The incumbent provides assessment and treatment interventions to inpatients and outpatients received through healthcare provider referrals and patient self-referrals. This encompasses (but is not limited to) the following environments of care within NWIHCS: Community Living Center, Outpatient Clinics, Acute Inpatient, Amputee Clinic, W/C Seating and Mobility Clinics, Primary Care (PT in Primary Care), Specialty Pain Clinics, and Whole Health. Duties include, but are not limited to: Receives patient referrals from an appropriate physician/ provider or via Direct Scheduling/ Direct Access protocols within NWIHCS. Independently provides assessment and treatment interventions to inpatients and outpatients. Evaluates medical history, results, and interpretation of the appropriate tests and measurements performed. Performs exams and evaluations of individuals who have or may develop impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions related to conditions of the musculoskeletal , neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and/or integumentary systems while considering the effects attributable to unique personal and environmental factors. Interprets findings from examination and diagnostic studies/medical tests and, during evaluation, selects appropriate clinical tests and measures, and then integrate findings into the physical therapy plan of care for the full range of patient populations. Implements a comprehensive patient treatment plan that is based on current research, education and outcomes data. Establishes a diagnosis within the scope of physical therapy and identifies the appropriate rehab intervention, including referral to another provider for further consultation as clinically indicated. Evaluates the patient's needs for assistive devices and procures these devices from the Prosthetic Department or works with Prosthetics to schedule the patient for the appropriate Prosthetics /Orthotics Clinic for prescription and fabrication. Provides and documents patient and/or significant other education appropriate to the disability being treated and goals to be achieved. Independently provides clinical oversight of Physical Therapy Assistants as well as PTA students on clinical affiliations. Independently provides clinical oversight to PT students who are in Doctoral PT Programs. Appropriately plans discharge and needs for continuing physical therapy treatment. Coordinates discharge with patient, significant others, and appropriate members of the health care team. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. Primary Outpatient Orthopedic Role with Acute Care Inpatient Coverage. Acute Care Weekend and Holiday rotation. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598941400
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