Physical Therapist Assistant, Days, Associate's, DE lic (PTA, Therapy)
Nemours - Newark, DE

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Nemours is seeking a Physical Therapy Assistant I to join our Outpatient Therapy Services team in Newark, Delaware.

As one of the nation’s premier pediatric health care systems, Nemours provides world-class clinical care in four states: Delaware, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Located in Wilmington, Delaware, the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children offers intensive and acute inpatient and outpatient services covering more than 30 pediatric specialties. Ranked among the nation’s best in pediatric specialty care by U.S. News & World Report , this world-renowned teaching hospital has served children from 42 states and 14 nations. Extending the world-class care of the duPont Hospital for Children, the Nemours Children’s Clinic provides expert care for even more children across the Delaware Valley through community-based physician services and collaborative partnerships with health and hospital systems.

To keep pace with the changing health care environment and build a healthier future for our children, Nemours has embarked on a multi-phase expansion to create a children’s hospital like no other in the region. Upon completion in June 2014, the hospital will include private, family-centered, technologically advanced patient rooms, a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a new expanded Emergency Department.

Assists Physical Therapist by providing direct Physical Therapy treatment for typical patients within a program under the prescription of a physician and under the supervision of a Physical Therapist, in accordance with the Physical Therapy State Examining Board rules and regulations and within the guidelines designated by department and Delaware Valley policies and procedures. Demonstrates clinical competency in direct patient care. Completes 75% of Level I PTA clinical competencies within probationary period. Expands knowledge of less-common populations seen within the program through mentorship, educational opportunities, etc.

Direct Patient Care Responsibilities

Demonstrates proficiency in the care of pediatrics, adolescents and adults.

Independently provides and coordinates age-appropriate physical therapy treatment in routine patient care situations.

Completes timely documentation as required by departmental policy #7980.3.3, JCAHO and CARF standards.

Attends meetings related to patient treatment and contributes to discussion as an interdisciplinary team member.

Consults with other services, families and outside agencies to recommend equipment, home or school modification, transition of care, etc.

Maintains knowledge of and familiarity with the insurance referral/authorization process and documentation requirements related to therapy services.

May begin to investigate specialty areas within the physical therapy discipline.

Independently organizes and program plans for patient groups with goals established by a physical therapist.

Indirect Patient Care Responsibilities

Assesses existing and develops new activities that promote general knowledge and professionalism within the department. Participates in peer review process. Attends inservices/continuing education; provides updates in the form of inservices to the department.

Participates in program, discipline, specialty and hospital/satellite CQI projects.

Contributes to discipline and program committees to enhance patient care.

Attends monthly program meetings. Participates in activities to increase program use, awareness and marketability. Participates in meeting goals of the department.

Assists in mentoring affiliating physical therapy assistant students, new physical therapy staff, support personnel and volunteers. Assists with department-wide student teaching. Participates in student and volunteer program organization.

Participates in single discipline, multidisciplinary and specialty teams. Assists in the maintenance of department equipment.

Contributes to the growth and development of specialty areas within the physical therapy discipline. Develops ties with professional organizations. Provides educational inservices and experiences to the department and outside community beyond mandated staff inservices from continuing education courses. Attends Physical Therapy meetings as scheduled. May participate in promotional activities for physical therapy.

Completes department and Delaware Valley annual mandatory inservice training. Maintains CPR requirements.

Must have the ability to work well with others.

Regular attendance is required.

Good communications skills are required, both written and verbal.

Associate's degree in Physical Therapy.

Delaware State PTA License to practice as a Physical Therapy Assistant.

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification within 6 months of date of hire.

Member of professional specialty organizations (APTA, State PT Assoc.) preferred.

Clinical affiliation and/or work experience in pediatrics preferred.

Experience with physically and/or mentally challenged populations preferred.

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