Physical Therapist - Per Diem

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital – Snoqualmie, WA

Position Summary:
Responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating physical therapy services for patients in concert with the total care plan. Provide quality care to attain patients optimal functional level.

Managerial/Supervisory Responsibilities:
None

Accountabilities/Essential Job Functions:

  • Assess the patients physical therapy needs:
  • Obtain a medical history, particularly as it is related to the present condition, from the patient, family, physician, team members and/or previous records.
  • Evaluate the patient in the following areas: ROM, muscle status, balance skills, coordination, functional activities, gait analysis, postural alignment, endurance, learning abilities and mental status.
  • Assess the facility environment to determine and make adaptations as needed for the ease and safety of care and the maximal independence of the patient.
  • Assess equipment needs in the facility and assist in obtaining same.
  • Evaluate the patients condition, family and home situation to determine what assistance will be available from family members in caring for the patient; determine if additional services or resources are needed. Assess equipment needs and medications for safety and progressive recovery at LLOC.
  • Instruct caregivers to special needs of the patient, including but not exclusive to positioning, transfers, and mobility function.
  • Develop an individualized therapy plan:
  • Utilize the assessment data to develop a care plan based on the problem-oriented record format: develop a written treatment plan, including objectives and methods of teaching and adjust information to patients current level of understanding: prepare and instruct PT approaches; adjust patient care plan as appropriate.
  • Interpret hospital and clinical services as the patient and family are involved in the development of a care plan.
  • Consult with appropriate disciplines and request their involvement in care, using their information and ideas to develop the plan.
  • Consult with physician and obtain consent to proceed with treatment plan.
  • Assure implementation of the therapy plan:
  • Provide physical therapy services and treatment consistent with POC, requiring specialized skill and ordered by the physician.
  • Provide physical therapy procedures and techniques which may include: muscle re-education, progressive muscle strengthening exercises, ROM, gait training, functional training, application of physical modalities, posture, breathing exercises, coordination and balance exercises. Modify treatment plan as indicated by patient condition progress.
  • Instruct caregivers and family for maximal function and safety in the home environment, including proper use of equipment, body mechanics and guarding techniques.
  • Instruct, supervise and counsel caregivers and family members in continuity of care management.
  • Make referrals to other disciplines as appropriate.
  • Provide written feedback to referral source as appropriate
  • Maintain appropriate and timely documentation to patient progress.
  • Administer planned an informal learning experiences for the patient, delegating appropriate reinforcement to other team members.
  • Maintain responsibility for the care given by the Physical Therapy Assistants/PT Aide
  • Assume or share responsibility with other team members for care given by Rehab Aide.
  • Communicate patient care and progress in case conferences
  • Chart therapy services rendered using the SOAP note.
  • Record units according to rehab department procedure.
  • Evaluate the therapy plan:
  • Review the written plan and its effect on patient care and make appropriate modifications at least every 30 days.
  • Obtain feedback from the other team members regarding the plans effectiveness.
  • Explore with the staff, patient and /or family, progress in care.
  • Consult with the attending physician concerning alteration of the therapy plan.
  • Review patients record in appropriate utilization review setting
  • Meet as needed with the Rehabilitation Manager regarding patient care problems and how these may be resolved.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Participates in CE programs to insure continued professional development; shares knowledge and technical skills with other department members.
  • Participates in department program development projects as directed
  • Attends and participates in professional staff meetings and in-services.
  • Performs other duties as required

  • Qualifications

    Education/Training: Masters or bachelors degree or a graduate of an accredited physical therapy school as approved by the American Physical Therapy Association in collaboration with the Council on Medical Education or the American Medical Association.

    License/Certification: Current license to practice physical therapy in Washington State.

    Skills: Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills.

    Physical and Mental Demands: Ability to safely lift 25 lbs.

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