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Senior physical therapist inpatient p/t

Stanford Health Care

This is a Full-time position in Palo Alto, CA posted April 30, 2019.

Provides physical or corrective rehabilitation or treatment of any physical condition to patients to achieve and maintain highest functional level.

Treatments include the use of the physical, chemical and other properties of heat, light, water, electricity, sound and massage, gait and transfer training, and active, passive and resistive exercises.

Evaluates all patients referred to the physical therapy service, and treat patients according to a treatment plan which is agreed upon by the physician, patient and/or caregiver.

The Physical Therapist II is a senior therapist with expertise and experience in developing treatment plans for complex cases and for a wide variety of ages and diagnoses, utilizing and applying innovative and advanced skills and techniques to solve patient care needs in an accurate and efficient manner.

The Physical Therapist II takes a leadership role in multi-disciplinary care team discussions, representing and recommending the most appropriate treatment plan for the needs of the patient.

The Therapist serves as a clinical care advisor/guide to less experienced Therapists by answering questions, reviewing treatment plans and collaborating to develop and implement complex Physical Therapy care plans.

Supervises patient care responsibilities of Physical Therapy interns, Physical Therapy Assistants and duties of Rehabilitation Aide.

Participates in program development, performance improvement, development of departmental policies and procedures, and other specialized programs.

Completes required classes and in-service programs, which support work as Physical Therapists, as needed.

Essential Functions The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.

They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.

Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Performs complex patient care tasks under minimal supervision with advanced skills in clinical reasoning, problem-solving and treatment interventions.

Assesses and treats patients within the CA licensing Board and American Physical Therapy Association scope of practice, including but not limited to gait and transfer training, therapeutic exercise, functional mobility training, the application of modalities, wound care, and equipment procurement and training.


Provides direct patient care that meets department and professional standards of practice, including patient assessment, development of physical therapy care plan, patient treatment, family/caregiver training and discharge planning.


Examines, evaluates, and tests patients with mechanical, physiological and developmental impairments, functional limitations, and disability or other health and movement-related conditions.

Determines diagnosis of the physical impairments or movement-related functional limitations, prognosis, plan of therapeutic intervention and frequency/duration of intervention.


Designs, implements, and modifies therapeutic interventions to alleviate movement-related impairments, functional limitations and disabilities.

Selects and administers appropriate assessment and treatment techniques.

Performs age appropriate competency skills in area of practice and with respect to individual patient’s problems.


Evaluates for, recommends, applies and, as appropriate, fabricates movement related assistive, adaptive, protective, prosthetic and supportive devices and equipment, and trains patients in their use.


Participates in clinical teaching, including the clinical instruction of physical therapy interns/students and other staff.

Prepares and presents an in-service (at least one per year) at a department meeting.

Provides input regarding the educational needs of the staff and serves as a resource in meeting those needs.

With the support of the supervisor, may initiate clinical research within area of clinical expertise.

Provides mentoring to others when appropriate and serves as a role model/resource/teacher/mentor to less experienced occupational therapists 7.

Performs all necessary patient care documentation, including assessment, plan of care, progress notes, discharge summaries, and charges for evaluation and treatment.

Documentation reflects patient status, progress or change, participation by patient and family in goal setting and delivery of care.


Discharges patient from treatment when appropriate with adequate discharge planning including equipment procurement and family training, and communicates this appropriately to patient, family and health care team.


Organizes and maintains a patient caseload consistent with department productivity standards.

Schedules patients and informs supervisor if problems arise related to the delivery of patient care or caseload volume.

Ensures documentation and billing are timely, accurate and complete, including precautions, monthly and discharge summaries.


Initiates and participates in interdisciplinary care planning to meet the needs of each patient and family, including participation in rounds and patient care conferences, communicating with and teaching other care providers.

May contact community agencies as necessary to provide continuity of service between hospital and community.


Identifies departmental performance improvement issues and participates in performance improvement activities, e.g.

chart reviews, revision of documentation forms, workflow studies, etc.

Regularly re-evaluates patient care services and programs, and completes assignments in the departmental plan to improve services.

Contributes to the development of departmental policies and procedures.

Participates in new program development, for example by developing treatment protocols for new patient populations.


Identifies needs for equipment repair or upgrade to maintain quality of care.

Makes recommendations for selection and purchase of specific equipment and supplies.


Participates in Department, team, and discipline and/or unit meetings.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient’s rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Service Standards of the Hospital(s).

Equal Employer Stanford Health Care (SHC) strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment.

Accordingly, SHC does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above.

People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements.

Minimum Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education * Graduate of an approved Physical Therapy curriculum with either a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate Degree Experience * Two (2) years of clinical practice as Physical Therapist License/Certification * Licensed to practice Physical Therapy in the state of California by the Physical Therapy Board of California (Code: PT) * Current AHA/BLS for Health Care Provider required (Code: BLS) Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

* Knowledge of principles, methods, equipment and theory of the practice of physical therapy * Knowledge of pathologies and injuries that result in physical impairment * Knowledge of evaluation and treatment methodologies as applied to complex patients * Knowledge of regulatory practice requirements * Knowledge of legal issues affecting the practice of Physical Therapy; * Knowledge and adherence to Code of Ethics and performance standards as outlined by the APTA * Knowledge of basic principles of clinical supervision and clinical instruction.

* Knowledge of available equipment and vendors used in assigned area.

* Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional area.

* Ability to provide appropriate care and progress treatment based on professional standards of practice, and on the needs of the specific individual, including age, cultural and psychosocial issues, precautions and medical condition * Ability to utilize sound clinical reasoning to determine appropriate patient interventions; demonstrates good safety awareness, judgment and problem analysis and resolution.

* Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, clearly, concisely and effectively with patients, families, co-workers, visitors, supervisors and other health professionals * Ability to apply advanced clinical skills in treating difficult and complex cases * Ability to clinically supervise, train and evaluate students/interns.

* Ability to develop, implement and adapt treatment programs * Ability to evaluate patients and interpret clinical data and make clinical judgments * Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with others Physical The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing, walking considerable distances and occasional lifting of moderately heavy items such as lifting and positioning patients, and pushing patient care equipment.

The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities.

Must be able to lift 40 pounds.

Working Conditions The working conditions outlines the environment in which the employee will typically work.

Office and clinical environment, both inpatient and/or outpatient settings Able to work in a fast-paced high-volume environment with frequent interruptions.

Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens * Category I: Tasks involve exposure to blood, fluids or tissue