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Lead Physical Therapy Assistant

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: East Orange
Posted on: June 5, 2021

Job Description:

The incumbent works for the Physical Therapy Section of the Physical Medicine & Rehab Service (PM&RS) of the VA NJHCS, which is a Level 3 Tertiary Care Facility. The incumbent is responsible for Leading 4 PTAs, assisting with admin of clinical rehab treatments in various areas at VA NJHCS, including Acute Care, the Community living Center (CLC), Domiciliary, Outpatient Clinics & Home Based Primary Care under the supervision of a PM&RS Chief of Physical Therapy & primary charge therapist. [ "The Incumbent, subject to rotating through various PM&RS rehabilitation clinics, is responsible for administering highly specialized and diversified treatment for patients with varying levels of physical and mental disabilities as listed in incumbent's job specific competency, core competency checklist and high performance development model. - Ability to lead, and mentor PTA staff.\n- Ability to assist with program development\n- Ability to serve as liaison between PTA staff and Chief of PT or his/hers designee. - The incumbent communicates with professional personnel, such as physicians and nurses, the treatment plan and progress of patients in therapy.\n- The incumbent administers non-complex active, active assistive and passive therapeutic exercises, strengthening exercises, and ADL activities.\n- Instructs and assists patients in the learning and improving of functional activities such as pre-ambulation, transfer training, and ambulation training.\n- Adjusts and trains in the use and care of orthotic devices, prostheses and supportive devices such as crutches, canes, walkers and splints.\n- Adapts or makes changes in procedures and approaches under the supervision of the primary charge therapist.\n- May measure patient's range of motion, length and girth of body parts and vital signs to determine effects of specific treatments, or assist primary charge therapist with complex evaluations.\n- The incumbent makes recommendations to the primary charge therapist/ physician for new treatment procedures in individual cases as indicated. Recommendations include change in patient's response to rehabilitation treatment, and advising the supervising provider of patient progression/regression along with the treatment plan.\n- Incumbent assists with modalities for whirlpool, moist heat, ice pack, cryotherapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, TENS, contrast baths, fluid therapy, paraffin, phonophoresis, application of external bandages.\n- Incumbent will perform home evaluations and make recommendations for durable medical equipment, home modifications, and teach appropriate home exercise program and safety recommendations. The therapist assistant exercises independent judgment in interpreting findings of internal and external home environment structures, taking into consideration the patients' level of disability and functional impairments when developing recommendations to improve the patients' accessibility to their home.\n- Lead Therapy assistant is responsible for daily electronic encounter entries, current progress notes, daily patient scheduling/ attendance, assists with workload data; assists with daily/monthly/annual reports as required by the Program Supervisor.\n- The Lead Physical Therapy assistant is responsible for performing the following clinical set up:\n1. Logging hydrocollator and freezer temperatures daily, monthly cleaning of hydrocollator and freezer\n2. Monthly cleaning of hydrocollator and freezer\n3. Faxing temperature logs to PM&RS office manager every Friday\n4. Ensuring adequate linen supplies on a daily basis.\nThe incumbent is responsible for following policies and procedures, including notifying Chief of PT when\ntemperatures are out of range or if there is equipment failure. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not require" ]

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, East Orange , Lead Physical Therapy Assistant, Other , East Orange, New Jersey

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