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Become A Physical Therapy Nurse

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Working As A Physical Therapy Nurse

  • 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

  • $84,020

    Average Salary

What Does A Physical Therapy Nurse Do At Ascension Health

* Ensures compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements.
* Conducts hiring, training, directing, development and evaluating of staff.
* Identifies and resolves issues affecting the delivery of patient care services for the assigned unit(s).
* Develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure efficient and effective delivery of health services in a unit.
* Monitors and adheres to budget.
* Approves or monitors expenditures, purchases and other actions to ensure compliance with budget guidelines.
* Participates in development and completion of strategic business operating plans, goals and objectives as well as department strategies, goals and objectives.
* Models and advocates the appropriate need for and use of innovative technologies to meet the needs of nursing, ensure patient and nurse safety, improve efficiency and reduce costs.
* Prescribes outcomes of clinical, financial and human resource measures that provide direction for care or service and facilitates process improvement.
* Manages clinical, human resource and financial data to support and enhance decision-making, provides assessment, analysis, planning, monitoring and evaluation of unit(s) delivery of care and services.
* Participates on committees, councils, and administrative teams as appropriate to position.
* Performs other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Physical Therapy Nurse

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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Physical Therapy Nurse Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    82.8%
  • Male

    17.2%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.5%
  • Asian

    7.3%
  • Unknown

    1.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    40.0%
  • Russian

    20.0%
  • Polish

    20.0%
  • Tagalog

    20.0%
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Top Skills for A Physical Therapy Nurse

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Top Physical Therapy Nurse Skills

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You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Insert and monitors peripherally placed central venous (PICC's) and peripheral IV catheters.
  • Provide general physical therapy interventions in Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Report observations of resident behavior, complaints, or physical symptoms to nurses.
  • Planned and initiated Patient/Family Teaching, providing essential information to promote active involvement in the health care process.
  • Document and report observations of patient behavior, complaints, or physical symptoms to nurse.

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