Mercy Health

  • Physical Therapy Assistant | Per Diem | Days & Weekends

    Requisition ID
    Rehabilitation/Therapy Services
    Position Type
    Per Diem/Flex
    Days, Weekends
    Physical Therapy
  • Overview

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    We’re a Little Different


    Our mission is clear. We bring to life a healing ministry through our compassionate care and exceptional service.  


    We don’t believe in jobs at Mercy, we believe in careers that match the unique gifts of unique individuals; careers that not only make the most of your skills and talents, but also your heart.


    At Mercy, you’ll feel our supportive community every step of your day, especially the tough ones. We’re a team and love working that way. That team is expanding, and we currently have exceptional opportunities to help our communities grow.



    Responsibilities and Qualifications



    The home care physical therapy assistant (PTA) works under the supervision of a physical therapist to provide therapy services in patient's home. Treatments and physical agents are administer as prescribed by a referring physician in an effort to restore function and prevent disability following injury, disease or physical disability. The PTA assists patients to reach their maximum performance and level of functioning. The staff therapist participates in operational aspects of the department and performance and quality improvement activities within the department. The PTA will drive to patients homes to perform treatment and may complete other job duties as assigned.



    We’re all unique pieces of a puzzle at Mercy, connected together to create a beautiful picture of health. And being the perfect fit for your role requires a specific set of qualifications that you’ll bring with you:


    Education: Graduate of an approved Physical Therapy Assistant program.
    Licensure: Current Physical Therapy Assistant Licensure.Current valid driver's license.
    Certifications: Basic CPR certification. Valid drivers license and ability to drive.
    Other: Ability to effectively read and communicate in English.Basic computer skills.
    Preferred Education:
    Preferred Licensure:
    Preferred Experience: One year of clinical experience preferred. Home health experience preferred.
    Preferred Certifications:
    Preferred Other: Additional languages preferred. 




    Provides direct patient care in a personalized and compassionate manner utilizing the Physical Therapy Assistant Process:
    A. Successfully demonstrates proficiency of basic skills, equipment, and procedures, including unit specific skills.
    B. Follows physician's orders and plan of care established by a physical therapist.
    C. Uses the therapy process and critical thinking skills to provide care toward outlined goals.
    D. Provides physical therapy care on weekends when assigned.
    F. Reports patient condition/activity to Home Care Director, Clinical Coordinator and team members when appropriate.
    G. Maintains ability to drive, dependable transportation, and auto insurance.

    Documents in a manner which is complete, accurate and legible in all designated areas:
    A. Completes daily notes and communication notes.
    B. Assesses and documents patient condition per department policy and as changes occur.
    C. Completes documentation according to policy.
    E. Notifies nursing of medication changes and documents communication.
    F. Completes charting appropriately.
    G. Charting reflects implementation of plan of care.
    H. Patient education and response is documented.
    I. Physician orders are reviewed prior to home visit and care reflects current orders.
    J. Works with PT to update the plan of care per policy.
    K. Pain assessment and follow up is performed and documented per policy.
    M. Assists in training and orientation of students and new employees.
    N. Documents patient assessments and interventions at point of care on the laptop computer and transfers the information to the server twice daily.

    Communication skills as evidenced by:
    A. Communicates verbally and non-verbally in a concise, effective, and appropriate manner to colleagues, physicians, patients, and family/significant others:
    - Hand-off patient reports to colleagues are complete, concise, and accurate.
    - Communicates with dignity and respect to colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors.
    - Reports changes in patient condition to Physician, Physical Therapist, and Clinical Coordinator as appropriate.
    - Calls physicians as needed and has all required information available.
    - Communicates with insurance case managers as needed.
    - Notifies patients of anticipated visit schedule.
    B. Displays a positive attitude.
    C. Delegation: makes safe and appropriate requests of team and ancillary personnel and role models effective communication and behavior for team members.
    D. Collaboration/Coordination:
    - Ensures patient needs are met and adequate supplies available for upcoming visits.
    - Demonstrates cooperation and support as a team member.
    - Submits anticipated visits to scheduler weekly.
    - Coordinates care with ancillary services to schedule visits to facilitate completion and patient satisfaction.
    E. Education of patient and staff:
    - Acts as a change agent to facilitate new processes.
    - Evaluates knowledge and provides verbal and written instruction.
    F. Answers all pages and telephones promptly and professionally. Is able to answer questions or direct caller to appropriate personnel.

    Actively supports Performance Improvement initiatives by following home health policies, procedures, and programs; provides ongoing peer education (i.e., Customer Satisfaction, Physician Satisfaction, Co-Worker Satisfaction, and Process Improvement):
    A. Reports occurrences and events to Director, Clinical Coordinator and/or Nurse Case Manager.
    B. Reports allergic/adverse medication reactions to Clinical Coordinator and/or Nurse Case Manager.
    C. Adheres to Infection Control Policies.
    D. Adheres to Employee Health Policies.
    E. Participates in departmental and organizational process improvement activities.
    F. Performs record reviews and chart audits at least quarterly and as assigned.
    G. Understands and complies with organizational policies, procedures, Joint Commission standards, Arkansas Department of Health, applicable laws and regulations.

    Demonstrates behavior that is supportive of cost effective patient care:
    A. Sets priorities and utilizes time efficiently in order to complete work on time with least mileage.
    B. Ensures supplies used are properly charged and utilized.
    C. Maintains appropriate inventory of nursing supplies in car to decrease cost.
    D. Demonstrates work habits and demeanor which contributes to the efficient functioning of the department and performs duties as requested or required.
    - Is responsive to staffing needs of the department.

    Enhances professional growth and development:
    A. Attends education programs, mandatory inservices, workshops, and unit meetings.
    B. Seeks out and utilizes education from professional journals and other accepted resources.
    C. Incorporates knowledge obtained into practice patterns.

    Provides safe environment of care for patients, visitors, and staff:
    A. Identifies safety, infection control, and environmental hazards at work and/or the patient home and resolves and/or reports promptly.
    B. Demonstrates current knowledge of role in:
    - Disaster Plan including documentation.
    - Fire Safety
    - Standard Precautions
    - Hazardous Material Identification
    - Electrical Safety

    Provides age specific knowledge and skills where applicable. Works effectively with various cultures and ethnic groups.
    A. Uses appropriate tools and resources for age, cultural, or ethnic needs
    B. Care provided using age-appropriate modification of procedure and communication.



    We’ll Support You at Work and Home


    Our foundations are built on dignity and respect. Modern Healthcare Magazine named us as a “top 100 places to work.” We go out of our way to help people feel welcomed. We offer day-one comprehensive health, vision and dental coverage, PTO, and employer-matched retirement funds, even to part-time employees. We’re proud to provide tuition reimbursement to help you grow and learn new skills.


    What Makes a Good Match for Mercy


    Compassion and professionalism go hand-in-hand with us, along with exceptional quality care. Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision. We’re also collaborative and are not afraid to do a little extra to deliver excellent care – that’s just part of our commitment. If that sounds like a fit for you as well, we encourage you to apply.


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