JOB DESCRIPTION: Provides comprehensive evaluations and testing, physical therapy treatments and education to seriously ill patients or those having complex medical problems and families which are consistent with patient's individualized needs and carried out within an interdisciplinary environment. Assists in supervising staff and students and in developing in-service training programs for continuing staff development. Participates in routine evaluations of quality assurance activities and consistency with established standards for patient care. Provides guidance and instruction on an ongoing basis to ensure efficient operations and supervises students and support staff. Communicates regularly with members of the patient care team, the patient, family members and others involved with the patient's care. Assess and assists the staff in assessing complex patients and problems. Maybe expected to assist the department in performing peer reviews. Instructs and trains patient and family regarding pertinent aspects of the patient's care. Offers the patient increased knowledge and skill within an identified area of expertise. Plans, develops and implements a result-oriented treatment plan responsive to the individualized needs of the patient and includes clear, measurable goals. Modifies the treatment plan according to the patient's responses. Provides direct patient care; performs specialized treatments according to the patient's individualized plan of care. Collaborates with other members of the patient care team and uses community resources to plan for the continued care, support and follow-up of the patient after discharge. Recommends and procures appropriate equipment. Provides consultation and direct assistance to staff and physicians in the management of patients. Conducts in-service programs, provides other staff with training in area of expertise and serves as a clinical instructor to students. Assists in providing consultation related to clinical management to professional community and community at large. Responds to requests for professional information or advice and refers more complex matters to the appropriate staff. Assists the department in maintaining a clear and accurate interdisciplinary and interdepartmental information flow. Participates in committees addressing patient care related matters or other committees as requested by the department. May support and participate in research activities as requested.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from physical therapy school accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Licensure as a Physical Therapist in the state of Georgia. One year of experience as a physical therapist. BLS and Healthcare Provider certifications required.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: (Medium-Heavy) 36-75 lbs, 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 20-35 lbs, 34-66% of the workday; (frequently); 10-20 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 75 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 35 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.