Under the general supervision of the Director of Physical Therapy, the PT Assistant is responsible for patient treatment as prescribed by the physician, and/or determined by the Physical Therapist. Responsible for maintaining proper records and progress notes on the patient and communicating with the therapist, physician, and other healthcare team members concerning the patient’s care and progress. Practices under the State of Missouri Healing Arts Practice Act and hospital policies and procedures. Provides direct patient care to an assigned number of patients with an understanding of the age-specific development needs. Demonstrates behaviors that exemplify professional conduct and teamwork.
The Physical Therapy Assistant functions independently within the scope of the position. Regular communication with Director/Physical Therapist provides a direction of activities and guides priorities. Fluctuating departmental activities necessitate flexibility. Must be highly motivated to complete assigned duties within prescribed time limits. Uses extreme tact when dealing with patients, employees, other departments, physicians, and the public. Maintains strong ethical code regarding patients’ rights as evidenced in documentation and professional attitude/behavior (i.e. privacy, confidentiality, and empathy). Must promote professional, positive, and cooperative demeanor.
- Physical Therapy Assistant
- Physical Therapy Department
- Full-Time Status
Nurse Education, license and experience
- Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy from an accredited school or licensure under the State of Missouri Grandfather Clause.
- Experience: None required, but preferred.
- Licensure, Registration, Certification: Current Missouri licensure.
(maybe met with or without reasonable accommodations)
- The considerable mental concentration required.
- Standing, walking, sitting, lifting, turning to carry, pushing, pulling, stooping, crouching, twisting, and reaching are required.
- Must be able to lift 20 lbs. from the floor and from overhead, 40 lbs. from waist height and be able to handle, move or transfer articles of 100 lbs. regularly and over 100 lbs. periodically; in concert with other employees/person(s) and/or lifting device; exercise good body mechanics in the execution of essential duties, including appropriate back and neck posture.
Minimal physical discomfort. Moderate level of auditory distractions. Potential exposure to infectious diseases, crowded workspace, and hostile persons at times. Works with potentially biohazardous material. Ability to function under stress required.
Age-Specific Competencies: Persons generally grow and develop in stages that are related to their age. Age-specific competence means that the employee is aware of the physical, psychosocial, and/or learning needs of patients of different ages. Employees consider these needs when planning and providing care for the patient or when interacting with the patient or family.
Human development can be divided into eight stages. In each stage, the individual has a primary task to accomplish or master. Each task is important throughout the life span but is most critical at a particular stage.
Infant (0-1 year): The infant must learn to trust that his/her needs will be met.
Toddler (1-3 years): The toddler must learn to develop a sense of himself as an independent person and gain self-confidence and self-control.
Pre-school child (3-6 years): The pre-school child must develop a sense if initiating (being able to explore the world and start projects).
School-age child (6-12 years): The school-age child must develop a sense to his/her own self-worth through accomplishments and interaction with others.
Adolescence (13-20 years): the adolescent must develop his/her own identity.
Young adult (21-43 years): The young adult must develop close relationships.
Middle adult (44-65 years): The middle adult must develop a sense of community and assume responsibility for others.
Older adult (65 years and older): The older adult must come to understand the meaning of his/her life in terms of what has been accomplished.
Texas County Memorial Hospital is a tobacco-free smoke-free facility.
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