Physical Therapy Assistant

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Position Details

Department: PCH-SW | OP Physical Therapy
Category: Rehab/Therapy
Location: Avondale
Employee Type: Regular
Posting #: 831633
Posted On: 4/18/2024

Position Summary

Posting Note: We are looking for candidates with working experience in a clinical or outpatient setting.

This position provides physical therapy services, under the supervision of a Physical Therapist, to a pediatric population, from infant through adolescence/young adulthood. Performs treatment of patients using modalities including exercise, neuromuscular reeducation, mobilization, heat/cold, taping, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound, specific to age and developmental/functional level determined by assessment of the supervising Physical Therapist.

Position Duties

  1. Provide Physical Therapy Services
    • Promotes and maintains health by providing physical therapy services under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist as outlined in the Standards of Care section of the APTA, and PCH Policies & Procedures Manual.
    • Contributes to the physical therapists effectiveness by reviewing physical therapists interpretations of patient evaluations and test results, and implementing physical therapy plan of care; identifying patient care issues; providing information and feedback; recommending options and courses of action.
    • Monitors patient health by interviewing patients/families and reviewing patient history. Works closely and communicates directly with supervising Physical Therapist. Provides treatment according to the Physical Therapists plan of care and communicates immediately when patient shows changes that may require a re-evaluation from the PT.
    • Treats patients with a wide range of diagnoses including but not limited to: neurological, sensorimotor, musculoskeletal disorders/delays, complex medical conditions, and trauma. Demonstrates knowledge of typical development and possesses skills necessary to provide age appropriate services. Uses pediatric-based behavior management strategies and matches therapeutic interventions to age/ability of the child, using a framework of family-centered care. Implements patients plan of care established by the supervising PT using treatment modalities including but not limited to: exercise, neuromuscular re-education, mobilization, heat/cold, taping, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound as prescribed by a physician. This may include education in use of dynamic medical equipment to maximize function.
    • Performs patient/family teaching for maximizing function within the home/community and implementation of home program. Maintains mutual agreement upon discussion with family/guardian.
  2. Documentation and Safety
    • Maintains appropriate and timely documentation in compliance with Joint Commission, state/federal guidelines, and CARF standards, including participation in Total Quality Management.
    • Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations; adhering to infection-control policies and procedures.
  3. Collaboration and Continuing Education
    • Organizes, coordinates, and collaborates with other disciplines within the hospital and resources within the community in order to maximize value and effectiveness of plan of care. Builds and maintains rapport within the department, hospital, and community, while professionally interacting with physicians, families, and hospital/community personnel. Supervises and directs rehab technician, providing input into their performance evaluations.
    • Updates job knowledge by meeting requirements for continuing education and demonstrating commitment to learning; including preparation and participation in in-service training programs. Enhances physical therapy and hospital reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
  4. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.

Phoenix Children's Mission, Vision, & Values

Mission

To advance hope, healing and the best healthcare for children and their families

Vision

Phoenix Children's will be the leading pediatric health system in the Southwest, nationally recognized for exceptional care, innovative research and advanced medical education.

We realize this vision by:

  • Offering the most comprehensive care across ages, communities and specialties
  • Investing in innovative research, including emerging treatments, tools and technologies
  • Advancing education and training to shape the next generation of clinical leaders
  • Advocating for the health and well-being of children and families
Values
  • We place children and families at the center of all we do
  • We deliver exceptional care, every day and in every way
  • We collaborate with colleagues, partners and communities to amplify our impact
  • We set the standards of pediatric healthcare today, and innovate for the future
  • We are accountable for making the highest quality care accessible and affordable

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Position Qualifications

Please review the following qualifications and specify whether you meet each of the requirements listed.
Education
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Associate Degree from a school accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association.
Required
Experience
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Pediatric experience.
Preferred
Certifications / Licenses / Registries
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Current Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy certification, prior to start date.
Required
2. Current AZ DPS fingerprint clearance card, prior to start date.
Required
3. Current BLS Certification for Healthcare Provider from the American Heart Association, prior to start date
Required
Special Skills
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Specialty training in pediatric ortho, neuro, NDT, taping, child development, or other relevant pediatric areas.
Preferred
Physical Requirements & Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential
1. Physical Requirement - Climbing - Frequently
2. Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) - Frequently
3. Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) - Frequently
4. Physical Requirement - Hearing - Frequently
5. Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling - Constantly
6. Physical Requirement - Reaching - Constantly
7. Physical Requirement - Sitting - Frequently
8. Physical Requirement - Standing - Frequently
9. Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling - Constantly
10. Physical Requirement - Talking - Frequently
11. Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling - Occasionally
12. Physical Requirement - Walking - Constantly
13. Physical Requirement - Near Vision - Frequently
14. Physical Requirement - Far Vision - Frequently
15. Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination - Occasionally
16. Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment - Constantly
17. Physical Requirement - Lift up to 35 pounds without assistance - Constantly
18. Physical Requirement - Lift more than 35 pounds without assistance - Constantly
19. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Inside office environment - Applicable
20. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Airborne communicable diseases - Applicable
21. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Bloodborne pathogens or bodily fluid - Applicable
22. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Hazardous materials exposure - Applicable
23. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Toxic or caustic chemicals - Applicable
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