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Physical Therapist

Catholic Health Initiative

This is a Full-time position in Little Rock, AR posted May 3, 2021.

OverviewCHI St. Vincent Infirmary, now part of CommonSpirit Health formed between Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health in early 2019, is proud to be the first hospital in Arkansas to achieve Magnet designation and our resignation for our continued commitment to nursing excellence and patient care.Many of our co-workers call CHI St. Vincent their home and their team family. As we look forward, we have established an empowering environment for CHI St. Vincent co-workers where professional development is encouraged and supported.CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S. & from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.ResponsibilitiesIn accordance with our mission and core values, the licensed physical therapist will evaluate and treat patients with neuro/musculoskeletal movement disorders and skin integrity problems utilizing specialized knowledge, judgement and therapeutic skills to return the patient to the highest functional level possible. The PT will develop treatment plans ensuring multi disciplinary team involvement to meet established goals that follow practice guidelines, regulatory standards and department procedures.Evaluation/AssessmentPerforms evaluation/assessment using critical judgement and clinical decision making.Accurately documents and interprets findings from evaluation/assessment.Coordinates objective test procedures, patient history and subjective information.Understands the importance of physiologic and social information provided in the patient’s record and its impact on treatment and expected outcomes.Provides ongoing evaluation/assessment.Ensures completion of the Initial Evaluation and Discharge Summary according to department and hospital policy.Maintains patient progress notes according to department and hospital policy.Establishes and maintains plan of careUtilizes information about patients’ pre admit/pre occurrence status to establish goals and develop treatment plan.Develops physical therapy treatment plan to support the patient’s goals and is reasonable given the identified problems or deficits.Evaluates and documents the patient’s response to the treatment plan and makes changes as appropriate. Alters FIM scores as appropriate.Maintaining Patient TreatmentsObtains or verifies all physician orders for procedures/therapies.Ensures patient’s informed consent of procedures and therapies.Assures the presence of appropriate supplies/equipment to perform ordered procedure/therapies.Performs or assist in therapeutic treatment or procedures according to protocol, standards and department policy.Performs ongoing comprehensive patient assessment and documentation during therapeutic procedures.Evaluates and documents the patient’s response to therapy through progress or lack of progress.Monitors the patient care record for information on the patient’s condition, discharge plan and other multi -disciplinary care givers notes that are pertinent to the ongoing physical therapy being provided.Coordinates and documents communication between patient, patient’s family, and the multi disciplinary team to support the treatment plan.Ensures effective and wise use of resources, monitoring for cost containment.TeachingAssesses the patients and significant other’s knowledge base, ability and readiness to learn based on their developmental age.Identifies and utilizes multi disciplinary team members to provide comprehensive education for patient, self and others.Incorporates teaching principles and methods appropriate to knowledge base, ability and readiness to learn and based on developmental age.Demonstrates knowledge in area of teaching and available resources for patients, student interns and staff education.Documents ongoing or completion of patient instruction/education in the patient record.Documents student intern or staff education as per facility and department policy.Evaluates the teaching process.LeadershipParticipates in peer review.Provides learning opportunities and contributes to the orientation of team members, per diem personnel and students.Identifies and implements educational opportunities for the staff.Serves as a clinical instructor and role model for new employees and students.Utilizes conflict resolution to promote a cohesive team.Delegates tasks based on patient load, staffing, patient acuity and departmental needs.QualificationsEducation: Current Physical Therapy License in ArkansasExperience: Six month internship which is part of Physical Therapy School Entry Level Masters program or I year Internship which is part of DPT program. Prefer two years’ experience and demonstrated leadership to act as area supervisor or weekend supervisorPhysical Requirements: This job requires, at various times, the following physical activities; climbing, balancing, stopping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, carrying, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, feeling, talking, and hearing, sometimes exerting in excess of 20-100 pounds of force. The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform daily activities. May be subject to inside environmental conditions, hazards (including electrical currents and exposure to high heat and chemicals), infectious diseases, and may be required to function around prisoners and mental patients.Skills: Successful completion of Basic Cardiac Life Support Course C. The PT must possess demonstrated knowledge, training, and skills necessary and appropriate to the neonate, child, adolescent, adult and older adult. They must demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to deal effectively with multi disciplinary team members, patients, patient’s family members and physicians. Must possess effective decision making, evaluation/assessment and critical thinking skills. Supervisors and acting supervisors must be able to set priorities and effectively delegate/coordinate multi disciplinary care based on the needs of the patient, the census, and staffing and department standards/protocols.

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