Physical Therapy Assistant

Provides directed physical therapy treatment under the supervision of a physical therapist. Participates in rehab department PI, department meetings and hospital wide activities to promote staff development and patient safety.

Assist with the development of department strategic goals that assist with the achievement of Northern Light Health's mission and vision.
Responsibilities:

Follows a physical therapy treatment plan of short term and long-term goals as set by the physical therapist to assist patients to meet their maximum level of independence.
Demonstrates competence in timely completion of all documentation requirements.
Reviews treatment effectiveness with supervising therapist as needed and required by licensing agencies.
Adheres to clinical documentation requirements in a manner that ensures continuity of care and accurately reflects patient's function, progress toward goals and justifies intervention worthy of reimbursement.
Completes discharge documentation in a timely manner.
Collaborates with the patient and family throughout treatment to enhance the outcome and determine the effectiveness of the prescribed treatment.
Consistently educates the patient and family throughout the treatment process to enhance their understanding and ability to participate in the prescribed treatment.
Maintains open communication regarding patient's status (verbal and written) with the referral source as necessary.
Able to respond appropriately to all hospital codes.
Demonstrates correct technique and proper use of equipment.
Assists with the maintenance of a safe and clean environment.
Is competent in completing work requisition forms and/or reports repair needs to the department manager per policy.
Participates as an active member of the department PI program and its initiatives.
Recognizes, responds to, and reports conditions that require an improvement in performance and/or process.
Attends and actively participates in monthly staff meetings.
Actively participates in the department's student program and serves as a professional mentor.
Constantly seeks and avails self to learning opportunities that promote clinical competence and professional growth.
As requested, participates in hospital wide committees and activities and positively represents the department.
Ensures clinical compliance with mandatory in-services, licensing renewals, BLS for Healthcare Providers renewals and compliance with policies and procedures.
Promotes positive, collaborative and cooperative inter and intra departmental working relations.
Demonstrates initiative and independence when performing non-assisted duties.
Consistently demonstrates flexibility and is willing to accommodate schedule to meet the needs of the department.
Supports change within the institution and department.
Willingly accepts assignments beyond defined job functions and produces positive results.
Demonstrates an understanding of the department's strategic plan and conducts themselves in a fiscally responsible manner.
Is competent in requesting and ordering necessary supplies, support materials and patient equipment needs.
Actively participates in promoting department growth and meeting administrative requirements of the hospital and department.
Completes daily patient charges and billing procedures that accurately reflect services provided.
Continually strives to keep abreast of insurance requirements.
Maintains open lines of communication with manager and department staff to ensure achievement of common goals.
Recognizes and successfully intervenes and/or seeks appropriate assistance when faced with difficult situations which interfere with positive department outcomes.

Credentials

Required Physical Therapy Assistant

Education

Required associate degree

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