PHYSICAL THERAPY ASST - Per Diem

PT/OT/Speech Therapy Fitchburg, Massachusetts


Description

Position at UMass Memorial Health - HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital

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At UMass Memorial Health Care, Everyone is a Caregiver regardless of title. Exceptional patient care, academic excellence and leading-edge research make UMass Memorial the premier health care system of Central and Western Massachusetts, and a place where we can help you build the career you deserve. We are more than 14,000 employees, working together as one health care system. And everyone, in their own unique way, plays an important part, everyday.

Requisition #: 214728
Title: Physical Therapy Asst
Department:  Physical Therapy
Location: UMass Memorial Medical Center
Grade: TEC8
Posting Date:  06/04/2021
Shift:  Day Shift 
Status: Non-Exempt
Union: SEIU
Hours:  Per Diem 
Shift Length:  8 

HealthAlliance Hospital is part of the UMass Memorial Heath Care system.  We’re committed to improving the health of people in our community through excellence in care and comprehensive health services.  Promoting healthy lifestyle habits, we serve as a role model by having a tobacco and smoke free campus and hiring nicotine free employees.  By exploring careers with us, you are committed to giving your best to our patients, our community and everyone working on our HealthAlliance Care Team. Whatever your career choice, know that at HealthAlliance Hospital you can make a difference.


GENERAL SUMMARY:

The Physical Therapy Assistant assists physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist.

 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Job duties specific to this position:

  • Under the direction of a Physical Therapist, instructs, motivates, safeguards and assists patients as they practice exercises and functional activities.
  • Observes patients during treatments to compile and evaluate data on their responses and progress, and provides results to physical therapist in person or through progress notes.
  • Confers with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, and coordinating treatment.
  • Secures patients into or onto therapy equipment.
  • Administers active and passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, aquatic physical therapy, and heat, light, sound, and electrical modality treatments.
  • Communicates with or instructs caregivers and family members on patient therapeutic activities and treatment plans.
  • Measures patients' range-of-joint motion, body parts, and vital signs to determine effects of treatments.
  • Monitors operation of equipment and record use of equipment and administration of treatment.
  • Fits patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, and supportive devices, such as crutches.
  • Completes all records and documentation thoroughly, accurately and promptly.
  • Follows all departmental policies and procedures.

 Job duties for all positions:

  • Takes responsibility for ensuring that all work outcomes satisfy the HealthAlliance Three Pillars: Finance, Quality, and Service Excellence.
  • The individual must support the mission, vision, and goals of HealthAlliance Hospitals and serve as a role model for the CARES- It Happens Here customer service initiative.
  • Demonstrates excellent attendance and actively participates in a variety of meetings and training sessions as required.
  • Demonstrates a friendly, responsive, service-minded attitude to all internal and external customers.
  • Communicates ideas effectively. Shares information and keeps others properly informed. Gives, and is open to useful feedback.
  • Adheres to the HealthAlliance Hospital Code of Conduct and Behavior Standards and dress code. 
  • Complies with established environment of care/safety policies and procedures and all health and safety requirements.
  • Maintains, and fosters, an organized, clean, safe work environment.
  • Actively contributes to the development and application of process improvements.
  • Maintains a collaborative, team relationship with peers and colleagues in order to effectively contribute to the group’s achievement of goals and to help foster a positive work environment.
  • Demonstrates respect for the diversity of patient and employee populations. Supports and encourages diverse points of view, work and lifestyles.
  • Practices cost containment and fiscal responsibility through the efficient use of supplies, equipment, time, etc.
  • Performs a variety of related duties as assigned.

 JOB REQUIREMENTS

 JOB KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Ability to monitor and assess performance of patient and plan make improvements or take corrective action as indicated.
  • Ability to communicate with patients, care givers, coworkers, supervisors and other medical staff in person, in written form, via email or telephone.
  • Ability to listen to patients or caregivers concerns.
  • Ability to read, write and speak clearly in English.
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures.
  • Ability to teach patients or caregivers how to perform exercises or tasks.
  • Ability to perform duties within standards of professional practice.
  • In depth knowledge of standards of practice within the profession.

 EDUCATION:

Degree from an accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Program (approved by the APTA).

 EXPERIENCE:

  • A minimum of 6 months physical therapist assistant experience preferred.

Standards of Respect: