Physical Therapist Assistant

Northern Light Inland Hospital | Waterville, ME

Posted Date 1/11/2019
Description Schedule: Regular Full-time
Shift: Day/Evening
Hours: days/evenings

The Physical Therapist Assistant is unable to interpret physician referrals, perform evaluative procedures, initiate treatment or assume responsibilities for planning patient treatments.

Is Responsible for administering physical therapy modalities of treatment as supervised by the staff physical therapist. Administers treatments and physical agents as directed by the staff physical therapist, after the physical therapist has evaluated the patient. The PTA assists with restoration of patient functioning to prevent disability following injury, disease or physical disability. Assists patients to reach their maximum performance and level of functioning, while learning to

live within the limits of their capabilities. The PTA participates in operational aspects of the department, maintains performance improvement activities within the department and participates in activities. Participates in all infection control, departmental equipment training, organizational safety and fire safety programs.


Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas:

1. Responsible for providing treatment as directed by the Staff Physical Therapist. Adheres to standards of occupational medicine practice.

2. Ability to observe and evaluate treatment effect, discusses observations with Staff Physical Therapist.

3. Ability to perform components of an appropriate assessment on all patients as related to the therapy requested and provided and reassessments as per policy. This includes neonate, pediatric, adolescent, geriatric patients and the general patient population.

4. Assists with formulation of a teaching plan based upon identified learning needs and assesses effectiveness of learning, family is included in teaching as appropriate. Staff Physical Therapist is appraised of conclusions.

5. Demonstrates knowledge of physical therapy modalities.

6. Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial needs of patients and family.

7. Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly. Maintains department cleanliness and safety.

8. Interacts professionally with patient/family and involves patient/family in the formation of the plan of care.

9. Communicates appropriately and clearly to physicians, facility staff and members of the department.

10. Coordinates and assists with directing patient care to ensure patient's needs are met and facility policy is followed.

11. Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.

12. Maintains a good working relationship both within the department and with

13. Consults other departments as appropriate to collaborate in patient care and performance improvement activities.

14. Documentation meets current standards and policies.

Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas:

1. Assists in ordering supplies, maintains adequate PAR levels to assure all supplies and equipment is readily available.

2. Participates in all infection control, departmental equipment training and organizational safety and fire safety programs.

3. Participates in educational staff performance improvement inservices. Assists with orientation and in-service training for certified department staff members, participates in guidance and educational programs.

Professional Requirements:

1. Adheres to dress code, appearance is neat and clean. Adheres to CSI standards of conduct.

2. Completes annual educational requirements.

3. Maintains current knowledge of hospital policy; JCAHO/AOA, federal and state regulations and standards.

4. Maintains patient confidentiality at all times.

5. Reports to work on time and as scheduled; completes work within designated time.

6. Wears identification while on duty; Signs in and out in RehabWorks department daily.

7. Completes in-services and returns in a timely fashion.

8. Attends annual review and departmental in-services, as scheduled.

9. Attends meetings as assigned.

10. Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.

11. Complies with all organizational policies regarding ethical business practices.

12. Actively participates in performance improvement activities.

13. Communicates the mission, ethics and goals of the facility, as well as the focus statement of the department.

14. Complies with Inland Hospital Hand Hygiene Standards.

15. Adheres to Inland Hospital Standards of Behavior.

16. Performs other essential duties as assigned.

Language Skills:

· Ability to read and communicate effectively in English.

· Additional languages preferred.

· Strong written and verbal skills.


· Basic computer knowledge

· Basic knowledge of physical medicine, occupational therapy modalities, anatomy and physiology.

· Basic knowledge of physical therapy machine operation, maintenance and repairs of same.

· Will abide by the Hospital Standards of Conduct


The Assistant may be exposed to a variety of sick and injured persons with the potential of exposure to blood and other body fluids. There is also a limited potential of exposure to potentially dangerous substances such as cleaning fluids and medications on nursing floors, as well as in the RehabWorks Clinics. There is a limited potential of electrical or water hazards. At times, long and irregular hours are necessary, and frequently, work is performed in a stressful atmosphere. There is a moderate risk of injury to all body parts. The assistant performs job tasks in outpatient clinics, inpatient rooms, patient's homes, long-term and skilled nursing facilities and various settings for worksite evaluations.


Work involves standing and/or walking approximately 75% of the time or greater. Intermittent exertion of moderate physical effort is often required for positioning, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling. Visual and auditory acuity is required, as well as good overall physical fitness and emotional well being.


1. Maintain a safe environment which includes knowing and understanding hospital and departmental policies and procedures.

2. Report and directly address identified environmental hazards when appropriate.

3. Report and directly address violations of patient safety policy and/or protocol when involved or observed.


Failure to follow established procedures could result in a variety of physical injuries including; needle sticks, back injury, electrical shock, chemical exposure, etc.


If policies and procedures are adhered to, there should be minimal probability of errors.


This is a non-supervisory position, however, may guide and direct PTA students and entry level P.T.A.'s. PTA's can be responsible for the activities of the P.T. aides.


· AA degree from a school or college approved by the American Physical Therapy Association.

· Holds current certificate as Physical Therapy Assistant.

· Current BCLS (CPR) certification.

· Must possess a current State of Maine license to practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant.


Must be a graduate of N AMA APTA certified program for Physical Therapist Assistants.


Not required, but highly recommended.

Equal Opportunity Employment
Geographic Region
Kennebec Valley

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