Responsible for the evaluation, re-evaluation, development, and implementation of a plan of care in accordance with the departmental policies and procedures and preferred practice patterns for patients with a variety of orthopedic and sports related injuries, disorders, and conditions. Conduct daily interacts with all staff, patients, and families in accordance with NCHS Values & Guiding Behaviors.
Job Specific Duties
Participates in interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary meetings and other related meetings that pertain to the care of specific patients.
Maintains and documents productivity standards set by leaders.
Records daily patient documentation, statistics, and charges accurately and in a timely manner as determined by meeting departmental standards.
Ensures documentation reflects evidence based practices.
Accountable to improve access to care for the patients we serve.
Conducts and interprets evaluations based on patient's medical concerns, developmental age, diagnosis, and prognosis. Provides recommendations based on findings.
Maintains active and supportive communication with the patient, caregiver(s), and others regarding progress, problems, home programs, and other issues related to the therapeutic process.
Develops a plan of care outlining area of deficit, activity restrictions, context and assistance needed, and ensures functional, realistic, and measurable treatment goals and/or status of ongoing goals.
Recommends and provides treatments based upon medical, clinical, functional, and observational findings.
Initiates, documents, and prepares the patient/family for discharge at the time of the evaluation based on maximum potential or benefit of therapy is reached.
Follows TRAAC and initiates, documents & prepares the patient/family for discharge at the time of the evaluation based on maximum potential and/or when benefit of therapy is reached.
Provides proof of at least 1 in-service specific to evidenced-based practices/literature review.
Provides proof of at least 1 peer review (case study presentation) incorporating evidenced-based practices into their treatment plan.
Maintains ongoing CEUs to maintain professional licensure and clinical excellence.
Minimum Job Requirements
Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy program
Physical Therapist State of Florida licensure - maintain active and in good standing throughout employment (OR) a Temporary Florida Professional Physical Therapist license Permit/License that must be attained within 6 months after graduation date and works under the direct supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist for the duration of the temporary permit/license.
American Heart Association BLS - maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
Level II finger printing background and Good Moral Character Affidavit must be initiated within 15 days of hire date and finalized within 90 days of hire date
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Masters or Doctoral degree preferred.
APTA and FPTA memberships preferred.
Pediatric and/or orthopedic/sports medicine experience preferred.
1-3 years of experience in orthopedics or sports medicine with a minimum of 1 of those years with the adolescent and/or teenage population preferred.
Ability to appropriately interact with patients, parents/guardians, and healthcare professionals in all work related situations.
Current in standards of practice in youth orthopedics and sports medicine.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Able to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information in accordance with HIPAA regulations.
Ability to problem-solve to formulate a plan of care and evaluate the patient's response to care.
Ability to interpret, adapt, and react calmly under stressful conditions.
Able to relate cooperatively and constructively with patients, families, and rehabilitation professionals.
Nicklaus Children’s Health System, is the region’s only healthcare system exclusively for children. In addition to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and a growing number of outpatient centers located throughout the tri-county area, the health system includes Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm; Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists, a nonprofit physician practice subsidiary; a management services organization, and an ambulatory surgery center. Our vision is to be where the children are. Ultimately, this means being there through all stages of health and life, both physically and emotionally. To be a trusted partner to children and their families, not only in times of illness, but throughout their life journey. Our mission is to inspire hope and promote lifelong health by providing the best care to every child.