Dynamic outpatient position at New Mexico's only Level 1 trauma center and the state's only teaching hospital. The successful applicant will provide services in our main outpatient rehabilitation department with an orthopaedic and primary care focus, and with our Chronic Pain and Spine program. As a member of the UNMH outpatient team, you will be part of a rehab department encompassing highly trained and specialty certified O.T.s and P.T.s. You will also work with P.T.A.s to optimally meet the needs of our clients. Educational opportunities abound. Many of our therapists also teach in the UNM Physical Therapy and/or Occupational Therapy educational programs. We also support a strong student internship program. Minimum of two years' experience preferred. Strong manual therapy and exercise prescription skills also preferred.
Organize and deliver medically-prescribed physical therapy to restore function and prevent disability following disease, injury or loss of a body part. Ensure adherence to Hospitals and departmental policies and procedures. Patient care assignment may include Neonate, Pediatric, Adolescent, Adult, and Geriatric age groups.
THERAPY - Evaluate patient to determine treatment goals; outline delivery of therapy according to assessed needs; plan therapy program involving physical means to include exercise, massage, heat, sound, water, light, and electricity
EVALUATION - Apply methodology for evaluation of functional ability
CONSULTATION - Consult with medical staff on patient care
EDUCATION - Educate patient in use of specialized equipment, posture control, and therapeutic procedures
INSTRUCTION - Instruct caregivers on prescribed physical therapy regimen; instruct patients and caregivers on home and personal safety in various environments
THERAPY - Adapt therapy techniques to meet patient needs
TRAINING - Conduct training for medical, nursing and ancillary personnel in therapy techniques and objectives; provide clinical direction through mentoring, planning and implementing staff in-service training
SUPERVISION - Supervise and instruct Physical Therapy students and volunteers as delegated; delegate patient treatment responsibilities to ancillary staff as appropriate
DOCUMENTATION - Document all patient care activities; process patient billing
MODIFICATIONS - Assess home environment for modifications; make recommendations on modifications needed to maximize daily living activities
SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT - Order supplies and equipment
INSURANCE - Complete insurance documentation as required
CUSTOMER/STAFF RELATIONS - Establish and maintain good rapport and effective working relationships with patients, visitors, physicians and Hospital employees
DEVELOPMENT - Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, reading current literature, attending in-services, meetings and workshops
PATIENT SAFETY 2 - Demonstrate proactive approach to patient safety by seeking opportunities to improve patient safety through questioning of current policies and processes
PATIENT SAFETY 3 - Identify and report/correct environmental conditions and/or situations that may put a patient at undue risk
PATIENT SAFETY 4 - Report potential or actual patient safety concerns, medical errors and/or near misses in a timely manner
PATIENT SAFETY 5 - Encourage patients to actively participate in their own care by asking questions and reporting treatment or situations that they don't understand or may "not seem right"
Bachelor's Degree in related discipline
CPR Certification for Healthcare/BLS Providers or for Professional Rescuers or must obtain within 30 calendar days of date of position
One of the following:
Physical Therapist License by the New Mexico Physical Therapist Board
Temporary Physical Therapist License by the New Mexico Physical Therapist Board; Obtain permanent license within 3 months of position
Experience Requirements - Preferred:
Bilingual English/Keres, Tewa, Tiwa, Towa, Zuni, or Navajo
1 year directly related experience
Physical Demands Requirements:
Heavy Work: Exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects or people. Physical Demand requirements are in excess of those for Medium Work.
Tuberculin Skin Test required annually
Working Conditions Requirements:
Med Haz: Mod exposure to chemicals, dangerous equipment and/or materials requiring basic safety precautions