JOB DESCRIPTION: Under the direct supervision of a Physical, Occupational, Recreation or Speech Therapist, assists with the provision of basic therapeutic services and other patient related activities; performs simple administrative, clerical and maintenance tasks in support of department/program operations. May provide clerical support services which include the receipt and distribution of mail, telephone and visitor reception adn data entry. Attends staff meetings, in-services and patient rounds as appropriate to remain abreast of policies, activities, and changes which will imapct operations. Performs simple record keeping activities in support of departmental policies and procedures. Assists with the scheduling of patients for therapy to maximize efficiency and provide for optimal patient care. Maintains orderly work areas; assists in maintaining an established supply inventory, including linens. Assembles and prepares equipment and devices for treatment sessions and returns the equipment to its designated area. Cleans and maintains department equipment to ensure its maximum operational efficiency; reports unsafe or defective equipment to supervisor for immediate repair. Follows federal, JCAHO, CARD and organizational mandates and universal practices for infection control when handling soiled or contaminated items to ensure a safe work environment. Observes the patient for physical or emotional changes which may indicate an adverse change in condition; communicates significant changes to the appropriate member of the medical care team. Under the direction of a therapist, may assist with therapies and treatments including but not limited to hot packs, paraffin, exercise, ambulation and daily living activities. Transfers patients to and from wheelchairs, stretchers, beds and to and from treatment facilities within the hospital. Measures and records patient's vital signs. Assists with the fabrication of splints and other specialized devices and with the modification of specialized equipement. Works with manager to formulate a plan for professional development. Attends educational in-services as appropriate. Participates in professional activities and organizations to maintain knowledge of current trends, practices and developments. Practices universal and/or specialized precautions in the daily cleaning and sterilization of work surfaces, equipment, and/or instruments.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A high school diploma or equivalent. BLS certification required.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock , Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation , Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.