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Physical Therapist Assistant

Methodist Health System Fremont, NE
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  • Purpose of Job
    • Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work as part of a team to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs implement selected components of patient/client interventions (treatment), obtain data related to the interventions provided, and make modifications of selected interventions either to progress the patient/client as directed by the physical therapist or to ensure patient/client safety and comfort.
  • Job Requirements
    • Education
      • Successful completion of a Physical Therapy Associate’s degree from a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited program required.

    • License/Certifications
      • Nebraska Physical Therapy Assistant License in good standing required.
      • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) strongly preferred at time of hire, required within 3 months of hire.

    • Experience
      • 3 years of experience preferred.
      • Experience in acute care and outpatients settings preferred.
      • Electronic Medical Record entry experience preferred

    • Skills
      • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
      • Thorough knowledge of physical therapy assistant principles and practices.
      • Basic computer knowledge, including proficiency with Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook).
      • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Physical Requirements
    • Physical
      • Frequently stand/walk.
      • Occasional Stair Climbing.
      • Frequently lift/handle/carry moderate weight (20 to 50 lbs.).
      • Frequent hand use.
      • Frequent grasping, forceful gripping, pinching.
      • Ability to safely operate mechanical lifts and transfer devices.
      • Ability to manipulate various tools requiring adequate eye/hand and fine motor coordination.
      • Occasional squatting and stooping.

    • Environmental
      • In inpatient and outpatient settings, indoor environment with frequent exposure to mild discomfort from dust, fumes, temperature, and noise.
      • In home health care settings, frequent exposure to extreme conditions, temperature, dust, fumes, pets, vermin, and other environmental factors in patient’s home.

    • Hazards
      • Occupational Safeety and Health Administration (OSHA) Category 1: Tasks that involve exposure to blood, body fluids, tissues, and other potentially infectious materials.
  • Essential Job Functions
    • Essential Functions I
       

      • Provides physical therapy treatment as outlined in the Plan of Care (POC) created by the Physical Therapist to ensure accurate and consistent replication of the treatment program.
        • Carries out treatments according to supervising therapist's plan.

           
        • Demonstrates critical thinking skills, by recognizing treatment program needs and/or contraindications and communicates these with supervising Therapist.

           
        • Obtains approval from the supervisory Therapist to change treatment and progress patients to ensure proper progression of treatment and facilitate appropriate level of care.

           
        • Follows state guidelines regarding frequency of visits and reporting to the supervising Therapist of the patient's condition, responses and reactions to prescribed treatment.

           
        • Provides patient and family education to facilitate patient rehabilitation.
        • Utilizes the services of interpreters, child-life specialists, etc. to assist with instruction as needed or requested.

           
        • Coordinates treatments with interdisciplinary services as needed.



           

      • Patient documentation is thorough and timely, enhancing communication and ensuring completion of Medical Record.
        • All documentation is completed within time frame according to policy.

           
        • Documentation includes all requirements. (Surgeries, Signatures, Allergies, etc.)

           
        • Documentation accurately reflects services provided, patient response and progress.

           
        • Documentation format and content are consistent with departmental dictation guides.




           

      • Patient billing is appropriate and accurately reflects the services provided for each therapy session.
        • Indicates start/stop time of treatment, the number of minutes provided for each service rendered, and appropriately bills patient from this documentation.




           

      • Demonstrates commitment to personal growth and clinical excellence.
        • Attends all departmental meetings whenever possible.

           
        • Attends all mandatory in-services.
        • Attends a minimum of 1 continuing education course per year.
        • Presents a staff in-service within 1 month of attendance of continuing education course.




           

      • Assists with program development, including general department programs, to assist with the development of marketing strategies and provide input to the Coordinators of these programs.
        • Participates in program development and work teams as needed.

           
        • Participates in community education through speaking engagements, covering health fairs or other events as needed.
        • Participates and assists with marketing strategies as needed.




           

      • Demonstrates responsibility with all job related duties.
        • Takes accountability to cover all assigned shifts.

           
        • Accepts responsibility for actions and consequences.

      • Attitude and communication approach reflects the core values of the Rehab department.
        • Listens carefully, checks on understanding before responding and accepts and offers feedback.

           
        • Proactively seeks solutions to challenges within the work environment.

           
        • Adapts, without difficulty, to changes in assignment and environment.




           

      • Participates in the clinical instruction of students, to facilitate their education and promote the profession and department.
        • Provides supervision and guidance appropriate for each student, to ensure appropriate treatment of patients as well as educational outcome of the student.

           
        • Complies with school/department requirements for supervision/feedback.

      • Provides appropriate care specific to the age of the patient, to ensure understanding and comfort level of treatment, as outlined in the department specific “Age-Specific Competency Checklist”.
        • Standard as outlined in the Age Specific Criteria.

    • Essential Functions II
       

      • Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.

      • Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Living our Values and company policies/procedures.

      • Other duties as assigned.




























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Date Posted September 25, 2022
Date Closes November 24, 2022
Requisition 24661
Located In Fremont, NE
SOC Category 00-0000.00
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