Physical Therapist, Certified Wound Specialist Advanced Clinician

Full Time, Clinical

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital opened in 1958 as the first free-standing rehabilitation hospital in Philadelphia. The Hospital has over 600 employees and is nationally recognized for outstanding programs in physical and cognitive rehabilitation, with comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury. Magee serves as the federally designated Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of Delaware Valley. Only 14 such centers exist in the country. Magee is a founding member of The Christopher Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network, which provides state of the art rehabilitation therapy.

Summary:

We are currently seeking a PT CWS Advanced Clinician to provide both clinical treatments of patients, as well as, clinical mentoring of staff therapists and nurses.  This role is integral to providing expert clinical services to people who are inpatient at the main hospital or seen in any of the Magee outpatient sites.  This employee will uphold the mission, vision, and values of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.

Essential Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for the examination of skin integrity and wounds; evaluation of the findings; development of prognosis and plan of care that may include debridement, advanced wound care dressings and interventions with subsequent documentation for patients seen while inpatient and/or outpatient at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Responsible for patient, caregiver, and staff education related to caring for a wound or preventative care
  • Responsible for understanding and maintaining current regulatory requirements for PT billing for outpatient evaluations and services
  • Member of wound care team responsible for initial evaluations of all new patients including: perform wound assessments for new admissions within 48 hours and for HAPUs within 24 hours
  • Provides ongoing guidance to primary OT and PT to discuss therapy activity modifications and promote wound healing
  • Promotes evidence-based practice related to wound evaluation, healing, and prevention
  • Assesses seating related wound issues to streamline seating clinic process
  • Performs telephone consults as per referral criteria, patient and staff need, in consult with attending physician
  • Assists Therapy Managers and Supervisors with staff OT and PT clinical mentoring. Provides performance appraisal information to Therapy Managers and Supervisors regarding clinical competency, carryover of recommendations and interpersonal skills of team members.
  • Assists Therapy Managers and Supervisors on all floors with OT and PT clinical mentoring, specifically for wound evaluation and treatment, modality use, and dressing recommendations.
  • May participate in clinical educational programs. Provides daily guidance and skill demonstration for staff members.  Coordinates and teaches a variety of interdisciplinary clinics, rounds, and/or classes within specialty area.  Provides suggestions to Therapy and Nursing leadership regarding staff development.  Educates new staff on best practices and wound prevention strategies.  Partners with front-line staff for equipment audits (mattresses, linen layers, etc.).
  • Collaborates with Inpatient Seating Clinic to ensure patients are set up safely in wheelchairs to minimize the risk of skin breakdown
  • Collaborates with manufacturing reps and vendors to maintain current working knowledge of available and emerging modalities related to wound care
  • Participates in weekly skintegrity and surgical rounds on each floor, hospital-wide interdisciplinary wound teams, daily PIAG, and bi-weekly CERC meetings, as needed
  • Maintains current level of understanding and working knowledge of CMS regulatory guidelines and updates staff so all standards are current
  • Attends annual WOCN, NPUAP, and wound-related conferences
  • Completes at least one abstract annually for a poster or platform presentation at a national conference (APTA, ASCIP, WOCN, NPUAP, ASIA, etc.)
  • Maintains current stock of modalities used to promote wound healing, communicates closely with manufacturing reps to obtain demos to trial, assists leaders with annual Capital budget ordering
  • Assists with staff education (OT, PT, nursing, CM, therapy aides, new staff orientation; provides at least 2 clinical skills annually skin protection and modality use to promote wound healing, provides at least one therapy staff in-service annually, leads skin champion training, bi-annual competency fair, resident lectures, etc.)
  • Actively participates on at least one programmatic or hospital-wide initiative annually (i.e. Innovation team, BEST, etc)
  • Trouble shoots (phone calls, vendor questions, facilitate communication between nursing, CM, PT, OT, equipment office, vendor, insurance)
  • Timely interdisciplinary communication (i.e. responding to e-mails within 24 hours)
  • Must be diligent with recording, tracking and measuring outcomes/data related to wound care/prevention
  • Demonstrates proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, and other database programs
  • Provides up to 25% direct patient care responsibilities in traditional OT or PT treatment sessions including week day and weekend coverage (i.e. coverage, but not carrying own caseload)
  • Weekend and holiday requirements for physical therapy evaluations or admissions.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, stoop, and lift in order to effectively treat patients.
  • Must be able to exert 50 pounds of force while lifting patients and/or devices or have reasonable accommodations.
  • Must be able to have sufficient standing balance to guard ambulatory patients.

Other Accountabilities:

  • Acts as the Physical Therapy clinical expert and mentor in the specialty area and as such, is responsible for ensuring that treatment techniques, equipment, staff education and performance, patient programs, and other resources are current and state of the art.
  • Represents specialty area and acts as a consultant to medical staff, patients, hospital personnel, general public/community, insurance representatives and case managers, and equipment specialists. Assumes responsibility for upgrading knowledge and applies information to the job situation.
  • Provides discipline and program specific orientation for new staff and students, when applicable. Demonstrates familiarity and is able to direct others in hospital emergency plans, program, and discipline specific policies and procedures.
  • Takes the initiative to develop and implement projects and programs with Program Director, Director of Therapy, and Therapy and Nursing leaders. Attends all meetings relevant to the programmatic specialty.  Assists with development of policy and procedures and protocols.
  • May participate in clinical research, publication, and/or presentations.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstrates advanced clinical skills, knowledge, and competency in specialty area.
  • Possesses work skills, including effective communication, organization, initiative, interpersonal relations, and flexibility.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, or Doctorate from an accredited Physical Therapy program.
  • Valid Pennsylvania license in Physical Therapy; Must be CWS certified or actively working toward CWS certification with goal of attaining CWS certification status within one year of being in the position; lymphedema specialty certification preferred.
  • At least three years clinical experience in inpatient and/or outpatient neurorehabilitation.  At least two years of experience in the clinical supervision and/or direct mentoring of Physical therapy staff and students required.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Mail, Email or fax your resume to:
Human Resources
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
1513 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Employment@Mageerehab.org
Fax Number: (215) 587-9471