GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
The Staff Physical Therapist is an individual with an unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Their primary responsibility is to provide patient care on the rotation/service to which they are assigned in accordance to State licensing regulations, departmental standards and policies, and accepted professional standards of care.
Primary Assigned Clinical Area: Inpatient Acute Care and Dana Farber Inpatient Hospital within BWH
Occasional weekend coverage and later weekday shifts (till 8 pm) are expected in this role.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1.Examines and evaluates patient's physical therapy needs. In collaboration with the patient and/or caregiver, formulates a physical therapy diagnosis, and develops a treatment plan with treatment goals directed towards maximizing function.
2.Demonstrates competency in all clinical knowledge and skills specific to the patient case type(s) in assigned area of care.
3.Consults with other members of the health care team to insure coordination and effectiveness of therapies provided.
4.Assists in implementation of triaging, prioritizing, monitoring admissions, referrals, and discharges to and from the service as assigned.
5.Manages patient caseload assigned.
6.Participates in activities that directed towards increasing knowledge and skill and professional development.
7.Participates in departmental meetings, which help to formulate policies, procedures and program development.
8.Supervises aides and other support personnel as appropriate.
9.Supervises students and other individuals seeking educational experiences related to physical therapy.
1.Must be a graduate of an accredited physical therapy program.
2.Must possess a current unrestricted license to practice physical therapy from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
1.Must possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to manage a diverse patient population of varying diagnosis and case types.
2.Must possess analytical abilities and sound knowledge in Physical Therapy to effectively manage a varied caseload demonstrating sound clinical decision-making and judgment (up to 90% of work time).
3.Work requires up to three months orientation to acquire necessary familiarity with department and hospital policies and procedures, and the specific quality standards of care and competencies, and procedures unique to the assigned patient area.
4.Must possess effective communication skills (written and verbal) to interact with patients (up to 70% of work time), rehabilitation and medical team (up to 20% of work time), and patients' families (up to 10% of work time).
5.Work requires prolonged walking and standing (up to 95% of work time); lifting, transferring, and positioning of patients and equipment (10% - 50% of work time), and the transportation of patients (up to 10% of work time).
6.Work with critically ill patients (up to 10% of work time) produces a high level of stress and mental fatigue.
7.Must be able to work with newborns (if assigned) to the oldest old (up to 20% of the work time). The majority of patient care (70% of work time) is the 18 to 65 year olds.
8.The individual in this position must demonstrate appropriate knowledge of the principles of growth and development, which would include neonates to the oldest old. In addition, the therapist must demonstrated competency in examination/evaluation and treatment relative to age specific needs for the patient population for which they provide therapy, and as described in the department's practice standards
1.Works in hospital environments where there is some exposure to blood/body fluids/hazardous materials, communicable diseases (10% - 25% of work time) and unpleasant odors (up to 25% of work time).
2.Work requiring physical effort for lifting, transferring, and positioning of patients and/or equipment (up to 50% of work time) may result in musculoskeletal strain or injury with improper body mechanics.
3.Work requires use of sharp and/or electrical equipment (up to 20%), which could result in, cuts or burns with improper safety.
Assists with supervision and education of staff therapists, assistants, and aides.
1.Patient charges are entered in an accurate and timely manner as appropriately supported by the medical documentation.
2.Hospital and department equipment is managed in an appropriate and cost efficient manner.
HOSPITAL WIDE RESPONSIBILITIES:
Works within legal, regulatory, accreditation and ethical practice standards relevant to the position and as established by BWH/Partners; follows safe practices required for the position; complies with appropriate BWH and Partners policies and procedures; fulfills any training required by BWH and/or Partners, as appropriate; brings potential matters of non-compliance to the attention of the supervisor or other appropriate hospital staff.
Partners Healthcare System