JOB DESCRIPTION: Makes physiological assessments and develops exercise programs which will build and improve upon the patient's level of physical fitness. Measures and analyzes body composition including body fat, lean muscle mass, tone, desirable weight, and other factors used to determine fitness level and establish fitness goals. Identifies measurable goals and objectives for the patient to reach through physical activity and exercise. Leads and instructs exercise classes for patients participating in exercise therapy; monitors BP before and after exercise. Adapts exercise programs for special populations and individual needs and limitations. Assists cardiology clinical staff with stress testing and adapting testing protocols for individuals with physical limitations. Develops and implements individual exercise programs in collaboration with other members of the health care team to aid in rehabilitation and prevention of cardiac disease. Participates in patient/client education on prevention and development of heart disease, exercise benefits, cardiac rehabilitation, and mentoring via INTERxVENT education program. Organizes and plans safe internal and external activities for clients. Participates in quarterly mock emergency drills. Responds appropriately during patient emergency situations; assists other ACLS prepared staff in responding to a client's hemodynamic induced symptoms along with emotional, physical, and psychological needs. Prepares exit exercise prescriptions for patients graduating to a home program or continuing in the maintenance program. Participates in patient care rounds and discusses client issues with case manager. Provides instruction in the proper use of exercise equipment ensures its safe operation to maximize the benefits. Maintains equipment and arranges for repairs or correction of malfunctions. Records and maintains documentation required by the department in accordance with established department policies. Compiles participant attendance and progress information daily for referring physicians. Updates computer and prepares hard copy of prescription as necessary. Supervises exercise interns working with the program; participates in education of medical interns, residents, and fellows; participates in educating ancillary disciplines (allied health) regarding prevention of cardiac disease and cardiac rehabilitation. Maintains an open channel of communication with INTERxVENT main office regarding educational materials, updating educational materials, ordering supplies, and/or questions about action plans and progress reports. Assists in writing policies and procedures for exercise programs and program activities. Performs other related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in exercise science or related field. Six months of related experience and/or training. Must have a minimum of BLS-C.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock, Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation, Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.