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Become A Per Diem Physical Therapist

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Working As A Per Diem Physical Therapist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $67,327

    Average Salary

What Does A Per Diem Physical Therapist Do At Sinai Health System

* Selects appropriate evaluation tools to assess patients' abilities and areas of impairment related to functional limitations.
* Develops goals and treatment plans based upon a comprehensive Physical Therapy assessment and evaluation.
* Takes into account the goals of the patient, family, and/or caregiver as well as rehabilitation prognosis.
* Adjusts goals and treatment plans as necessary to meet patients' changing needs.
* Provides effective, skilled, evidence-based therapeutic interventions through individual and/or group therapy to address identified deficits in functional mobility, ambulation and movement quality.
* Participates in discharge planning, including making appropriate discharge recommendations, and may include but is not limited to; educating patient, family, and/or caregiver, providing a home program, arranging equipment needs and recommending follow-up care.
* Completes thorough documentation in a timely and appropriate manner meeting departmental, hospital, and regulatory standards for initial evaluations, progress notes, discharge summaries, daily documentation, and other documents as needed.
* Documentation supports charges billed, demonstrates skilled interventions, and identifies necessity for skilled therapy.
* Demonstrates effective time management skills and meets department standards (e.g. productivity, chart reviews, completion of documentation).
* Demonstrates knowledge of/compliance with own scope of service including any new regulatory changes in professional practice; monitors own compliance (e.g. billing changes, TJC, CARF, CMS, etc.)
* Communicates effectively with team members, staff, other health care professionals, patients, families, and caregivers to achieve optimum care for patients, to facilitate team interaction, and to positively represent the department and hospital.
* Conducts self in a professional manner in all interactions, behaviors, and communication with leadership.
* Demonstrates accountability for own actions and job performance; accepts constructive feedback in a positive manner.
* Participates in the departmental quality process; contributes ideas for operational improvements.
* Supports change initiatives

What Does A Per Diem Physical Therapist Do At Centers Health Care

* PT evaluates a Resident’s condition and develop an appropriate rehabilitation plan
* Help Residents to improve their mobility
* Relieve Resident’s pain using exercises, hands-on therapy, stretching, and physical therapy devices
* Teach Residents how to use physical therapy equipment
* Help Residents through their tasks and monitor their performance
* Tell Residents what they should anticipate in different stages of their recovery and how to handle each situation
* Maintain Resident confidence and protects facility operations by keeping information confidential
* Supervise the activities of physical therapy assistants
* Maintain safe and clean working environment
* Comply with federal, state, and local legal and professional requirements
* Contribute to inter-disciplinary team effort

What Does A Per Diem Physical Therapist Do At Unitedhealth Group

Provide physical therapy services to patient according to physician’s plan of care

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How To Become A Per Diem Physical Therapist

Physical therapists need a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. All states require physical therapists to be licensed.

Education

In 2015, there were more than 200 programs for physical therapists accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). All programs offer a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

DPT programs typically last 3 years. Most programs require a bachelor’s degree for admission as well as specific educational prerequisites, such as classes in anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, and physics. Some programs admit college freshmen into 6- or 7-year programs that allow students to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree and a DPT. Most DPT programs require applicants to apply through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).

Physical therapist programs often include courses in biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology. Physical therapist students also complete at least 30 weeks of clinical work, during which they gain supervised experience in areas such as acute care and orthopedic care.

Physical therapists may apply to and complete a clinical residency program after graduation. Residencies typically last about 1 year and provide additional training and experience in specialty areas of care. Therapists who have completed a residency program may choose to specialize further by completing a fellowship in an advanced clinical area.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physical therapists to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state but all include passing the National Physical Therapy Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Several states also require a law exam and a criminal background check. Continuing education is typically required for physical therapists to keep their license. Check with state boards for specific licensing requirements.

After gaining work experience, some physical therapists choose to become a board-certified specialist. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties offers certification in 8 clinical specialty areas, including orthopedics, sports, and geriatric physical therapy. Board specialist certification requires passing an exam and at least 2,000 hours of clinical work or completion of an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)-accredited residency program in the specialty area.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Physical therapists are often drawn to the profession in part by a desire to help people. They work with people who are in pain and must have empathy for their patients.

Detail oriented. Like other healthcare providers, physical therapists should have strong analytic and observational skills to diagnose a patient’s problem, evaluate treatments, and provide safe, effective care.

Dexterity. Physical therapists must use their hands to provide manual therapy and therapeutic exercises. They should feel comfortable massaging and otherwise physically assisting patients.

Interpersonal skills. Because physical therapists spend a lot of time interacting with patients, they should enjoy working with people. They must be able to clearly explain treatment programs, motivate patients, and listen to patients’ concerns to provide effective therapy.

Physical stamina. Physical therapists spend much of their time on their feet, moving as they demonstrate proper techniques and help patients perform exercises. They should enjoy physical activity.

Resourcefulness. Physical therapists customize treatment plans for patients. They must be flexible and able to adapt plans of care to meet the needs of each patient.

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Top Skills for A Per Diem Physical Therapist

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Top Per Diem Physical Therapist Skills

  1. Occupational Therapy
  2. Physical Therapy Assistants
  3. Per Diem
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supervised Physical Therapy Assistants, writing weekly supervisory notes for patients on their caseload.
  • Freelance Per Diem therapist Primary assignment: Desert Valley Hospital.
  • Implemented and modified/monitored treatment plans, documentation, and billing.
  • Provided therapy in the long term, and acute inpatient areas, within a skilled nursing facility.
  • Perform clinical evaluation and treatment of patients in an acute rehabilitation setting.

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