Assigned to Assisted Early Mobility for Hospitalized Veterans (STRIDE) program and will assist the inpatient acute medicine physical therapy service as demand dictates. Will have specialized knowledge of anatomy, physiology, body mechanics and the effects and contraindications of the various modalities/exercise/mobility employed in a treatment plan obtained through formal training, competency review, and increased by working with experienced staff, equipment, and a variety of patients. 1. Following completion of an evaluation and establishment of a plan of care by a physical therapist, the physical therapist assistant (PTA) executes the plan and works towards accomplishment of the stated goals. 2. Works closely with the PT to implement elements of the STRIDE program. a. Walks daily with hospitalized Veterans b. Documents participation and progress c. Monitors Vitals d. Communicates with PT about progress, barriers, case load, etc. 3. Assists with morning preparations for Veterans on the inpatient rehab unit (CIIRP) a. This may include dressing, grooming, feeding and transport to the gym area to initiate treatment 4. The physical therapist assistant routinely carries out specialized and diversified treatment procedures, requiring both standard and non-standard approaches that have been established by the physical therapist. The incumbent must be able to make or modify changes in the program that will help patients achieve established goals based on guidelines established with the physical therapist. PTA's apply evidenced-based skilled interventions that may include the following: a. Functional mobility training b. Gait training c. Muscle flexibility and strengthening d. Therapeutic exercise e. Patient education f. Group therapies g. Wound care h. Patient positioning i. Posture j. Balance k. Body mechanics l. Issues and trains Veterans in adaptive equipment and prosthetic/orthotic items m. Instructs patients in principles of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and training n. Family and caregiver training o. Home exercise programs p. Administration of modalities 5. The physical therapist assistant draws upon a broad base of practical knowledge to the extent that s/he can function independently of the physical therapist to reach pre-determined patient goals. Through experience, medical knowledge and specialized training, the incumbent is readily cognizant of negative physiologic response during treatment procedures. 6. Makes recommendations to both physical therapist and other medical providers about need for additional services including discharge recommendations. 7. Communicates regularly with physical therapists about patient's progress, goals and outcomes. Also alert's referring PT staff about concerns or barriers noted. 8. Administers standardized tests (e.g. manual muscle testing, FIM reporting, Berg, Oswestry, etc). 9. Monitors, documents, and reports vital signs and patient response to treatment. 10. Modifies treatment approaches within the scope of the established treatment plan to reflect Veteran's changing needs. 11. Documents the outcome of treatment in the medical record using appropriate language. Work Schedule: Tuesday - Saturday 07:30am -4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.