Senior Neuro Physical Therapist


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  • MedStar National Rehabiliation Network (MNRN) at Washington Hospital Centeris currently seeking a highly motivated Acute Care Neuro Senior Physical Therapist who will be responsible for supervising a team of 4 – 5 Physical Therapists.
  • The Neuro Senior provides mentoring and clinical growth for Physical Therapists (PT) in the area of stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), general neurological patient populations, neurosurgery, general medicine and surgery. Clinically, the senior will provide physical therapy services to these same patient populations in the ICU, IMC and regular unit settings. The Neuro Senior has a leadership role in program development for key neuro initiatives, such as development of standardized protocols or guidelines for the management of stroke or TBI patient populations. The NeuroSenior can also participate in mentoring MNRN / GWU neuro residents as they complete the acute care portion of their residency. There is strong support for clinical advancement through continuing education and / or sitting for the APTA Neurologic Clinical Specialist examination.
  • Job Summary
    • Responsible for initial assessment, re-assessment, treatment planning, treatment implementation, reporting and documentation of all referred patients within departmental and professional standards. A senior clinician is a proficient clinician. Tolerates uncertainty and ambiguity. Relies on intuition. Identifies when clinical presentation does not “match” patterns previously. Integrates information from multiple sources for clinical practice. Committed to reflection and professional development of self and others.
  • Minimum Qualifications
    • Education/Training
      • Graduate of an accredited school of Physical Therapy. Bachelor’s, Certificate, basic level Master’s degree or entry level Doctorate in Physical Therapy.5 contact hours above the minimum CEUs to maintain therapist license.Attend leadership-based continuing education.
    • Experience
      • Graduate of an accredited school of Physical Therapy.

        Bachelor’s, Certificate, basic level Master’s degree or entry level Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

        Professional competency as a general practitioner of Physical Therapy.

        Demonstrated independent use of varied evaluation and treatment approaches.May be developing advanced level competencies in one or more aspects of Physical Therapy.

        Five years clinical experience in rehabilitation or acute care recommended, two years as senior or equivalent recommended2 advanced CE/Certification in area of expertise.

    • License/Certification/Registration
      • Maryland, District of Columbia (DC), and/or Virginia licensure required as deemed necessary for your specific location(s). American Heart Association’s BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR certification required.
    • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
      • 3 identified areas of advance practice. Presents at department/team in-services, in-services outside of the department and outside of the hospital.
  • Primary Duties and Responsibilities
    • Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.

      CLINICAL SERVICES & DOCUMENTATION: Provides effective and efficient care. • Demonstrates ability to complete evaluation and treatment in area of specialty with moderate to complex patients• Completes a minimum of cardiac, orthopedic, stroke and basic ICU competencies and an additional 2 competencies if these are not your area of specialty• Demonstrates autonomy in clinical practice and clinical reasoning is guided by analytical and/or intuitive processes to maximize patient outcomes and safety.• Maintains accurate and timely documentation to include clinical interventions provided, discharge and equipment recommendations, charges, and discharge recommendations. • Writes legible progress notes or other documentation which accurately reflects treatment received. • Accurately reports type of services provided to each patient daily and submits in a timely manner.

      PRODUCTIVITY AND TIME MANAGEMENT: Demonstrates effective time management and meets productivity expectations. Meets productivity targets for work area established by supervisor. Adheres to a schedule. Is timely, punctual and is prepared for meetings.

      TEAM/DEPARTMENT INVOLVEMENT: Participates in department/service/ team specific decision making and problem solving that impacts patient care. • Leads program development in area of specialty collaborating with Senior and Management• Develops and/or reviews clinical protocols in area of specialty practice• Participates in team conferences and family conferences as appropriate.• Collaborates interventions with other team members using an interdisciplinary approach. • Identifies opportunities for process improvement, task force, special project, evidence based practice (EBP) project, action planning or research that impacts patient care.

      DEVELOPMENT: Participates in development activities for continued professional growth for self and staff under their supervision. • Takes responsibility for staff under their supervision including but not limited to providing regular feedback during individual or team meetings, completing co-treatments to develop staff competence, and contributing feedback for mid-year and annual performance appraisals• Takes initiative in pursuing and directing continuing education for professional growth and competency for self in area of specialty and others under their supervision.• Actively supports the department goals and mission and assists in achieving the strategic plan including generating ideas and solutions to managing department needs• Participates in development and implementation of goals/objectives for the program area as delegated by Clinical Supervisor or Management. • Participates in clinical, administrative and program development including but not limited to data collection, and improvement implementation to assure quality outcomes.• Leads or collaborates with others peer on process improvement initiatives on a regular basis and for special projects as assigned. • Under guidance of management, acts as a resource to staff outside the department in area of specialty.• Shows interest in broadening knowledge in areas outside clinical practice (i.e. management or other courses)

      MENTORSHIP and LEADERSHIP:• Works to assist assigned staff meet individual goals• Leads in-services and contributes to staff training in area of specialty • Reviews and develops department clinical policies with Management in area of clinical specialty• Initiates/plans special projects within area of clinical specialty• Serves as a resource outside department in area of clinical specialty• Assists Clinical Supervisor with team supervision and management. Fulfills duties of Clinical Supervisor as needed. Participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams as appropriate. Participates in meetings, serves on committees and represents the department and hospital/facility in community outreach efforts as appropriate. Performs other duties as assigned.

About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.

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