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Physical Therapist II - NICU

Job ID JR_112766 Date Posted 01/19/2022
San Diego, California
  • Sharp Memorial Hospital
  • Day
  • Regular
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Responsibilities

What You Will Do
Evaluates plans, directs and administers occupational therapy modalities of treatment for neonates and infants as prescribed by a licensed physician. Assists patients in reaching their maximum performance and level of functioning, and instructs parents and caregivers in recommended therapy interventions to promote optimal developmental functioning. Participates in operational aspects of the department, maintains performance improvement activities within the department, and participates in CQI activities.

Required Qualifications
  • 3 Years Experience in pediatric and neonatal aspects of physical therapy.
  • California Licensed Physical Therapist (PT) -REQUIRED
  • AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professional (AHA BLS Healthcare) -REQUIRED

Preferred Qualifications
  • Graduate of an approved school of Physical Therapy or graduate of accredited college or university with a certificate in Physical Therapy.

Other Qualification Requirements
  • CCS paneling is required for Physical Therapists functioning in a CCS-designated NICU. Paneling is required within 6 months of hire. Must complete Sharp neonatal training/competency program.

Essential Functions
  • Clinical resource
    Serves as clinical resource and contributes to professional development/education of staff members, other professionals and/or general public and provides training for staff in area(s) of expertise.
    Is consulted as a representative of his/her profession.
    Identifies pertinent clinical issues requiring education and participates in implementation of educational plan.
    Shares ideas therapeutic principles.
    Provides in-service/education program or training.
    Participates in student program.
    Presents/publishes clinical information.
  • Department development
    Actively participates in departmental goals and the advancement of department initiatives.
    Collaborates with department leadership in clinical and operational projects.
    Participates in departmental activities, such as CQI, staff meetings, and chart review.
    Participates in committees and system wide activities when requested as departmental representative.
    Participates in any plan to improve customer satisfaction including AIDET and SHARP EXPERIENCE.
  • Documentation
    Completes all documentation to meet regulatory and financial requirements.
    Documentation is completed in a timely, complete, legible, concise and accurate matter.
    Documentation follows Sharp HealthCare guidelines, professional guidelines, and meets third-party payor and regulatory requirements.
    Maintains records pertinent to departmental operations.
    Completes all documentation elements as appropriate (Interdisciplinary Plan of Care, Education record, billing, discharge plan, and others).
  • Operational efficiency
    Communicates patient care and departmental issues.
    Accepts changes and demonstrates flexibility when asked regarding work schedules and assignments.
    Completes additional assignments in a timely manner.
    Offers suggestions for resolving operational issues within the department.
    Provides unit specific information to students, floats, and travelers/registry personnel.
    Maintains departmental cleanliness and safety.
    Participates in interdisciplinary rounds, staffing and/or PT conferences as required at various levels of care.
    When functioning in NICU therapist will attend weekly NICU rounds as required.
  • Patient care
    Evaluates and treats neonatal and infant patients within the scope of care in a matter that is cost-effective and appropriate to the patient's diagnosis, age and culture, demonstrating clinical expertise and the acquisition and training of new technique.
    Designs, implements and evaluates treatment effect, recommending changes to physician as needed.
    Assesses patient pain that interferes with optimal level of function or participation in treatment; and provides intervention.
    Performs an appropriate assessment on all patients as related to the therapy requested and provides and reassesses as per policy.
    Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
    Formulates a teaching plan based upon identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning; family is included in teaching as appropriate.
    Demonstrates knowledge and safe use of modalities, equipment and therapeutic procedures.
    Coordinates and directs patient care to ensure patients' needs are met and hospital policy is followed.
    Completes development plan and performance is satisfactory.
    Participates in weekly team meetings and discharge rounds.
    Collaborates with Case Manager for referrals/transition of therapy needs with the local CCS Medical Therapy Program/Units for infants being discharged.

Sharp HealthCare is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability or any other protected class


California Licensed Physical Therapist (PT) - CA Physical Therapy Board; AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professional (AHA BLS Healthcare) - American Heart Association
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