predominate during stressful periods

[  ]    Recognizes fears of body mutilation, loss of control, darkness and physical ability

[  ]    Provides appropriate pain management, recognizes that pain may be perceived as punishment

[  ]    Provides privacy and exposes only one part of the body at a time

[  ]    Assesses developmental parameters related to learning and psychological status

[  ]    Provides safe environment, minimizing the number of strangers providing direct care

[  ]    Provides reassurance and support for anxiety related to body image and appearance

[  ]    Provides limited choices but involves the child in decisions as appropriate

[  ]    Assesses physiological parameters in response to therapeutic interventions

[  ]    Uses equipment appropriate in age and size of patient

[  ]    Assesses parental response to child’s illness/injury

[  ]    Involves parents in direct care as well as decisions, providing appropriate education for both child and parent

[  ]    Other:__________________________________________________________________________________________________

(List a couple specifics)________________________________________________________________________________________

SCHOOL AGE/ADOLESCENT:

[  ]    Provides choice of being examined/interviewed with or without parents

[  ]    Recognizes anxiety regarding potential changes in lifestyle resulting from illness

[  ]    Uses direct, non-judgmental communication when explaining procedures or interviewing patient and encourages questions

[  ]    Involves patient in planning and decision making, but establishes appropriate behavior limits without too many restrictions

[  ]    Recognizes fear related to altered body image

[  ]    Acknowledges need for independence from adults and recognizes reluctance to express dependence

[  ]    Encourages appropriate peer support

[  ]    Involves parents in explanations, decisions, and education

[  ]    Assesses developmental parameters related to learning and psychological status

[  ]    Provides reassurance and support for anxiety related to body image and appearance

[  ]    Assesses physiological parameters in response to therapeutic interventions

[  ]    Uses equipment appropriate in age and size of patient

[  ]    Recognizes tendency to resistance and provides rationale for procedures, activities, and treatments

[  ]    Supports healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise

[  ]    Other:__________________________________________________________________________________________________

(List a couple specifics)________________________________________________________________________________________

ADULT:

[X]  Recognizes commitments to family, career, and community

[X]  Recognizes anxiety related to employment status and work responsibility that may be altered because of illness or injury

[X]  Supports efforts to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle that may be modified due to physical limitations

        Familiar with “Inactivity Cycle” concepts and provides education regarding the importance of active lifestyle to physical and psychosocial well-being.  Explores role of leisure activity and socialization in patient’s life and incorporates skill training, functional adaptations and education accordingly.

[X]  Recognizes potential for increased stress related to dependency needs of younger children and economic

        issues related to potential impact of illness on employment

[X]  Involves patient and life partners in all care planning and decisions

[X]  Allows patient to take the lead in decisions, encourages questioning and direct participation

        Encourages patient ownership of rehab process consistent with premorbid level and style of functioning.

[X]  Recognizes fear related to altered body image

[X]  Assesses learning needs and provides information in a way that addresses patient’s learning style, i.e., learning from watching, reading, doing. Feedback style and content is consistent with patient’s interaction and learning style.

[X]  Ensures that patient and others understand course of therapy and expected outcomes

[X]  Assesses physiological parameters in response to therapeutic intervention

GERIATRIC:

[X]  Identifies increased physical/emotional dependency and availability of support networks

[X]  Recognizes the psychosocial impact relating to lost roles and/or changes in the body

        Familiar with “Inactivity Cycle” concepts and provides education regarding the importance of active lifestyle to physical and psychosocial well-being.  Explores role of leisure activity and socialization in patient’s life, recognizes potential for diminishing involvement in leisure activities and incorporates skill training, functional adaptations and education accordingly.

[X]  Provides clear explanations for all activities, procedures, and treatments, involving patient in planning for scheduling of care. Feedback style and content is consistent with patient’s interaction and learning style.

[X]  Determines presence of disabilities affecting mobility or sensory acuity

[  ]    Assesses potential for compromised skin integrity

[  ]    Determines increased risks for nutritional deficiencies

[  ]    Notes changes in elimination patterns

[  ]    Identifies increased sensitivity to climate/environment changes

[X]  Recognizes potential for education needs due to compromised physical/sensory ability. Modifies method of instruction and education appropriate to patients’ learning style (e.g., verbal, written, demonstration).

[  ]    Administers medications with attention to characteristics of complex multi-drug regimens, increased potential for drug interactions, and over-medication due to decreased renal and hepatic function and altered absorption

[X]  Modifies the interview technique to identify and assess the physical, psychosocial, and education needs common to this age group

[X]  Communicates with other team members, patients, and family to develop, update, and implement care plans

[X]  Involves appropriate agency resources, community resources, and other significant persons in the patient’s support system that will be involved in patient’s short and long-term care

Attachment C

Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital

Chicago, Illinois

                               CHECKLIST OF PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

KEY TO FREQUENCY CODES:

C = Continually      (5.6 - 8.0 hours per day)                    R     = Rarely   (less than 0.5 hours per day)

F  = Frequently       (2.6 - 5.5 hours per day)                  N/A   = Not Applicable

O = Occasionally   (0.6 - 2.5 hours per day)

Enter a Frequency Code in the Space Indicated:

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Sitting                                      O                             Balancing                      F                           

Stationary Standing                 F                              Reaching Overhead       O

Walking                                   F                              Grasping                       F

Ability to be Mobile                C                             Keyboarding                  O

Crouching                               F                              Pinching                        F

Kneeling/Crawling                  F                              Pushing                         F                            Typical Weight:       150 lbs.

Stooping                                  F                                                                                                  Maximum Weight:   300 lbs.

Twisting                                  F                                                                   

Turning/Pivoting                     F                              Lifting:                          F                            Typical Weight:       150 lbs.

Climbing                                 O                                                                                                 Maximum Weight:   300 lbs.

Other Physical:  ____________________________________________________________________________________________

SENSORY REQUIREMENTS

Talking in Person                    C                             Hearing in Person          C

Talking on Telephone              F                              Hearing on Telephone    F

Other Sensory:_____________________________________________________________________________________________

ENVIRONMENTAL SETTINGS

Safety (e.g., clothing, safety equipment):                                                                                 C

Exposures (e.g., fumes, chemicals, vibrations, humidity, temperature, dust, noise etc.):            O

Operation of heavy equipment, tools, vehicles:                                                                        O

Required hygiene standards (e.g. food handling, contaminated and/or sterile equipment):        O

Other Evironmental:________________________________________________________________________________________