Practitioner - Resident
Hanger, Inc. - Tyler, TX

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Overview:
"Empowering Human Potential” is more than a tagline; it’s our mantra for all associates, that motivates and reminds us of the essential role we play in the lives of our patients and customers. Whether directly or indirectly, every individual across every business unit and department at Hanger is helping to improve the lives of our patients and customers. One by one, we listen to challenges, collaborate with partners, identify solutions, overcome obstacles, lead through innovation, and apply our expertise to help move lives forward.

We know that the “possible” lives inside each of us, waiting to be unleashed. At every touch point across all of our business, we are keeping lives in motion, breaking down barriers, taking dreams further. As one united Hanger, we are achieving more of our own potential so that we can help patients do the same. Together we are working with one idea in mind: Empowering Human Potential.

A job with Hanger, one of the leading clinical authorities in the provision of integrated rehabilitative solutions, including being the largest owner and operator of orthotic and prosthetic clinics in the United States places you on a path leading well beyond ordinary career opportunities.

Under direct supervision, provides care to patients with disabling conditions of limbs and spine by fitting and preparing devices known as orthoses and/or prosthesis. Prosthetic care may include, but is not limited to, patient evaluation, prosthesis design, fabrication, fitting and modification to treat limb loss for purposes of restoring physiological function and/or cosmesis. Orthotic care may include, but is not limited to, patient evaluation, orthosis design, fabrication, fitting and modification to treat a neuromuscular or musculoskeletal disorder or acquired condition. All care is provided under the auspices of the credentialed preceptor. The resident is obligated to support and conform to professional responsibilities that promote and assure the overall welfare of the patient and the integrity of the profession.

Consistently demonstrates support of the Hanger statement of Mission and Philosophy by striving for excellence, contributing to the team efforts and showing respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of the institute. The resident is also bound by the prevailing Residency Rules and Regulations which are enforced by National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE).

Responsibilities:
Assessment of patients with impairment of human movement or musculoskeletal abnormalities that would impede their ability to participate in their social environment or other activities in order to determine a functional intervention. Patient assessment may include, but is not limited to, the evaluation of Anthropometric data, cognition, circulation, skin integrity, protective sensation, pain, central and peripheral nerve integrity, respiratory capacity, biomechanics, gait analysis including temporal and spatial assessment, range of motion, muscle strength, posture and balance, proprioception, orthotic and/or prosthetic requirements, myoelectric activity and potential, activities of daily living, environmental barriers including social, home, and work reintegration and the need for physical and occupational therapy modalities.
Formulation of a treatment plan based upon a comprehensive assessment to design an intervention to alleviate limitations and enhance function. Orthotic and prosthetic treatment includes, but is not limited to verification of prescription/documentation, evaluation of the prescription rationale, a needs assessment based on patient and/or caregiver input, development of functional goals, analysis of structural and design requirements, assessment of potential physical and occupational therapy requirements and consultation with and/or referral to other health care professionals
Demonstrates competency in understanding the growth and development of infant, child, adolescent and geriatric patients as measured by specific performance standards and as described by department/unit policies and procedures.
Demonstrates the ability to interpret growth and development related information to ensure patient needs are met.
Implementation of the orthotic and/or prosthetic treatment plan. Performs fitting, including static and dynamic alignments.
Evaluates orthosis on patient and makes adjustments to ensure proper fit, function, cosmesis and quality of work.
Instructs patients and family in orthosis use and care.
Compliance with practice management plans to maintain patient records and progress notes, develop and document policies and procedures to ensure patient protection including evaluation of patient progress and maintenance of patient records, keeping current and up-to-date regarding new technology in the field of orthotics and utilization of Cerner to perform job duties as needed.
Practicum Responsibilities
Presents two case presentations in the course of his/her one year cycle.
Participate in the review of two peer journal articles.
Responsible for completion of a "Resident Directed Study" to be approved by preceptor and the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE).
Responsible for maintaining a log of anonymous patient statistics for completion of quarterly and year-end NCOPE Residency Performance evaluation.

Reporting Relationships
Reports to Director, P & O Education
Under direct supervision by Certified Orthotist during focused rotation.

Qualifications:
Required Skills & Abilities:
Use of personal computer, computer applications, and general office equipment
Analytical ability is required to gather information from patient evaluations and recommend solutions to technical and administrative problems
Ability to handle high call volume professionally, striving towards first time resolution.
Experience handling and expediting escalated issues with follow up to the customer.
Exceptional oral and written communication skills
Must be self-motivated team player who demonstrates exceptional analytical and problem solving skills
Ability to quickly assess situations, take appropriate actions and address customer needs timely and efficiently .
Displays patience and understanding when dealing with difficult customers (both internal and external)
Proven ability to multitask effectively while without forgoing quality
Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with patients and staff regarding fabrication of equipment.

Physical Requirements:
Ability to move casts.
Working Conditions
Normal patient care environment with exposure to dust, loud noises, offensive odors, and fumes.
Some exposure to infectious diseases when working with patients.
May include exposure to community, home, work, school and off-site clinic settings.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Required Credentials:
Minimum of a Bachelor's degree or Certificate in Orthotics from Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited college or university is required.