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Physical Therapy Aide (#1182)

Salary Range:$12.20 to $18.45
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Non-Exempt
Benefits:Ineligible
Employment Type:Casual
Department:Rehabilitation Services
Available To:Public
Description:Klickitat Valley Health is now accepting applications for a Casual Physical Therapy Aide to join our Wellness & Therapy Department. This position will be scheduled as needed to cover for vacations, leaves and high volumes. This position doesn't guarantee any specific amount of hours a week (general hours Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm).

The Physical Therapy Aide (P.T. Aide) supports the physical therapy care provided to the patient under the direction of a Physical Therapist, and based on the orders given by a provider, within his/her scope of practice (RCW 18.74.010). The PT Aide assists the Physical Therapist in preparing the patient and the care area for the therapy/treatment to be given to the patient. The PT Aide demonstrates excellence in customer service during interactions with patients, families and other customers and works collaboratively with colleagues and departments throughout the organization to provide optimal outcomes for our patients in a compassionate, professional, ethical and knowledgeable fashion. May provide necessary routine clerical support for the Physical Therapy Unit, if needed. The PT Aide is aware of the potential exposure to internal and external hazardous materials, including but not limited to: blood and blood borne pathogens, infectious/communicable diseases, potential physical injury while caring for patients. Maintains a safe and clean environment for the care of the patient.
Duties:• Supports the mission, vision and values of the organization.
• Prepares treatment room/area for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols, ensures patient privacy during treatment in the department, supplies patient with blankets, pillows, etc. for the patient’s comfort, as needed.
• Prepares patient for physical therapy treatment by welcoming patient, assisting patient into the care area, providing and/or assisting patient into PT apparel or using PT equipment; comforting patient as needed based on condition/limitations.
• Provides information to patient by answering questions and requests to determine patient needs, or allay concerns/fears or anxieties.
• Helps treat patient by applying heat packs; paraffin dips; assisting patient into whirlpool baths; helping patient with using various exercise equipment, and performing various physical activities such as: walking/bending/reaching/lifting, etc.
• Educates/instructs the patient by demonstrating proper use of equipment and prescribed exercise routines; clarifies patient’s understanding of PT care being ordered/given.
• Provides equipment and supplies by delivering to treatment care area; positions equipment for Physical Therapists access; may assist positioning of patient as needed.
• Provides care appropriate to condition and age of the patient, including: pediatric, geriatric and general population and maintains awareness of patient needs based on age specific factors, as well as being aware of the patient’s physical and psychosocial needs.
• Reports any changes in patient status or condition to the supervising Physical Therapist, to ensure patient comfort and safety, or if the patient complains of pain and discomfort.
• Maintains department supply levels; checks stock to determine inventory levels, processes requests to purchasing for supply orders; verifies receipt of supplies.
• Ensures operation of PT equipment; may perform preventative maintenance, reports to supervisor any malfunction or repair needs.
• Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety; maintains a safe and clean working environment.
• Provides clerical assistance for the physical therapy department as needed, such as: answering phones, scheduling appointments, entering orders/patient demographics, etc.
• Complies with all hospital policy and procedures, while upholding the high expectations of KVH.
• Attends various staff meetings and mandatory in-services as required.
• Performs other miscellaneous duties as assigned.
Qualifications:Education / Licensure:
• High school diploma or GED, required.
• Current BLS certification, required.
• Knowledge/comprehension of basic personal care processes given to patients, required.

Experience:
• At least one (1) year recent full time experience providing direct patient care in an outpatient physical therapy department, either as part of a hospital or independent physical therapy business/clinic required.

Skills/Knowledge/Abilities:
• Demonstrates knowledge of basic personal care provided to patients in a physical therapy program, patients’ rights, universal precautions, infection prevention, body mechanics.
• Requires critical thinking skills, ability to make good decisions, listen and accept advice from others, demonstrate maturity and good judgment and the ability to work with regular supervision.
• Perform various sensory requirements such as: vision, speech, touch, manual dexterity, fine motor skills and hearing in order to assist in the treatment of the patient accurately.
• Promote/deliver excellent customer service to both internal (patients and staff) and external customers (visitors and vendors).
• Demonstrate positive and effective interpersonal and communication skills with colleagues, patients, families, physicians, volunteers and community.
• Work productively and cohesively within a team and resolve conflict/differences in a positive manner.
• Work in a stressful/demanding environment and take appropriate action to ensure quality of patient care, ability to cope with the physical demands of the job.
• Maintain a calm and composed manner in emergency/stressful situations, taking appropriate action as necessary.
• Demonstrate attention to detail, follow oral and written instructions precisely, and maintain awareness of patient condition/limitations, and be aware that failure to follow correct procedure could result in risk of injury and could result in significant harm or loss.
• Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills with ability to anticipate tasks and prioritize assignments.
• Ability to read, write, speak and understand English.
• Experience with using everyday computer electronic tools (e.g., email, data retrieval, voicemail, and internet/intranet) as well as ability to effectively utilize an electronic medical record (EMR).
• Adaptability is essential to manage the needs of a department with unpredictable volume and resources.



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