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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4193 - Physical Therapist

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Exempt
GRADE: 312

POSITION SUMMARY
Under direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in evaluating and treating residents in a physical rehabilitation program; supervises certified nursing and rehab aides (CNRA) in carrying out these programs; performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Employees in this class provide Care Center residents with physical rehabilitation programs.  Professional and technical advice and assistance are given to facility personnel; direction is received from the Manager of Rehabilitative Therapies as well as the attending physician.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Evaluates individual residents
• Determines appropriate treatment plans
• Implements treatment program providing direct physical therapy instruction to residents
• Participates in resident care conferences and interdisciplinary team meetings
• Works closely with facility in directing resident care and determining treatment and discharge goals and plans
• Maintains detailed progress notes and attendance figures
• Reevaluates residents as necessary and updates goals and programs
• Evaluates competencies of the certified nursing and rehab aides (CNRA) in the department
• Provides training to facility staff on body mechanics, lifting and related physical therapy techniques such as ROM, exercise, transfers, and ambulation
• Prepares statistical and narrative reports
• Resolves day to day resident/family concerns related to Physical Rehab (PR) programming
• Helps to prepare the departmental budget
• Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Adjusts work assignment or schedule in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment, may require emergency management training, licensure or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Modern methods, materials and equipment used in physical therapy
• The principles of department administration including the keeping of accurate medical records, and preparation of reports
• How to make residents feel comfortable
• Current office practices, procedures, and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Demonstrating and instructing facility staff in acceptable techniques in related resident care such as positioning, transferring, ROM, and ambulation
• Practicing physical therapy techniques
• Understanding, interpreting, and adopting a physician's written directions for physical therapy
• Planning, scheduling, and supervising the work of others
• Using computer hardware and software including work processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations, and services of office to which assigned

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Prioritize and assign work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Completion of a Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy and three years’ experience as a Physical Therapist preferably in long term care; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here 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 the essential functions.

Heavy Work:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands and/or arms to administer therapy programs, crouch or stoop, and lift and transfer up to 50 pounds independently on a continuous basis.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work will occur in an office and field environment and regularly include working with residents in the rehabilitation office.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
This position requires the possession of an Illinois Registered Physical Therapist's license.