Certified Hand Therapist

Requisition ID
2021-164532
Employment Type
Per Diem
Department
Physical Therapy
Shift
Varied
Standard Hours
Variable
Facility / Process Level : Name
CHI St Joseph Health
Location
TX-COLLEGE STATION

Overview

CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S. & from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.

Responsibilities

JOB SUMMARY

  • The hand therapist is a physical therapist (PT) or occupational therapist (OT) responsible for maintaining standards of professional and ethical practice following the guidelines of the State of Texas Board of Examiners for Physical/Occupational Therapy. The hand therapist delivers quality therapy services to patients by performing evaluations and developing individual treatment plans and goals to maximize functional outcomes. The hand therapist actively participates in discharge planning, implements the treatment program, and reassesses treatment results. Services are delivered within the framework of an interdisciplinary team approach, including significant others, and the patient. These services are delivered in compliance with CHI St Joseph Health’s mission, ethical standards, and policies and procedures. 

The hand therapist will work directly with the hand surgeon and orthopedic rehabilitation team to support, develop, and implement pre- and post- surgical protocols for hand rehabilitation services throughout the health system.  The hand therapist will treat the following, but not limited to, conditions: tendon injuries, peripheral nerve injuries, crush injuries, repetitive motion disorders, lacerations, arthritis, joint replacement, and digit reattachments.  Services provided by the hand therapist will include post-operative management of upper extremities, custom orthoses of the upper extremities, joint mobilization, instrument-assisted soft tissue techniques, manual therapy, taping techniques, wound and scar management, edema management, work simulation, range of motion, strengthening, and arthritis management.  The hand therapist will be proficient and skilled in fabricating and choosing appropriate splints and other adaptive equipment.  

The hand therapist will assist and guide the CHI St Joseph Health administration in purchasing decisions related to hand rehabilitation services using best practices and considering cost efficiency.  The hand therapist will serve as a mentor to the 80+ member therapy team in the area of hand rehabilitation.

 

 ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • ESSENTIAL
  • Evaluates/assesses patients in a systematic and thorough manner; establishes appropriate treatment plans and goals within specified time frames; administers appropriate treatments to patients; knowledge and skill in therapeutic exercises, modalities, rehab equipment, manual techniques, and transfers. The hand therapist will also be responsible for planning of services to include long-range, strategic and operational plans, resource allocation, and organizational policies to ensure stewardship of resources as well as optimal care for patients.
  • Maintains timely and accurate medical records; records legibly in patient charts; completes reports in an organized, thorough and timely manner to allow for continuity of care.
  • Fosters communication with other therapists, physicians, nurses, volunteers, patients and families and other hospital personnel to establish department support; attends and provides quality input to team conferences, departmental meetings and other hospital meetings.
  • Instruction and supervision in patient care of PT/OT assistants as appropriate, rehabilitation technicians and student affiliates in a respectful, courteous and consistent manner; assists in performance appraisals of current/new personnel or students.
  • Completes all patient and family education; provides information on outside resources to meet the patient’s specific needs.
  • Attends department and hospital in-services; attends one seminar/conference annually; involved in Performance Improvement initiatives to meet quality improvement goals.
  • Assists in teaching, training, and mentoring of new/current therapists and support staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to meet the organization`s needs.

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Education
  • Required:  Bachelor's degree (e.g. BA, BS, BSN, BSW)
  • Preferred:  Master's or Doctor's degree (e.g. MA, MS, MBA, MHA, MSN, MSW, MOT, DPT)
  • Major
  • Required:  Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy
  • Experience
  • Required:  4 years of clinical practice
  • Preferred:  5+ years of clinical practice
  • Licensure/Certifications
  • Required:  Licensed by the State of Texas; CPR Certification; Certified Hand Therapist or within 1,000 hours of sitting for the Hand Therapy Certification Examination.

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