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Steward Health Care System Physical Therapist in Stoughton, Massachusetts

At Steward Health Care System, we are committed to improving the health of our communities by delivering exceptional, personalized health care with dignity, compassion and respect. Our continued focus on the patient experience informs our caregivers in how to provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient and family preferences, needs and values.

We dedicate ourselves in the communities we serve to delivering affordable health care to all and being responsible partners. No matter what your role, as a member of the Steward family, you are a specialist in the making every patient and family feel right at home, every co-worker a key to our success, and every referring practice, a team of prized colleagues.

In support of this, we commit ourselves to the following values:

C ompassion

A ccountability

R espect

E xcellence

S tewardship

If you are seeking a fast-paced, challenging position in an organization committed to achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence in all we do, our organization may be a good fit for you.

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITY :

Responsible for evaluating and treating adult and pediatric patients on assigned caseload. Meets regularly with his/her supervisor in order to provide for learn­ing and professional growth. Implements the policies and procedures of the De­partment and Hospital.

REQUIREMENTS :

  1. Completion of academic and clinical requirements as set forth by the American Physical Therapy Association.

  2. Graduation from curriculum in Physical Therapy approved by the American Physical Therapy Association.

  3. Adherence to standards set by the American Physical Therapy Association regarding practice and professional ethics.

  4. Current licensure in the State of Massachusetts.

  5. Hearing ability and verbal skill to communicate effectively face-to-face and by telephone.

  6. Writing and reading fluently in English.

  7. Driving an automobile and van.

  8. Cognitive ability to analyze data, utilize safe opera­tion­al judgment, and problem-solve.

    DUTIES :

    A. SKILLS

  9. Assumes full responsibility for assigned caseload.

    a. Advocates effectively for each patient as needed.

    b. Demonstrates holistic approach to patient care; i.e., coordinating social, emotional, cognitive, envi­ron­men­tal and physical issues.

    c. Full caseload is generally 6.0 hours/day of direct t­rea­t­ment time. (E)

  10. Following receipt of appropriate referral, completes thor­ough and timely evaluations of each patient. (E)

    a. Reviews medical record as appropriate and conducts initial interview; documents in initial contact note as appropriate.

    b. Chooses appropriate examination techniques and imple­ment­s according to patient diagnosis and/or prob­lems.

    c. Performs thorough evaluation, and completes database and places in medical record within two working days of initia­tion for inpatients and with­in one working day for outpatients.

    d. Actively includes patient and/or family in evalua­tion process, including identification of meaningful goals and interpretation of findings..

    e. Utilizes an age-appropriate approach in evaluating each patient.

  11. Establishes appropriate discharge goals and short-term ob­jectives as indicated by each patient's needs & pref­erences.(E)

    a. Goals reflect patient needs as identified on evalua­tion.

    c. Discharge goals are realistic in terms of discharge plan (ELOS & planned discharge site) and patient sta­tus.

    d. Short-term objectives relate to discharge goals, and realistic time frames are set.

    e. Writes all goals in measurable, objective & behav­ioral language.

  12. Plans and implements age-appropriate physical therapy treat­ment modality and/or technique relevant to patient status and documented goals.

    a. Identifies level of skilled treatment required. (E)

    b. Selects appropriate modalities and/or techniques ac­cording to each individual patient's needs. (E)

    c. Determines appropriate duration and frequency of treat­ment. (E)

    d. Demonstrates competency in performance of treatment programs. (E)

    e. Revises treatment plans on the basis of patient re­sponse and/or progress. (E)

    f. Orients Rehabilitation Aide to patient programs and supervises per departmental guidelines. (E)

    g. Participates in patient-related clinics and rounds related to assigned patients. (E)

    h. May be responsible for coordination of a patient-relat­ed clinic.

  13. Responsible for thorough and ongoing patient and/or family education related to each patient's physical therapy pro­gram. (E)

    a. Discusses purpose of physical therapy with each patient at initial contact.

    b. Provides patient/family education regarding evaluation results and benefits/risks of treatment options.

    c. Provides ongoing patient and/or family education and teaching relative to each patient's requirements.

    d. Performs patient and/or family teaching to adequately prepare patient for safe discharge.

  14. Participates in discharge planning process for each patient. (E)

    a. Notes planned disposition of each patient during ini­tial evaluation.

    b. Periodically reviews discharge plan for feasibility.

    c. Determines necessity for home evaluation when applica­ble.

    d. Performs home evaluation and provides home recommenda­tions in timely fashion.

    e. Provides information related to equipment and continued treatment needs, as applicable, to appropriate team mem­­bers in timely fashion.

    B. COMMUNICATION

  15. Responsible for timely communication of pertinent informa­tion in a suitable manner to appropriate parties. (E)

    a. Actively participates in or sends reports to team prog­ress meetings on assigned patients.

    b. Actively participates in family/team meetings, as indi­cated, related to assigned patients.

    c. Directly reports significant events in timely fashion to appropriate team members and to supervisor(s).

    d. Utilizes customer service approach in professional inter­actions.

    e. Considers age, cultural background and educational levels of patients and/or families in determining appr­opriate style of communication.

    f. Problem-solves effectively by identifying issues, sug­gesting alternative solutions, soliciting suggestions from others, implementing change and following up on each step.

    g. Utilizes appropriate channels of communication to bring complaints or resolve conflicts.

  16. Maintains current and complete documentation in the medical record as per departmental guidelines. (E)

  17. Maintains administrative documentation in keeping with de­partmental guidelines. (E)

    C. PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT

  18. Continually upgrades professional knowledge and skills through various educational avenues.

    a. Studies current trends and new developments and learns new treatment theory and/or techniques related to job performance through survey of literature, attendance at professional meetings and seminars, participation in advanced courses. (E)

    b. Attends at least 70% of departmental inservices.

    c. Provides in-service programs as applicable.

    d. Responsible for obtaining information necessary to perform according to hospital and departmental opera­tion guidelines. (E)

    e. Responsible for completion of competency assessment tools. (E)

    f. Responsible for meeting ongoing competency assessment criteria. (E)

    g. Utilizes supervisors and other resources for enhancing job performance. (E)

    h. Seeks guidance appropriately. (E)

  19. May be responsible for instruction and clinical supervision of Physical Therapy and/or Physical Therapist Assistant stu­dents, following one year of clinical experience, and completion of Clinical Instructor training program.

    a. Follows departmental Clinical Instructor guidelines.

    b. Demonstrates effective teaching skills based on discus­sions with Clinical Instructor supporter and/or super­visor. Adapts to individual needs.

    c. Serves as a role model and mentor for students.

    d. Completes student evaluations as per school require­ments.

    D. ADMINISTRATION

  • Demonstrates familiarity with Hospital and Departmental missions and philosophies and adheres to Hospital policies and procedures. (E)

  • Assists in orienting new personnel and/or volunteers to the Department.

    a. Relates Policies and Procedures accurately to new per­sonnel as per Hospital and Departmental manuals.

    b. Understands role of volunteers and relates pertinent Policies and Procedures as per Hospital and Depart­mental manuals.

    c. Accepts assignment of new staff member as a preceptor for the first week of orientation as requested.

    1. Participates in marketing activities related to the promo­tion of physical therapy services at Sinai.

    a. Conveys realistic and accurate information related to services provided by the department and hospital.

    b. Refers to appropriate channels and/or collects informa­tion from other sources.

    c. Generates marketing suggestions.

    d. Volunteers to participate in marketing activities with departmental involvement.

    1. Other duties as assigned.

    (E) = Essential Function

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS :

    1. Lift, boost, turn or transfer patients weighing up to ap­proximately 300 lb. in and out of bed, car, on and off of mats, wheelchairs, plinths, floor, toilet, an average of 20-40 times per day.

    2. Frequent (>25 times daily) lifting/carrying supplies and equipment up to approximately 10 kg.

    3. Frequent (>25 times daily) twisting, bending, reaching, stooping, pushing and pulling.

    4. Intermittent sitting, kneeling, half-kneeling, standing and walking.

    5. Applying resistance/providing support during exercise/gait training sessions.

    6. Stair ascending and descending up to approximately 10 times daily.

    7. Visual ability to observe compensatory strategies, gait deviations, read charts, etc.

    8. Hand dexterity to palpate and manipulate treatment and tools.

    WORKING CONDITIONS :

    1. Patient environment and office environment and patient home/ ­roads for home evaluation.

    2. Exposure to contagious disease, body fluids, and cleaning materials.

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