posted: October 15, 2014
POSITION TITLE: Physical Therapist
DEPARTMENT: Health and Wellness Center
SUPERVISOR: Rehabilitation Services Supervisor
Under general supervision of the Rehabilitation Services Supervisor, provides direct patient care to individuals with physical disabilities and/or functional limitations in clinic, inpatient, outpatient, and outreach programs. Provides services to promote rehabilitation and maximal levels of function and independence. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Plans therapy programs, directs and assists patients in exercises and use of wheelchairs and other devices, and evaluates patient progress.
Evaluates and assesses the patient's abilities and limitations.
Establishes plan of treatment and goals based on the referral and evaluation of functional skills that may or may not include; joint mobility; gait; developmental reflexes; muscle strength, tone, and coordination; sensation tests; specific extremity and spinal segmental motion; biomechanical analysis of functional activities; orthotic analysis (if trained); ergonomic analysis; and other relevant assessments.
Educates patients and families in appropriate physical therapy methods.
Leads the work of and serves as a resource for Physical Therapist Assistants.
Administers appropriate physical agents given physicians' protocols, patients' medical histories, and therapist's knowledge of indications and contra-indications, including electrotherapy, sound energy, heat/cold therapy, hydrotherapy, and JOBST compression.
Directs and aids patients when appropriate, in active and passive exercises, muscle reeducation, and gait and functional training, utilizing pulleys and weights, steps, and inclined surfaces.
Performs manual therapy techniques, including soft tissue mobilization, extremity and joint mobilization, myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy.
Performs therapeutic exercise, with and without equipment.
Adapts conventional physical therapy techniques to meet the needs of patients unable to comprehend verbal commands or voluntarily carry out a regime of therapeutic exercises; educates parents and family members.
Evaluates, records, and reports on patients' progress for review by other members of the patient care team.
Shares new information with staff on treatment techniques through in-service teaching and timely verbal communication.
Provides ergonomic consultations and recommendations to patients, facility staff, and other facilities.
Provides community education on various topics including ergonomics, back care, arthritis, and other related physical therapy topics.
Participates in patient care conferences for quality patient care.
Maintains a good communication with co-workers and maintains a positive and professional work environment.
Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research, attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
Ensures strict confidentiality of employee records.
Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
Performs other duties as required.
Bachelors, Master's, or Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited university and one year experience in physical therapy patient care preferably in a hospital or clinic environment. Must be licensed by the State of Wisconsin. Must successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen, tuberculosis screening, and background investigation.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
Knowledge of physical therapy theory and practice.
Knowledge of patient evaluation and plan of care procedures.
Knowledge of accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and/or kinesiology.
Knowledge of the administration, indications and contra-indications of various physical agents and physical therapy techniques.
Knowledge of clinical operations and procedures.
Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of related therapy facilities and equipment.
Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
Ability to effectively communicate medical information, test results, diagnoses and/or proposed treatment in a manner easily understood by the client.
Ability to gather and analyze statistical data and generate reports.
Ability to safely lift, and physically manipulate patients.
Ability to instruct physical therapy patients in the use of facilities and equipment.
Ability to communicate effectively in the English language, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate individual patient care programs.
Ability to monitor and/or maintain quality control standards.
Ability to plan, develop and implement physical therapy programs.
Ability to perform diagnostic tests and evaluations for physical therapy patients.
Ability to interpret, adapt, and apply guidelines and procedures.
Skill in performing a range of manual physical therapy techniques for patients.
Skill in preparing and maintaining patient records.
Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, and presentation software (such as PowerPoint).
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk in tight aisles. The employee occasionally is required to sit; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 150 pounds.
Work is generally performed in a climate controlled setting with a low to moderate noise level. Exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and to blood borne pathogens. Exposure to latex products on a routine basis. Extended hours and irregular shifts may be required. Travel may be required.
*Must have a valid Wisconsin Driver's license and be authorized as eligible for coverage under the Tribe's Insurance prior to an actual start date. *Must maintain a valid Wisconsin Driver's license as a condition of employment. *Must pass a background check, which will be performed on all applicants. *Must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening.
As authorized by Federal Law, the Forest County Potawatomi Community reserves the right to exercise preference in hiring for qualified Tribal members/Indians in connection with all job openings.
CLOSING: Until Filled