POSITION: PHYSICAL THERAPY AIDE / TECHNICIAN
FUNCTION: To assist the clinical staff in the implementation and delivery of physical therapy services to patients in the most effective and efficient manner possible. Integral member of a team which seeks to focus on an excellent customer experience from beginning to end. Supports clinical staff and optimizes therapists’ time and attention with patients by preparing/cleaning treatment areas, equipment and materials and by performing designated tasks/procedures as directed by and under the direct supervision of a physical therapist. Occasionally supports administrative staff by providing interim office coverage, answering phones, scheduling appointments, and processing copayments at the direction of an administrative staff member.
REPORTS TO: The Owner and/or supervising physical therapist.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and protocols. Responsible for general cleaning and tidiness of the clinic and treatment rooms, including sanitizing of tables/equipment after each treatment and complying with regular schedule of cleaning/maintenance of specified equipment.
- Ensures operation of gym equipment by completing general preventive maintenance requirements, following manufacturer’s instructions, troubleshooting malfunctions, and notifying supervisor for repair needs.
- Ensure adequate laundry is clean, folded and available in gym and all treatment rooms at all times.
- Competently facilitates efficient and effective treatment to patients in accordance with the previously established Plan of Care developed by the PT and under the direct supervision, judgment and discretion of the PT.
- Maintains patient confidentiality and protects operations by adhering to clinic Notice of Privacy Practices.
- Promptly completes exercise flow sheets according to the established format in the clinic.
- Prepares patients for physical therapy treatment by welcoming, comforting, providing and/or assisting patient into physical therapy apparel, if applicable, taking vital signs.
- Assists and supports the PT by preparing patient for treatment by assisting with positioning, equipment preparation, positioning equipment for therapist access, and equipment setting adjustments as directed by the PT.
- Provides information to patients by answering basic questions and redirecting clinical questions to the PT.
- Prepares heat packs or ice packs, assists patients onto exercise equipment, monitors for safety, tracks repetitions, time and/or distance, guards patient performing prescribed exercises under the direct supervision of the Physical Therapist.
- Demonstrates proper use of equipment and performance of exercise routines under the supervision of the PT.
- Maintains clinic supply inventory by checking clinic stock to determine inventory level, anticipate needed supplies and notifying administrator of ordering needs.
- Supports administrative staff by providing occasional coverage for answering phones, scheduling/rescheduling appointments, processing copayments, general filing and other miscellaneous tasks.
- Participates in staff education, meetings, and quality improvement programs for patient care and staff development projects as directed by supervisor.
- Demonstrates teamwork, efficient multi-tasking and self-development motivation.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Minimum of a high school diploma required but strong preference given to individuals with a Bachelor’s Degree in health sciences, exercise physiology, or pre-PT. Prior experience in PT setting helpful and interest in health care field a must. Dynamic personality with good verbal communication skills required. Broad sports background a plus. Ability to spontaneously demonstrate adaptive strategies in order to successfully provide exceptional customer service. The PT Technician is specifically trained for all tasks expected and specific clinic duties will be supervised under the direction of the PT.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Continuously (c); Frequently (f); Occasionally (o); Rarely (r) Lifting (f) Crouching (f) Twisting (o) Carrying (f) Squatting (f) Fine Motor Activities (c) Reaching (f) Kneeling (r) Bending Forward (f) Pushing (o) Crawling (r) Sitting (f) Pulling (o) Balancing (r) Standing (f) Walking (f) Climbing (r)
HAZARDS: Subject to possible sprains, strains, shocks or burns, exposure to infectious diseases. Duties require extensive periods of standing, walking and stooping.
Contact: Virginia Center for Spine & Sports Therapy 2820 Waterford Lake Dr. St. 103 Midlothian, VA 23112 (804) 249-8277
Need an elective? Several seats are still available in ANTH 315 Human Evolution this fall! In this class, you’ll learn about how we hairless bipeds with the big brains emerged from the primate family bush. You’ll explore how we fit into that bush, and meet all your ancestors, from Ardipithecus to Zinjanthropus. The class will be shifting this Fall to take a more hands-on approach, which means less class time listening to lectures and more interacting with fossil casts and other specimens, and discussing some of the thorniest issues that human evolutionary scientists are working on. Sound good? Sign up for ANTH 315 today!
Want to help teach children about healthy lifestyle habits this summer? The Children’s Fitness Clinic at UVA Children’s Hospital is looking for volunteers to help with the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) program.
When: 9:00am-10:00am Monday-Friday June 11-15 July 16-20 July 30-Aug 3 *Pick which week you would like to volunteer. You are welcome to volunteer all 3 weeks. Where: The program will be at Greene County’s Youth Development Council’s Summer Day Camp in Ruckersville, VA. 1 day Training in Charlottesville at UVA Children’s Hospital
Volunteers are needed to help the Children’s Fitness Clinic (CFC) from UVA Children’s Hospital with an outreach program in Ruckersville, VA. Volunteers will receive training to help implement an obesity prevention program in a summer day camp. The Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) program is designed to teach elementary aged children about healthy nutrition and the importance of physical activity.
Volunteers are provided with 5 hours of training from the CFC’s Outreach Coordinator and Registered Dietitian. A fun and easy to follow curriculum is provided. The volunteers will go with the clinic’s outreach coordinator into the summer day camp in Ruckersville once a day, for one hour, for a week to provide the program. At each session you will teach interesting nutrition education lessons with cool props.
If interested in volunteering please contact Anna King, Outreach Coordinator today!
Progress Physical Therapy is hiring for two positions. Please click on the links below to find out more information. (www.progressphysicaltherapy.com)
PT tech 5.18 FT
ScribeAmerica; a company that hires and trains Medical Scribe for Physicians is looking to recruit students to work as Medical Scribes in Fishersville, New Market & Luray, VA. The scribe will work side by side with physicians assisting with documentation for each patient evaluated by the doctor. It is an exceptional opportunity for any student interested in medicine to gain first-hand experience following a physician.
The role of a scribe is to closely collaborate with their assigned physician by documenting the history of each patient evaluated, the doctor’s physical examination, the results of laboratory/radiological studies ordered, and the eventual diagnosis and disposition. Becoming a scribe provides the student with first rate exposure to medical terminology, disease processes, emergency procedures, medications, and the medical decision making process performed by the physicians.
This job is not for everyone; the complexity of the material and fast-paced environment necessitate that only the sharpest and most motivated students succeed as a scribe. They are looking for dependable and hard working employees that have a desire for an eventual career in medicine, or are interested in learning more about careers in medicine. There are multiple shifts, both day and night and each shift consists of following a single physician, usually lasting 8-12 hours. It is expected that each scribe can commit to 2 shifts per week for at least 2 years.
Paid classroom & clinical training is provided. The training is extensive and intense. Each employee will have multiple training sessions both in the classroom and the emergency department during which we teach the flow of the emergency room, extensive medical terminology, and appropriate medical/legal documentation.
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On Saturday, March 17th at 3 p.m. in Taylor Down Under, there is an event for Pantene Beautiful Lengths! A group of women are donating our ponytails to make wigs for people fighting cancer. Feel free to show up and support!
JMU Sigma Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma (National Health Honorary – student organization housed within the Department of Health Sciences) is working with the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia HPV Task Force (American Cancer Society) to co-host a free film viewing of the documentary, “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic”, which will be held on Thursday, February 22nd from 6-8pm. It will be shown in ENG/GEO 1301. Cervical Cancer Documentary Flyer