Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Physical Therapy Assistant - (1.0 FTE, Days) in Palo Alto, California

Clinical Services

1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shifts

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the heart and soul of Stanford Children’s Health. Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, our 311-bed hospital is devoted entirely to pediatrics and obstetrics. Our six centers of excellence provide comprehensive services and deep expertise in key obstetric and pediatric areas: brain & behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy & newborn, pulmonary and transplant. We also provide an additional, wide range of services for babies, kids and pregnant moms.

Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.

Under supervision, the Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) assists a Physical Therapist by administeringpatient treatment within the parameters of a specific treatment plan. The PTA participates in department and unit committees, including performance improvement activities and other duties and projects as assigned. May supervise PTA students. Physical Therapist Assistants assigned to treat pediatric patients at LPCH provide intervention to infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with disorders that affect development of motor and behavioral skills within the professional scope of practice.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patients rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance withNational Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Service Standards of the Hospital(s).

  • Applies therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound, hot and cold packs, and whirlpool; applies orthotics, prosthetics, corsets and elastic bandages.

  • Consults appropriately with the physical therapist to determine degree and extent of patient treatment required. Efficiently treats patients, documenting precautions and follow through, according to department standards.

  • Consults with physical therapist regarding changes in patient status that would impact treatment or discharge plan. Coordinates care of patient with team members and other health care professionals.

  • Ensures clear and accurate documentation and bills for treatment.

  • Follows up on outstanding issues, including phoning physician/resident to clarify precautions and appropriately follows up with supervising physical therapist.

  • Follows up with primary physical therapist to conduct patient conferences as needed or to co-sign notes on a daily basis.

  • In consultation with the physical therapist, discharges patient from treatment when appropriate with adequate discharge planning including equipment procurement and family training, and communicates this appropriately to patient, family and health care team.

  • Instructs and assists patients in practicing various functional activities; instructs patients in use of assistive devices (canes, walkers, crutches) and other aspects of gait training.

  • Treats patients within the professional scope of practice addressing, but not limited to gait and transfer training, therapeutic exercise, functional mobility, the application of modalities, equipment procurement and training, and wound care, under the direction of a physical therapist.

  • Utilizes appropriate hospital resources, clinical specialists, resource therapists and supervisors when appropriate for guidance and/or assistance with patient care.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: Requirement met by License/Certification Requirement

License/Certification: BLS - Basic Life Support

License/Certification: Physical Therapy Assistant in the state of California by the Physical Therapy Board of California (Code: PTA)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

  • Ability to provide appropriate care and progress treatment based on professional standards of practice, and on the needs of the specific individual, including age and developmental considerations, cultural and psychosocial issues, precautions and medical condition

  • Ability to work well with individuals at all levels of the organization

  • Knowledge and adherence to Code of Ethics and performance standards specific to the clinician's professional organization

  • Knowledge of available equipment and vendors used in assigned area

  • Knowledge of body mechanics and techniques for functional activities

  • Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional area

  • Knowledge of equipment and assistive devices used in physical therapy

  • Knowledge of procedures for a standard range of therapeutic exercises for increasing strength, range-of motion and endurance

  • Knowledge of procedures for gait training

  • Knowledge of therapeutic modalities used in physical therapy

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. REQNUMBER: 7572-1A