The Jack C. Montgomery Veteran Health Administration in Muskogee, OK is hiring two physical therapists. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d). Education and experience: The individual must meet at least one of the requirements below: Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy AND five (5) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist. Master's degree in Physical Therapy AND two (2) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist. Doctorate degree in physical therapy. NOTE: Prior to 1995 the terminal degree for PT's was either a bachelors or master's degree. In 1995 CAPTE accredited all baccalaureate, master's, and Doctor of Physical Therapy terminal degree programs. Effective 2002, CAPTE changed its scope of accrediting activities of PT education programs to include only those programs that culminate in post-baccalaureate degrees(eliminating the baccalaureate degree). Effective 2015, professional physical therapy education programs have only offered the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree to all new students. Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign physical therapy programs meet the requirements in subparagraph 3b if they have a full unrestricted and current license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. The Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) is a non-profit organization created to assist the United States (U.S.) Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS) and U.S. state licensing authorities by evaluating the credentials of Foreign Educated Physical Therapists (FEPTs) who wish to immigrate and work in the U.S. Although the licensing of physical therapists in the U.S. is a right and responsibility of each jurisdiction, foreign educated individuals must undergo an educational credentials assessment for substantial equivalency to the first professional degree in the US. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) is committed to protect the public and to provide leadership within the field and practice of physical therapy. FSBPT's Foreign Educated Standards Committee has developed standards that represent "best practices" in evaluation services. The Credentials Evaluation Standards were developed with input from the physical therapy credentialing agencies that are licensed to use FSBPT's Coursework Tool. Licensure: Individuals hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Non-licensed PTs, who otherwise meet the basic requirements in this standard, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate PT at the GS-11 grade level under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a)(1)(D) for a period not-to-exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such PT provide care only under the supervision of a PT who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. NOTE. Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetency or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the state for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed physical therapists on VA rolls as of November 30, 1999, provided the individual maintains a continuous appointment and is not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification. Loss of Credential. A PT who fails to maintain the required license must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation, if qualified, and if a placement opportunity exists. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for appointment above, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates. GS-12 Physical Therapist (Full Performance Level)Education, Experience and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must possess one year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level, hold a valid unrestricted state license and demonstrate all the KSAs below: Demonstrated Knowledge Skills and Abilities: 1. Ability to make autonomous clinical decisions in a Direct Access environment. This includes ability to independently evaluate and treat patients who seek physical therapy services. 2. Skill in performing examinations and evaluations of individuals who have or may develop impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions related to conditions of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and/or integumentary systems while considering the effects attributable to unique psychosocial and environmental factors. 3. Ability to interpret findings from examination and evaluation, select appropriate test and measures, and integrate findings into the physical therapy plan of care for the full range of patient populations. 4. Ability to establish a diagnosis within the scope of physical therapy and identify the appropriate rehabilitation intervention, including referral to another provider for further consultation as clinically indicated. 5. Ability to determine physical therapy prognosis by incorporating examination findings with the patient's preferences in order to set clinically appropriate treatment goals, optimize outcomes and maximize functional independence. 6. Ability to independently provide clinical oversight of Physical Therapy Assistants as well as students on clinical affiliations who are in Doctoral PT Programs or PTA Programs. References: VA Handbook 5005/99, Part II, Appendix G12 Preferred Experience: Dry Needling The full performance level of this vacancy is a GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of a GS-11 to a GS-12. Physical Requirements: The incumbent of the position will meet and maintain physical and drug test program requirements for the position as required. There will be periods of walking and ambulating patients, providing patient transfers, some lifting of 50 pounds and supporting patients. ["The Physical Therapist is responsible for developing and administering treatment programs. In addition s/he is responsible for his/her own professional development, keeping current with treatment techniques. Clinical Assist and plans assessment and treatment interventions to inpatients and outpatients received through healthcare provider referrals and patient self-referrals. Accurately interprets providers consult instructions. Guided by differential diagnoses, PTs perform examinations and evaluations of individuals who have or impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions related to conditions of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and/or integumentary systems while considering the effects attributable to unique personal and environmental factors. Works closely with acute care physicians/medical social workers in making appropriate patient referrals to other disciplines in/outside rehabilitation medicine service. Provides home evaluations and makes recommendations to enhance accessibility and improve functional independence. Trains patient and family in safe operation and maintenance of home equipment. Triages consults to Physical Therapy for appropriateness and completeness prior to scheduling. Interpret findings from examination, diagnostic studies/medical tests and, during evaluation, develop and select appropriate clinical tests and measures, and then integrate findings into the physical therapy plan of care for the full range of patient populations. Coordinates scheduling for all consults for new patients. Coordinates with other sections and other services in PT treatment, treatment scheduling, and delivery of care. Serves as a consultant to PT staff and other hospital personnel in evaluating and planning PT treatment. Resolves problems that interfere with delivery of PT services. Individuals may perform ancillary assignments as deemed appropriate given the needs of the Service/Facility on an occasional basis, where the amount of work is not substantial (less than 25% of the duty time). Uses knowledge of evidence-based PT practice in clinical decision making. Utilizes creative thinking techniques in order to assess difficult clinical situations and exhibit flexibility in problem solving as required. Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, professionals, and other treatment team members including equipment vendors and prosthetics. Provides patient and family training in safe operation and maintenance of therapy home equipment. Maintains proper medical documentation and statistical records. Represents physical therapy at team rounds, family conferences, or discharge planning meetings. Provides support for routine department upkeep of supplies and equipment, insuring safety, and infection control. Represents the Physical Therapy Services within the PM&R Service at various clinical and administrative meetings at the discretion of the Supervisor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department. Participates in professional and departmental development. Including in-service education. Assists PM&R PT Department in performance improvement activities. Practices infection control. Performs Dry Needling (DN) to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue and diminish persistent peripheral nociceptive input, and reduce or restore impairments of body structure and function leading to improved activity and participation using safe DN practice which includes incorporating appropriate patient selection, creation of a safe and comfortable environment, appropriate needle technique, and appropriate monitoring of the patient both during and following treatment. Note, must be approved with appropriate training/certifications and privileged. VHA directive 1170.05 describes the Physical Therapy Practice. Administrative: The incumbent participates in the performance improvement of the Service. Ensures proper supply inventory equipment are maintained for patient treatment Maintains daily patient schedules The incumbent when expected to be on leave, training, and/or meetings will timely submit their clinic cancellation request through the Clinic Cancellation LEAF system. The incumbent will participate in developing Quality Improvement indicators. Carries out other job-related activities and special assignments as request by supervisor. Work Schedule: Full time, Monday-Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 623-51299-A Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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