- Job Title
- Physical Therapist
- Job ID
- Washington, DC 20060
- Other Location
With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.
Howard University Hospital seeks to hire a Physical Therapist who will embrace our reach and historic tradition of excellence. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference.
The Physical Therapist:
- Gathers and assures confidentiality of information necessary to properly evaluate and treat referred patients
- Performs complete initial Physical Therapy evaluation on patients referred by physicians or departmental protocol.
- Develops and implements treatment plans and programs for patients based on diagnostic and prognostic neuro-muscular assessment.
- Develops treatment plans and programs for patients including long term and short term goals. Obtains approval from referring physicians prior to commencing treatment.
- Provides information to the medical staff and other health personnel which may cause required modifications of treatment prescriptions and/or plans and goals.
- Participates in departmental patient care conferences.
- Administers and monitors a variety of modalities of treatment (i.e. whirlpools, diathermies, hydro-collators, ultrasound, manual and electrical muscle and nerve testing and stimulation).
- Presents patients with recommendations for equipment and/or assertive devices and instructs patients/families in the use and maintenance of adaptive appliances.
- Coordinates home programs and referrals for community services through social services and/or the manager of Physical Therapy.
- Maintains appropriate records on all patients, noting prescription of therapy, patient problems, patients reactions to treatment, treatment plans, goals and other necessary observation relative to the treatment process.
- Presents progress reports to supervisor and or manager for review and charting.
- Reports patient progress in divisional staff meeting, patient rounds and specialty rounds.
- Obtains supplementary information to be used to modify treatment and/or make referrals to other appropriate disciplines.
- Participates in quality assessment programs/activities and in-service continuing education programs
- Assures neatness, orderliness and safety of patients and staff in the therapeutic environment.
- Provides guidance to less experienced therapists, assistants, aides and volunteers and where practical, delegates a portion of treatment programs.
- Participates in community educational activities or service programs regarding issues of Physical Therapy as required.
- Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
- Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
- Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
- Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
- Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
- Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
- Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area. The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
- Knowledge of clinical and fiscal data collection and reporting.
- Ability to establish treatment priorities and exercise independent and ethical judgment in execution of therapeutic programs and plans of care.
- Ability to assess patients with a variety of maladies.
- Ability to adapt standard Physical Therapy techniques to needs of special populations.
- Must possess good physical and mental health and the manual dexterity for performing standard Physical Therapy procedures and handling equipment.
- Competence in both oral and written English.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
Qualified candidates will possess:
- Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from an institution accredited to the Committee on Accreditation in Education, American Physical Therapy Association.
- Completion of a clinical internship in Physical Therapy.
- Licensure or eligible for licensure to practice in the District of Columbia.
- Special expertise in management of a specialized type of disability, e.g. cardiovascular, neurological, etc is desirable.
At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:
Work life balance
Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation, sick leave, and 403B retirement plan)
100% free tuition to attend Howard University for you and/or your dependent children
- Required Skills
Basic functions include performing evaluations/assessments of referred patients for physical therapy, formulating and implementing treatment plans according to departmental protocol.