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Physical Therapist Assistant PTA-IRF PRN
Kindred Hospitals
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QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Successful completion of a course of study for the physical therapy assistant accredited by the APTA or other appropriate accrediting body or equivalent as determined by Iowa Board of PT/OT Examiners.
  • Current licensure as a Physical Therapy Assistant in the state of Iowa.
  • One year of experience in the care of patients preferred.
  • Current BLS/CPR.
  • Mandatory adult and child abuse certification required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Job Specific:

  • Is aware of patient injury/diagnosis and takes all necessary precautions for observing indications and contradictions.
  • Assists the patient in the preparation for treatment/modality as necessary.
  • Applies the physical agens, therapeutic exercises or gait-training activites as outlined by the licensed PT, in the patient POC. Progresses patients in an appropriate manner when deemed necessary by the PT.
  • Conducts the class/group situations (stroke, SCI, BI) as appropriate.
  • Communicates with support personnel for clarification or elaborations of treatment orders as directed byt the supervising PT.
  • When necessary, instructs care giver/family members in home exercise and related to the patient's functional and ambulatory status: discusses necessary equipment for the home situation.
  • Keeps the supervising therapist informed of patient's status, problem areas, progress, etc.
  • Perceives the existence of problem and notifies supervising therapist for implementation of safe, effective and timely solutions.
  • Demonstrates appropriate safety measures when implementing treatment programs.
  • Supervises and guides clinical techs and volunteers in the performance of their duties.
  • Provides input/suggestions for the physical functioning of the department in the areas of equipment management, space utilization, storage, etc.
  • Basic knowledge of pressure wound staging, types of wounds and wound care prodcuts.
  • Carries out wound care treatments based on POC utilizing appropriate would care products and techniques.
  • Records daily charges within day of treatment
  • Writes progress notes in accordance with departmental policy.
  • Writes home programs and instructs patients in the programs as delegated byt the supervising physical therapist.
  • Provides written and updated treatment/coverage programs for days off.
  • Performs discharge planning under the direct supervision of the PT (prescriptions, equipment requests, and referrals).
  • Reports on patient's status at patient care reviews when necessary. (Initial and discharge conferences should be attended by the supervisiting PT and with the PTA in attendance.)
  • Instruct patient and primary care provider inpatient's care provider in patient's functional status, equipment needs and home exercise programs as delegated by the PT.
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