This position is located in the Geriatrics and Extended Care Service at the VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System, Saint Joseph, Missouri. The incumbent primarily responsible for evaluating, planning and implementing the treatment program for patients with various disabilities and medical conditions. Duties include but are not limited to the following: Clinical The age of patients receiving care ranges from young adult to geriatric. Age-related, cultural and developmental needs of patients will be recognized at all times. Provides Physical Therapy based on best practices to home based primary care patients with a variety of disabilities. Many cases are complex including patients with acute or chronic stroke, Parkinsonism, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and musculoskeletal pathologies including pre-operative and post-operative patients. Employs techniques to enlist patient participation and adapts equipment and procedures to carry out a full range of complex treatment activities. Performs patient assessments and develops treatment plans of care while incorporating diagnostic test results and modifying treatment plans as appropriate. Ability to teach the veterans at their level of understanding complex exercises for a home program. Teaching includes the proper use of TENS units and walk aide stimulators. Demonstrates advanced knowledge of contemporary Physical Therapy across multiple areas of practice and applies this while providing clinical guidance to other staff Physical Therapists. Has the ability to monitor and evaluate clinically appropriate treatment programs with great autonomy. Demonstrates skill in coordination of clinical activities within the physical therapy section. Demonstrates the ability to assist in Physical Therapy program development, outcome management and strategic planning. Also has skill in acting as a liaison between staff therapists and supervisor. Demonstrates ability to provide professional oversight and consultation for staff therapists. Coordinates clinical activities within Physical Therapy section. Administrative Schedules, assesses, and implements the delivery of Physical Therapy services at VA EKHCS, pro-actively identifying areas in need of improvement. Informs supervisor of equipment and supply needs in the department. Monitors equipment performance for safety and repair needs. Contributes to the development and monitoring of the quality assurance program to monitor quality of care and/or effectiveness of treatment. Collects and compiles appropriate data for statistical and narrative reports Assures all documentation is performed in a timely fashion. Customer Service Responds to requests from patient, families, visitors and co-workers in a prompt and friendly manner. Relationships with supervisors and co-workers are cooperative and polite, contributing to the overall effectiveness of organizational goals and customer satisfaction. Obtains feedback from patients, families, visitors and co-workers to contribute to the overall effectiveness of a customer driven organization. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.