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Providence Physical Therapy Assistant in Burbank, California


Providence is calling a Physical Therapist Assistant (Full time/Day shift) to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank CA.

We are seeking a Physical Therapist Assistant who will provide skilled physical therapy services under the direction of a Registered Physical Therapist according to the attending physician's Plan of Care.

In this position you will:

  • Assessment:

  • Assess the patient's ability to participate in the physical therapy plan of treatment

  • Assess the patient’s compliance with the HEP

  • Assess the patient’s level of pain on every visit

  • Planning:

  • Establish plan for the next visit and schedules the visit accordingly

  • Implementation:

  • Apply principles of infection control in all care

  • Teach the patient and/or family members HEP

  • Perform technically precise therapy interventions in accordance with best practices

  • Ensure that physician orders are present for all services

  • Notify physical therapist of changes in patient status

  • Perform procedures, treatments and training as specified in a care plan established by the Registered Physical Therapist including:

  • Muscle re-education and progressive muscle strengthening exercises

  • ROM and functional mobility training

  • Gait training, coordination and balance exercises

  • Posture and breathing exercises

  • Application of physical modalities

  • Bed mobility, transfers and wheelchair training

  • Set up and maintenance of equipment

  • Evaluation:

  • Evaluate effectiveness of care provided

  • Include patient/family in evaluating effectiveness of care

  • Documentation:

  • Document all contacts with patients, family, caregivers, physicians and team members

  • Document patient/family response to teaching

  • Documentation reflects knowledge/application of reimbursement requirements

  • Documentation is complete, clear and concise

  • All documentation is completed in a timely manner as defined by PVNA policy

  • Patient Data Security:

  • Lock devices when not in use to prevent unauthorized viewing.

  • Shut down the laptop at the end of the shift.

  • Immediately notify a manager of any loss of patient data.

  • Participate in annual “patient information security” training.

  • Professional Practice:

  • Communicate respectfully and collaboratively with all employees valuing the strengths of diversity and teamwork

  • Interact with supervisor regularly

  • Report out-of-ordinary circumstances to supervisor

  • Perform other duties as assigned

  • Serve on committees and/or task forces to better meet the needs of patients improve working conditions or to improve quality of care or increase productivity

  • Perform process improvement activities as assigned. • Participates in peer review

  • Actively participate in identifying ways of improving work quality, patient services and/or job task

  • Identify own strengths, area for growth and goals with the supervisor during evaluation process

  • Consistently demonstrate a positive customer service attitude

  • Apply critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in the practice of professional physical therapy

  • Willingly engage in professional debate and demonstrates a willingness to explore practice strategies that maximize patient outcomes and cost-effectiveness

  • Demonstrate accountability for patient care outcomes

  • Appropriately manage and utilize supplies and equipment

  • Promote continuity of patient care. • Meets productivity expectations

  • Provide feedback to peers sharing therapy knowledge and expertise

  • Assist in the orientation of new staff members and students as appropriate and requested

  • Adjust schedule if unexpected problems occur

  • Take responsibility for maintaining optimal personal health - attendance and punctuality meet standards identified in personnel policies

  • Participate in 80% of staff meetings and educational meetings

  • Complete annual CPR, body mechanics, infection control updates

  • Professional Ethics:

  • Promote patient's right to self-determination, privacy, and confidentiality

  • Function as patient advocate while promoting self-care

  • Identify, discuss and resolve ethical concerns with other team members, clinical managers and the Ethics Committee as appropriate

  • Behaviors adhere to the principles and requirements outlined in the “Providence Health Care Integrity Program”:

  • Participate in compliance related training and ongoing education

  • Properly apply related Medicaid and Medicare regulations in performing job responsibilities

  • Ask questions and seeks guidance from manager or appropriate resource if unsure of a policy or procedure

  • Immediately report any concerns, or suspected violation of integrity program to manager or compliance coordinator as appropriate

  • Safety:

  • Promote accident prevention for self, co-workers, patients and families by following established safety procedures

  • Proactively work with patients and caregivers to create a safe environment for care

  • Alert colleagues of risk factors to coordinate a management plan

  • Identify and utilize process for concern/incident reporting

  • Use appropriate body mechanics/ergonomic positioning

  • Follow office safety and building security procedures

  • Obey traffic laws, including speed limits and seat belt use

  • Maintain vehicle for safety and secures equipment and supplies

  • Operate cell phone per policy and not while driving



Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Completion of an accredited PTA program

  • Current Physical Therapist Assistant license in California State.

  • Current valid driver’s license for operator of vehicle and personal vehicle insurance at prudent coverage levels as determined by Providence.

  • Evidence of current CPR training

  • 1 year PTA experience in a supervised clinical setting

  • Knowledge of Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance benefits for home care

  • Acceptable references from former employer(s) or persons able to comment on work-related skills

  • Communication: Functionally able to listen, read, speak and write using English language. Functional hearing and visual acuity sufficient to detect changes in patient conditions and perform assessments. Effective interpersonal skills. Proven ability to work in collaboration and coordination with health team members

  • Mental demands: Problem-solving skills. Ability to exercise independent judgment, as well as seek guidance when indicated. Emotional stability to function effectively in unpredictable situations

  • Physical demands: Work is active, requiring mobility to get in and out of transportation and patient residences, requiring frequent lifting and carrying up to 20 pounds, twisting and bending to perform patient care. Finger and hand dexterity adequate to handle and manipulate equipment and perform treatments

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • 1 year experience as a PTA in a home health care setting

  • Experience as a PTA with geriatric patients

About the hospital you will serve.

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA, is a 414 bed acute care facility, known for its state-of-the-art technology and high quality, compassionate care, has provided the full range of diagnostic, treatment, care and support services for the San Fernando Valley communities for close to 70 years.

Many of our specialized services are provided within our Heart and Vascular Institute, one of Los Angeles County's first STEMI designated receiving centers of heart attack victims; our Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute, awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for a Primary Stroke Center, and the Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association (2010); our Women's Pavilion, and our newly opened the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, patient-centered, treatment facility. Our cancer center includes some of the most advanced technology in radiation oncology, highly advanced medical and surgical oncology, excellent clinical outcomes and research, and all patient support services are housed in the same building.

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center has an exceptional orthopedic program recognized for its excellent outcomes and clinical expertise. And Providence Saint Joseph's Bariatric Program, a leader and resource for those dealing with obesity in Southern California, received a Five-Star Rating for Bariatric Surgery, and Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation from HealthGrades.

For information on our comprehensive range of benefits, visit:

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Therapy Support (PTA, COTA, Rehab Aide)

Location: California-Burbank

Req ID: 289163