The staff physical therapist is responsible for patient examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic intervention. The staff physical therapist practices within the scope of the profession of Physical Therapy for adult and pediatric patients. In addition, the staff physical therapist is expected to contribute to department functioning and support the mission and objectives of the hospital.
Examines patients/clients - obtains history, performs a systems review, and selects and administers discipline- and age-specific tests and measures to obtain data
Evaluates patients/clients - makes clinical judgments based on data gathered during the examination
Develops patient/client diagnoses or problem lists (cluster of signs and symptoms)
Develops patient/client prognoses (optimal level of improvement and time needed to achieve it)
Develops and implements patient/client interventions, including delegating and supervising support staff
Provides patient and family education and training
Completes required patient care documentation and communication
Formulates and implements patients discharge plans in collaboration with others
Collaborates with hospital departments and community agencies to deliver coordinated care.
Provides clinical supervision of part-time students
Maintains a safe and orderly work environment
Facilitates orderly department functioning
Participates in appropriate rehabilitation department and hospital meetings
Participates in interdisciplinary task forces and committees
Participates in Performance Improvement activities
Contributes to program development
Participates in hospital and department provided in-services and community education
Participates in development and education of colleagues
Promotes a greater understanding of rehabilitation and of Physical Therapy in the hospital and community
Assumes responsibility for own professional growth and development in clinical practice, regulatory and fiscal issues
Is aware of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (eg. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of department or hospital administrative staff.
Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.
Meets educational requirements as necessary for obtaining professional license in Physical Therapy
Previous experience working as a physical therapist preferred
Must be licensed by, or have applied for a license to practice Physical Therapy from the Iowa Department of Public Health
Must have basic knowledge and skills in the theory and practice of Physical Therapy
Basic computer knowledge and skills