The Physical Therapy Assistant is located primarily in the Physical Therapy section of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) at the Jackson, TN Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), a part of the Memphis VA Medical Center. The Physical Therapy Assistant serves as an active team member in a comprehensive outpatient therapy program. The Physical Therapy Assistant provides treatment and promotes prevention, remediation, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic physical and psychosocial dysfunction. The Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) administers and monitors therapeutic interventions based on goals formulated by a Physical Therapist. The PTA conducts educational programs to support the needs of patients in both rehabilitation and various other programs within the facility. The duties and responsibilities of the position are carried out within the facility including clinical, administrative and patient care areas associated with PM&RS. The clinical and administrative functions of this position include, but are not limited to: Performs appropriate cleansing and re-processing of reusable medical equipment in compliance with VHA Directives and Standard Operating Procedures. Receives and interprets requests or instructions for procedures from the Physical Therapist. Plans and implements specialized treatment programs and applies physical therapy procedures to patients under the general supervision of a physical therapist. Completes a preliminary review/examination of patient data (including medical history), compiles and organizes pertinent information, and develops/presents a patient profile to be used in assessing patient's status. Assists therapist in development of a comprehensive specialized treatment plan that includes long- and short-term goals. Assists in the performance of, or independently performs, highly specialized and diversified treatment procedures. Administers non-complex active and passive therapeutic exercise. Modifies intervention environment, tools, materials, and activities in response to each veteran's response to treatment. Prepares and presents written and oral reports for fellow therapists and all other professionals concerned with the patient's care. Participates in family and multidisciplinary team meetings to identify patient's needs, report on patient's goals and progress and to assist in planning patient's treatment program. Consults with staff and resident physicians through patient presentations, attendance at ward rounds, specialty clinics and/or conferences, committee meetings. Responsible for maintaining open communication with and educating patients, families, Medical Center staff and others regarding the disability incurred, interventions used in reducing the disability, and management of any residual disability in the resumption of roles in the home and community environment. Keeps up-to-date with current trends in rehabilitation medicine/therapy through scheduled in-services, library resources, continuing education courses and hospital training and development workshops scheduled by the facility. Maintains timely and appropriate documentation of all progress notes, discharge notes (as appropriate), patient/family education, work load statistics, Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized 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.