Licensed PT Assist
Reid Hospital & Health Care Services - Richmond, IN

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Associate's Degree
  • Primary Responsibilities:

    Direct Patient Care. Implement physical therapy patient care programs as planned and directed by the physical therapist. Incorporates information in evaluation, assessment and treatment plan to individualize patient care. Provides goal-focused treatment utilizing patient and family/caregiver input with regards to individual functional rehabilitation and/or habilitation goals. Involves patient/family/caregiver in treatment interventions and planning (based on treatment plan). Provides for patient’s personal care and environment throughout the treatment. Treatment Intervention: Demonstrates competence in performing all procedures and treatments required in area of practice, including but not exclusive to those listed in Competency Inventory. Demonstrates awareness of continuity of patient care by following established plans. Modifies patient care based on continual assessment of the patient and effect of treatment intervention with direction of PT. Demonstrates skills in identifying, interpreting and incorporating patient’s psychological, physical, and social responses to intervention.Provides and/or recommends equipment or supplies for home use. Patient Education . Provides education appropriate to each patient’s level of understanding regarding treatment procedures and self-responsibility. Instruct in-home treatment program to facilitate rehabilitation and/or habilitation and promote independence in care as appropriate. Discharge Planning. Collaborates with patient, caregiver, PT and other health care professionals in planning discharge from rehabilitation services. Initiates discharge planning at time of initial intervention and continues to work toward discharge goals throughout the course of therapy.Communication. Confers and communicates with PT, referring doctors, and other appropriate persons through the use of progress notes, letters, team meetings, and direct contact concerning the course, progress, and discharge planning of each patient. Clear, concise, and clinically useful documentation in medical record is completed in a timely manner according to department procedures. Counter-signatures by PT are obtained according to department policy (it is the responsibility of the PTA to inform PT of necessary signatures each day).Supervision/Direction: seeks appropriate information and feedback from the supervising PT in order to provide optimal care. Department Responsibilities: Knowledgeable of and participates in QA & I activities. Insures patient and departmental safety through work requests, following safety procedures, and other appropriate measures. Assists in orientation and training of new employees and students as appropriate. Conducts, participates, and supervises the training and observation of medical and nursing personnel, students, and other persons in physical therapy. Markets and promotes physical therapy services appropriately. Submits capital equipment recommendations as appropriate. Arranges for patient care items as appropriate. Informs supervisor of department needs. Informs physical therapist of any new orders received for their assigned patients (particularly those requiring re-evaluation and initiation of new procedures). Professional Behaviors and Development: Demonstrates and promotes C.A.R.E. (courtesy, positive attitude, respect, enthusiasm) principles, warm concern, and professionalism during all duties and interactions. Maintains confidentiality by protection of the rights and dignity of patients, family and staff. Works cooperatively with patients, staff, physicians and other departments. Attends and contributes to staff meetings and inservices as appropriate. Initiates and demonstrates professional development on a regular basis. Contributes to the development of others through educational inservices. Attends appropriate in-services. Utilizes time effectively and efficiently to maintain a full patient caseload. Seeks additional workload when time allows. Follows hospital policies and procedures. Works independently with little supervision and adapts to daily schedule changes and patient needs. Competently schedules, documents, records patient charges, and completes all paperwork according to hospital and department procedures. Seeks direction and information from PT. Demonstrates creativity and good judgement in all situations.


    Education: Associates Degree in Physical Therapist Assisting from an APTA-accredited educational program. Experience: none required. Preference may be given to individuals with advanced clinical experience or expertise. Supervision: All PTAs require supervision by a PT. The level of supervision is related to the ability of the PTA to safely and effectively provide those interventions delegated to the PTA. The PTA must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients assigned. The PTA must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs, and to provide the care needed as described in department policies and procedures. Successful completion of Reid Hospital general orientation, position-specific orientation skills checklist, and competency inventory required before working independently. Individual performance and competency-based skills are maintained through ongoing assessment of competence and educational activities. Written performance appraisals are completed at least annually.

    Additional Info:

    This is a Registry position. Must be flexible to work on an as needed basis.

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