The Ralph H Johnson VAMC is currently recruiting for Physical Therapy Assistants. The Physical Therapist Assistant (Clinical/Licensed) works under the supervision of a physical therapist to provide services that promote the prevention, remediation and rehabilitation of acute and chronic physical dysfunction. The PTA participates with the physical therapist in planning and implementing complex treatment programs and applies physical therapy procedures to patients under the general supervision of a physical therapist. The incumbent works with a high degree of independence in planning, carrying out treatment procedures, and changing or modifying the content of treatment plans. The PTA's duties include a wide variety of specialized treatments of a complex nature to a full range of patients in any of the designated service areas within the Medical Rehabilitation Service Line. The primary setting for this position is outpatient but could require occasional coverage in acute inpatient, acute rehab, sub-acute rehab, tele rehab, and home based. Duties to include but not limited to: Participates with the Physical Therapist in the planning and implementing of treatment programs for patients with a variety of diagnoses. Implements a physical therapy treatment program for assigned patients who may range in age from young through older adults. Will primarily work in the outpatient setting at the uptown or downtown clinics. This position falls under the direct supervision of the Physical Therapist Department Supervisor in the Rehabilitation Service. Exhibits the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate sensitivity to the special needs of all patients in respect to age, developmental requirements, and culturally related factors. Works under the direct supervision of a Physical Therapist. Provides physical therapy services as specified in the physical therapy plan of care. Adapts and modifies treatment programs in response to the patient feedback to care; accepts input from the treating Physical Therapist to better meet the short- and long-term goals established in the physical therapy plan of care. Confers with supervising Physical Therapist on an ongoing basis regarding each assigned patient's progress or lack of progress toward meeting the established goals. Recognizes adverse reaction to treatment, significantly altered physical or mental status of patients, and immediately reports to supervising PT and appropriate medical authority. With guidance from the supervising Physical Therapist, develops appropriate home program for patient, as needed, prior to discharge. Keeps up-to-date with current trends in the practice of physical therapy in general and medical rehabilitation in particular and uses such in updating/upgrading the program of medical rehabilitation at this medical center. Documents treatment provided and patient response, patient's current status, patient progress toward goals, and patient/family education in the patient's medical record within established guidelines. Assists in collection of information appropriate for the discharge summary. Documentation is thorough and timely. Participates in team conferences, rounds, discharge planning meetings, specialty clinics, other assigned medical meetings, physical therapy and in-services and meetings as directed. Consults with Physical Therapists, Physicians, other Therapists and medical personnel, patients, family and/or caregivers to maximize benefit of the therapy program. Manages time effectively to include scheduling patients and allowing for unforeseen incidents or interruptions in planned programs. Is flexible in treatment program; easily adapts to share in overall section treatment program, as needed by assisting in coverage of absent staff members to insure continuity of quality patient care. Work Schedule: Various shifts available Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599507500
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