The Acute Care staff physical therapist is responsible for utilizing their education and training to provide individualized physical therapy treatment for his/her patient. The physical therapist has knowledge of and utilizes appropriate age-related treatments and evaluations relating to the needs of his/her patient. The Acute Care staff physical therapist may treat individuals of all ages with varying diagnosis, including but not limited to orthopedic, neurological, and general medical disorders. The Acute Care staff physical therapist must possess the skills to evaluate and treat medically complex and often medically unstable patients. This entails the evaluation and ongoing assessment and adjustment of treatment plans, critical thinking skills related to patients with multiple medical diagnoses and medical/ physical/ cognitive challenges. Due to the complexity of Acute Care patients, knowledge of normal/abnormal vital signs, indications/contraindications, means to monitor the patient during treatment, and awareness of various vital medical equipment are essential to be successful in this environment. The Acute Care staff physical therapist must be able to discern and recommend appropriate discharge destination. The Acute Care staff physical therapist must be able to manage a high volume caseload and dynamic schedule which requires a constant need for rescheduling and prioritizing of patient load, due to the influx of new orders, patients’ pain, procedures, nursing cares, patient rest time. The Acute Care staff physical therapist must demonstrate the ability to be flexible/ problem solve as roadblocks occur, and the ability to organize a fast paced schedule in multiple areas of the hospital. Must be able to communicate with interdisciplinary team to ensure patient safety and comfort, facilitate scheduling, and collaborate re: discharge planning and utilization of resources, and promote hand off communication. Advanced critical thinking skills outside one’s own discipline/ awareness of indications and contraindications for specific therapies are necessary to make recommendations and to order therapy services.
The Acute Care staff physical therapist functions within the scope and standards of physical therapy practice as outlined in the South Dakota Physical Therapy Practice Act and Administrative Rules. Sanford recognizes the Scope and Standards of Practice and the Code of Ethics for Physical Therapy as published by the American Physical Therapy Association.
The Acute Care staff physical therapist may be asked to supervise physical therapist assistants, aides, and students as they provide patient care, treatment, or other services. The physical therapist will interact with individuals outside of the department, including but not limited to, physicians, nurses, case managers, etc.
When students are providing patient care, treatment, and/or services as a part of their training, any/all employees may be asked to supervise the students.
Conforms to the licensing standards of the State of South Dakota.
Must be a graduate of an accredited course in Physical Therapy. When applicable, the employee must have a current valid Category II driver’s license, and must meet all medical guidelines for Sanford Health Category II drivers.
Sanford Health - 23 months ago
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