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Physical Therapist - Pediatric

Company: Christus Health
Location: Alexandria
Posted on: October 12, 2019

Job Description:

Description

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Physical Therapist has the responsibility and accountability for assessing, planning, evaluating and implementing care for pediatric patients referred for outpatient developmental physical therapy. Physical Therapist is responsible for adhering to all standards of Physical Therapy Practice Act as they apply to providing therapy care, supplies, equipment and education for the pediatric patient population.

According to department's Scope of Practice, this position requires providing services to the pediatric population as defined by ages 0-18 years of age, in a manner that demonstrates an understanding of the functional/developmental age of the individuals served, and clear knowledge of typical versus atypical development.

CORE COMPETENCIES:

Customer Focus -- Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.

Communicates Effectively -- Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.

Decision Quality -- Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.

Collaborates -- Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.

Nimble Learning -- Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.

Demonstrates Self-Awareness -- Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.

Goals -- Completes quarterly goals

Delivering the Mission - Performs duties as defined in this job description and demonstrates mastery of role.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:


  • ASSESSES THE PHYSICAL, DEVELOPMENTAL, PSYCHO-SOCIAL, SPIRITUAL, CULTURAL, FUNCTIONAL, HIGH RISK AND DISCHARGE NEEDS OF THE PATIENT AND FAMILY.



    • Completes and documents initial assessment/care within required time frames.
    • Performs, reassessments/care at intervals as required or appropriate to the patient's needs.
    • Ensures physical assessment/care includes all major developmental functions.
    • Ensures spiritual assessment/care includes actual/expressed needs.
    • Incorporates cultural and ethnic factors into assessment/care.
    • Establishes long and short term goals.
    • Timely reporting of weekly progress in interdisciplinary staffing and outcome measures.
    • Establishes presence of consent/order prior to treatment/procedure.






      • DEMONSTRATES THE ABILITY TO ACCURATELY ACCESS AND DOCUMENT STAFFING, PATIENT CARE ACTIVITIES AND HOSPITAL PROCESSES.



        • Uses computer system(s) appropriately.
        • Documents in the medical record according to policy/procedure.
        • Establishes presence of consent/order prior to treatment/procedure
        • Documents daily and monthly progress notes.
        • Turns in daily charge sheet within 24 hours after treatment.
        • Submits Patient Care Log-Timesheet timely on biweekly basis.
        • Completes documentation of outcomes within 7 days after admit and 7days after discharge.






          • OBTAINS KNOWLEDGE OF, AND DEMONSTRATES COMPLIANCE WITH INFECTION CONTROL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.



            • Practices Standard Precautions in patient care activities.
            • Practices appropriate disease specific isolation as required.
            • Demonstrates good hand washing
            • Complies with the fingernail policy
            • Wears PPE when applicable.






              • PROVIDES FOR THE EDUCATION/TRAINING OF THE PATIENT/FAMILY



                • Identifies and documents patient/family educational needs upon initial assessment and thereafter.
                • Identifies barriers to learning.
                • Provides and documents teaching based on identified needs.
                • Teaches at a level of understanding related to the patient/family member's level of education
                • Evaluates the effectiveness of instruction provided.
                • Assessment and teaching incorporates cultural and ethnic factors.
                • Assessment and teaching incorporates functional needs.



                  • OVERSEES PATIENT CARE ON BASIS OF PATIENT CLASSIFICATION AND STAFF EXPERTISE TO ENSURE QUALITY OF CARE.



                    • Initiates a developmentally appropriate assessment process with patient and family upon assignment within a prompt, efficient timeframe.
                    • Demonstrates empathetic and positive attitude when working with patients.
                    • Conducts chart audits for accuracy and adequate documentation as directed.
                    • Visits and interviews patient and communicates with families when present or necessary.
                    • Re-evaluates and modifies the plan of care, based on the patient's response to the interventions and reporting timeframes.
                    • Ensures proper orientation of new therapy associates.
                    • Ensures competencies and licensure are current.
                    • Takes appropriate action to address patient needs and issues as they arise during the course of care.
                    • Demonstrates sound clinical judgment in decision-making regarding patient care.






                      • PROVIDES FOR THE PLAN FOR THERAPY CARE INTO THE INTERDISCIPLINARY CARE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE PATIENT/FAMILY.



                        • Communicates effectively with associates, physicians and allied health team.
                        • Coordinates therapy care with other disciplines involved.
                        • Involves other health team members, as necessary.
                        • Actively participates in 50% of departmental in-services and meets with manager for information missed in other meetings as documented on sign in sheet.






                          • ASSURES THE RIGHTS OF THE PATIENT/FAMILY ARE RESPECTED AND MAINTAINED.



                            • Allows for privacy and modesty in the provision of care.
                            • Identifies self by name and title to patient/family.
                            • Reports suspected cases of abuse/neglect, if identified.
                            • Understands role of, and how to access, the Ethics Committee.



                              • DEMONSTRATES KNOWLEDGE OF DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AND THE ABILITY TO SAFELY AND COMPETENTLY USE DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC PATIENT CARE EQUIPMENT IN THE DELIVERY OF QUALITY PATIENT CARE.



                                • Completes Department Specific Annual Competency Checklist(s)
                                • Obtains necessary training prior to initial equipment use.
                                • Assures equipment is in operating order prior to use.
                                • Differentiates between patient complications and equipment malfunction.
                                • Uses medical equipment in accordance with manufacturer's operating guidelines.
                                • Participates in Performance Improvement Process.




                                  Requirements

                                  Requirements:



                                  • Master's degree preferred
                                  • English required, bilingual preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proficient understanding of typical versus atypical child development



                                    • Pediatric experience preferred



                                      • Current Louisiana PT License. Current BLS Card.



Keywords: Christus Health, Alexandria , Physical Therapist - Pediatric, Healthcare , Alexandria, Louisiana

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