Exercise Specialist
HealthAlliance Hospital - Leominster, MA

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GENERAL SUMMARY:

The Exercise Specialist is responsible for assisting RN staff in program planning, supervision and counseling of patients with cardiovascular disease. The Exercise Specialist bears full and ultimate responsibility for the quality of care he or she provides to individual and group.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Job duties specific to this position:
  • Contributes expertise as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to offer comprehensive treatment strategies to provide positive outcomes for individual participants and for the cardiac health, rehabilitation and prevention program.
  • Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively with rehab team members about individual patient findings or concerns and about program improvement issues.
  • Demonstrates a willingness to strive toward proficiency in the core competencies.
  • Demonstrates the interpersonal and observational skills needed to effectively identify appropriate psychosocial adaptation to illness and/or the presence of psychopathology (e.g., depression, anger, excessive anxiety, coronary prone behavior, etc.).
  • Assesses patients’ risk factors that are modifiable and demonstrates ability to offer support and strategies to aid patient in successful therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC).
  • Understands and utilizes contemporary theories of health behavior change in helping participants identify learning and lifestyle modification goals.
  • Participates in the program’s educational efforts, classes and/or individual sessions.
  • Effectively applies knowledge of exercise science to a population with cardiovascular disease and other potential co-morbidities.
  • Develops and adjusts individual exercise prescription in accordance with GXT, daily patient response in rehab, and physician recommendations on a regular basis.
  • Supervises exercise session, monitoring participants for inappropriate responses to exercise.
  • Responsible for blood pressure measurement and observation of telemetry response. Reports pertinent information concerning participants to the RN staff.
  • Assesses participants pre, during and post exercise making appropriate referrals and/or recommendations to the participant, other staff, and Medical Director.
  • Charts and documents initial and daily assessment data in participant records.
  • Immediately reports any new, changing and/or significant participant conditions (dysrhythmias, abnormal blood pressure responses, change in participants’ status, etc.) to the physician supervising the program.
  • Initiates ACLS measures according to hospital policy and assists as directed in emergency situations.
  • Participates in the collection, analysis and reporting of identified individual patient outcomes and program outcomes.
  • Participates in emergency drills and mock codes on a routine basis.
  • Reinforces concept of healthy lifestyle by words and actions.
  • Attends all staff meetings. If unable to attend, obtains information from meeting minutes or another staff member.
Job duties for all positions:
  • Takes responsibility for ensuring that all work outcomes satisfy the HealthAlliance Three Pillars: Finance, Quality, and Service Excellence.
  • The individual must support the mission, vision, and goals of HealthAlliance Hospitals and serve as a role model for the CARES- It Happens Here customer service initiative.
  • Demonstrates excellent attendance and actively participates in a variety of meetings and training sessions as required.
  • Demonstrates a friendly, responsive, service-minded attitude to all internal and external customers.
  • Communicates ideas effectively. Shares information and keeps others properly informed. Gives, and is open to useful feedback.
  • Adheres to the HealthAlliance Hospital Code of Conduct and Behavior Standards and dress code.
  • Complies with established environment of care/safety policies and procedures and all health and safety requirements.
  • Maintains, and fosters, an organized, clean, safe work environment.
  • Actively contributes to the development and application of process improvements.
  • Maintains a collaborative, team relationship with peers and colleagues in order to effectively contribute to the group’s achievement of goals and to help foster a positive work environment.
  • Demonstrates respect for the diversity of patient and employee populations. Supports and encourages diverse points of view, work and lifestyles.
  • Practices cost containment and fiscal responsibility through the efficient use of supplies, equipment, time, etc.
  • Performs a variety of related duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

JOB KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
  • Ability to perform roles of clinician, teacher, consultant and researcher.
  • Ability to provide care for a designated group of patients according to the unit guidelines and hospital policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Knowledge of cardiovascular disease, exercise physiology, nutrition, behavior modification strategies, pharmacology and patient educational strategies for CAD risk factor management.
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle as a model for participants and staff.
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures.
  • Desire to work within a comprehensive health care team.
  • Ability to read, write and speak clearly in English.
EDUCATION:
  • Baccalaureate degree in exercise science or an allied health field required.
E XPERIENCE:

Basic coronary care- arrhythmia and 12 level ECG interpretation required. Cardiac rehabilitation experience within the past 2 years, preferred.

An equivalent combination of education and experience which provides proficiency in the areas of responsibility listed above may be substituted for the above education and experience requirements.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, ETC.:
  • Current CPR and ACLS certification are required.

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