PHYSICAL THERAPY AIDE Part Time Per Diem
We are looking for a Physical Therapy Aide with experience to join
our team! We are offering a Part-Time Per Diem position
placement at our outpatient facility in Santa Clarita.
Status: Part-time/Per Diem
As a practice committed to helping patients improve functional
mobility, we are always accepting resumes from
those therapy and administrative staff who pride themselves on
accepting new challenges and who have a strong
desire to help others. We only accept staff into our practice who
have the drive, passion, and enthusiasm for
helping the patients we serve.
Our focus is on delivering exceptional results and services,
learning new techniques, advancing our capabilities,
and of course, having an exceptional team environment! Our
expanding practice provides ample opportunities
for further education and career advancement.
The job description is as follows:
Administers and directs application of physical agents utilized in
physical therapy as prescribed by a referring
physician under the supervision of a Registered Physical Therapist
or a Physical Therapy Assistant. The
Physical Therapy Aide is responsible to the Director of Physical
Therapy, Staff Physical Therapists and the
Physical Therapy Assistant. The Physical Therapy Aide has no
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB
1. After completion of the orientation checklist for Physical
Therapy Aide and under the supervision of the
Registered Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapy Assistant, the
Physical Therapy Aide:
a. Administers physical therapy agents, assists with therapeutic
exercise programs and assists with ambulatory
procedures as indicated.
b. Explains what patients should feel and precautions to be alerted
to. It is imperative to have both receptive and
expressive command of the English language.
c. Checks frequently on patient during treatment period to satisfy
d. Returns equipment and supplies to proper storage area. Makes
treatment table ready for next patient if OutPatient.
2. Discusses condition and treatment course of patient with either
a Registered Physical Therapist of a Physical
3. Documents per S-O-A-P method in Out-Patient Charts which are
co-signed by either a Registered Physical
Therapist or a Physical Therapy Assistant.
4. Ensures compliance with policies and procedures regarding
department operations, hospital, fire, safety and
5. Maintaining standards as set down by the American Physical
Therapy Association regarding treatment
procedure and professional ethics.
6. Must be familiar with review, and practice Universal Precautions
and Hazardous Material Protocol.
7. Is knowledgeable of the five age categories, i.e., infant,
child, adolescent, adult and geriatric.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
1. One year experience in an acute hospital Physical Therapy
Department is desirable.
2. On the job training by a Registered Physical Therapist is
on-going, even after completion of the orientation
checklist for Physical Therapy Aide.
3. Must have a good knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and the
effect of treatment procedure on the
body function and structure.
4. Must have basic knowledge of disease process in the human body,
causative factors and values of physical
therapy agents in its relief.
5. Must have knowledge of machine or equipment operation and the
maintenance of the same.
6. Must be able to apply the modalities used in physical therapy
with knowledge of their effect.
7. Must have full knowledge of sterile techniques and its
modification on physical therapy as detailed in the
Infection Control Manual.
8. Must be familiar with the hospital policies, functions and
procedures relative to physical therapy and related
9. Must have current CPR Card.
1. Verbal ability is necessary (both receptive and expressive) to
understand oral and written instructions stated
in the physical therapy and medical terminology and to exchange
such information with patients and physical
a. English language is imperative - the hospital does have a list
of interpreters to assist with patient needs.
2. Written communication is necessary for daily documentation in
the patient's chart and for patient education
as needs dictate.
3. Ability to interact well with other physical therapy department
personnel, hospital staff and patients;
a. Sensitive to patients' psychological and physiological needs to
facilitate the rehabilitation process.
4. Ability to work with people and maintain control during critical
N.B. Hospital Codes varies from facility to facility.
a. Code Blue
b. Code Strong
c. Code Red
5. Proper telephone etiquette and demeanor is to be maintained at
6. Ability to properly schedule Out-Patient appointments so as to
maximize physical therapy staff efficiency.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORKING CONDITIONS
1. The nature of Physical Therapy may make heavy physical demands
upon personnel. It is imperative that staff
members be in good physical condition and have an excellent grasp
of proper body mechanics.
2. Types of activities required in rendering physical therapy may
include, but are not limited to the following:
a. Sitting e. Squatting i. Pushing m. Carrying
b. Walking f. Climbing j. Pulling
c. Standing g. Kneeling k. Reaching
d. Bending h. Thrusting l. Lifting
All of these may be compounded when a patient or piece of equipment
needs specific activity done to facilitate
proper rendering of physical therapy.
3. Near visual acuity and depth perception are required to properly
render physical therapy.
4. Hand manipulation is required:
a. Sample grasping - holding onto linen supplies, carrying light
objects (up to 10 lb.), or holding a bottle of
lotion for either a massage or ultrasound therapy
b. Power grasping - holding, carrying and setting up traction
equipment; lifting patients needed (up to 450 lb.)
using team lift effort when necessary.
c. Pushing and Pulling - most of our heavier equipment is on
rolling charts, we do assist nursing staff with
moving beds (with or without patients) up to about 1200 lb. (a
patient in either Clinitron or Flexicare Bed).
d. Fine manipulation is required for proper massage technique;
joint mobilization; application of TENS
electrodes, application of specific braces and other orthopedic
5. The nature of physical therapy does require staff to reach for
items (linen and supplies) that are located above
the shoulder and below the shoulder.
6. The nature of physical therapy does require much lifting and
positioning of patient in order to properly render
a. The patient's diagnosis will help determine the needed
requirements of each patient; i.e., CVA; fractured hip;
marked obesity; Alzheimer disease.
b. The patient's ability to follow commands also enters into the
amount of lifting and positioning required.
7. Patient weight ranges up to 450 lb.; equipment weight ranges up
to 150 lb.
8. The nature of physical therapy does expose the staff to
infectious diseases; cleaning agents and possibility of
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