The Physical Therapist I/II / Advanced Physical Therapist I/II position serves to provide quality physical therapy services to a predominately Native American population for the treatment or prevention of physical disability or disease. Responsible for management and implementation of Physical Therapy program; provision of physical therapy evaluation and treatment of outpatients, ages ranging from birth through geriatric; provision of specialty services such as wound care, assistive technology/adaptive equipment evaluation/treatment; assumes direction and development of the physical therapy section to include continuing quality improvement, risk management and safety, physical therapy policies and procedures; JCAHO preparation, staff education, reporting, staff meeting and in-service, and other duties. Responsibilities also include that listed on the Medical Staff Credentialing Core Privileges form.
- Incumbent performs professional work requiring the application of knowledge in the concepts, principles and practices of Physical Therapy for the treatment or prevention of physical disability or disease for patient care.
- Incumbent is responsible for a high degree of professional competence, skill and judgment in assessment, planning and carrying out the full range of treatment modalities, patient education and discharge planning of a variety of outpatient situations. Treatment objectives are complex, and procedures involve application of highly specialized skills and knowledge.
- Provides consultation to medical or clinical staff on matters pertaining to physical therapy and/or patient progress. Incumbent exercises tact, good judgment and persuasiveness when dealing with these individuals.
- Provides and assures quality patient care.
- Participates in clinical research efforts and assists in specialty clinics.
- Assists the supervisor and staff in all aspects of Physical Therapy Services and administrative tasks as assigned.
- Responsible for electronic health records data entry pertinent to patient service role prior to duties as assigned or where it is appropriate to place.
- Ensure proper PPE is always worn while on duty including but not limited to, face mask, gloves, gown, isolation gown, NIOSH-approved N95 filtering facepiece respirator or higher, if available), and eye or face shield.
- Complete all donning and doffing tasks in a safe acceptable method and discard of used PPE accordingly. (see CDC website for most current updates)
- Complete task training for all routine cleaning and decontamination processes for all surfaces contaminated by a communicable disease to ensure a high level of patient, visitor, employee and external customer satisfaction.
- Advanced Physical Therapist II – provide patient care within specialty scope of practice according to board certification.
Education (Physical Therapist I/II & Advanced Physical Therapist I/II):
- Maintains and/or obtains training, certification, or continuing education requirements for licensure and/or other specialties. Provides information to staff.
- Assists with direction and coordination of educational programs; assists with training and in-service in physical therapy techniques for physical rehabilitation technicians, students, volunteers, and hospital/clinic staff.
- Counsels patients, family members, and care providers on all patient education, safely and effectively, of material pertaining to plan of care/ therapeutic intervention.
- Advanced Physical Therapist II – maintain all requirements and implement for patient care for specialty scope of practice according to board certification.
Performance Improvement (Physical Therapist I/II & Advanced Physical Therapist I/II):
- Identifies and reports any departmental issues pertaining to patient care, process flow, provider interaction, supplies, and other issues that create inefficiencies or dissatisfaction. Identifies area for improvement to reduce the risk of patient care injury and to enhance departmental operations.
- Evaluates clinical skills as needed to enhance patient care and department operations.
- Maintains recommendations upon identifying area needing of improvement. Re-evaluate needs for further improvement.
- Participates in hospital/clinic committee as a representative for physical rehabilitation services. Provides and receives information for departmental improvement, disseminates information and offers implementation at the department level.
- Participates and continues with professional association, continuing education, workshops, networking and collaboration to maintain knowledge of physical therapy practice.
- Other duties as assigned (clinical, education, performance improvement).
Must be able to evaluate, analyze, and address a broad, complex range of problems typically found in a busy physical therapy clinic. Mastery of physical therapy principles, theories, concepts and clinical skills in all areas in order to provide consultation, advice, direction and assistance to patients, families, and other health care providers. To formulate appropriate patient treatment plan(s); incorporate into practice the departmental policies, procedures and guidelines. Excellent interpersonal skills expressed effectively and compassionately with patients, family members, medical staff and other community members to handle complaints, settle disputes, conflict resolution, and/or negotiating with others. Strong verbal communication skills as well as report writing skills; Ability to provide compassionate and professional health care.
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFORT
The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work requires prolonged walking; standing; sitting; talking or hearing; reaching with hands and arms; and, using hands to finger, handle, or feel. Agility and the ability to lift, and pull/push more than 100 pounds are required to move patients to and from beds. Also requires the ability to lift or force be exerted on equipment and supplies of up to 50lbs. Must be able to handle considerable lifting, pushing, pulling and performance of therapeutic exercise programs for minimally to severally physical impaired patients. Must be able to at times stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, taste, or smell. This position has vision requirements consisting of close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus when needed. Must be able to hear alarms on equipment; hear client calls; hear instructions from physicians/department staff; and, hear overhead pages on a loudspeaker. The incumbent must be able to do prolonged repetitive motion actions in both hands grasping simple/light; fine dexterity, and, occasionally repetitive motion actions of both hands in grasping firm/heavy. There may be occasional need for repetitive motion actions of both feet.
Must be able to work with a high degree of independence in judgment, planning and carrying out complex treatment objectives based upon their professional knowledge and experience plus exercises tact, good judgment and persuasiveness with patients, management and providers. Work in a fast-paced environment with allotted time of patient care appointments in various clinical settings.
This job requires exposure to occasional environmental conditions of working near moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles. The typical noise level for the work environment is moderate.
The Physical Therapist I/II / Advanced Physical Therapist I/II is a clinical provider and a member of the TCRHCC Medical Staff and practices under its authority. The incumbent serves to provide quality patient care by promoting healing, quality of life, and to facilitate functional gains to the patient population and community; promoting safe, physical independence. The incumbent is responsible for incorporating evidence-based practice to maximize rehabilitation potential and reduce the risk of injury or harm for all patient populations and various diagnoses.
TCRHCC is located within the Navajo Nation and, in accordance with Navajo Nation law, has implemented a Navajo/Indian Preference in Employment Policy. Pursuant to this Policy, applicants who are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation and who meet the necessary qualifications for this position will be given preference in hiring and employment for this position and applicants who are enrolled members of any other tribe who meet the necessary qualifications will be given secondary preference.
In performance of their respective tasks and duties, all employees at TCRHCC are expected to conform to the following:
- Adhere to all professional and ethical behavior standards of the healthcare industry.
- Interact in an honest, trustworthy and dependable manner with patients, employees and vendors.
- Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity.
All employees must fully uphold all principles of confidentiality and patient care. This position has access to sensitive information and a breach of these principles may be grounds for immediate termination.
I have read the qualifications and requirements for the position of Physical Therapist I/II – Advanced Physical Therapist I/II. To the best of my knowledge, I believe I can perform these duties.
Education (Physical Therapist I/II & Advanced Physical Therapist I/II):
Bachelors’ Degree from CAPTE accredited school of Physical Therapy
Licensure (Physical Therapist I/II & Advanced Physical Therapist I/II):
Must possess a valid, current, full and unrestricted license in any state within the United States, District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Must meet all requirements and undergo the credential process by TCRHCC to serve on the Medical Staff.
Physical Therapist I
Physical Therapist II
- A minimum of one (1) year experience as a licensed Physical Therapist
Advanced Physical Therapist I
- A minimum of four (4) years’ experience as a licensed Physical Therapist
Advanced Physical Therapist II
- A minimum of five (5) years’ experience as a licensed Physical Therapist and/or
- APTA Board Certification Specialist as a licensed Physical Therapist
If the applicant is hired in a lower tier, he/she will have the opportunity to advance to the next higher tier based upon experience. For example: Physical Therapist II move to Advanced Physical Therapist I. Eligibility for Advanced Physical Therapist I/II is determined by completion of required credentialing, licensing, and experience qualifications. Experience and criteria will be evaluated by the Director of Physical Rehabilitation Services to determine and approve the tier the applicant will be placed.
Other Skills and Abilities:
A record of satisfactory performance in all prior and current employment as evidenced by positive employment references from previous and current employers. All employment references must address and indicate success in each one of the following areas:
- Positive working relationships with others
- Possession of high ethical standards and no history of complaints
- Reliable and dependable; reports to work as scheduled without excessive absences
- Proficient with the Microsoft Suite applications – Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Access
- Strong interpersonal skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Solid analytical, creative and problem-solving abilities; ability to assist, direct and coordinate with others
- Ability to work in an organized, efficient manner with a high-level of accuracy, attention to detail and timely follow-through
- Possess expertise in communication, interpersonal, organizational leadership and team building skills
- Time management skills and the ability to consistently meet deadlines, while maintaining work quality
- Must have the ability to multi-task and handle a hectic work environment effectively
- Aware of the impact of job duties pertaining to the overall quality of patient care and safety and efficiency of the clinic
- Must have and maintain a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification by the American Heart Association during employment at TCRHCC
Other Skills and Abilities:
Clinical Specialist Certification by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties- primarily in Orthopedics and/or Wound Care