OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans? Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Education: Must meet at least one of the requirements below (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED): (1) Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy AND five (5) years of progressively independent experience as a Physical Therapist (2) Master's degree in Physical Therapy AND two (2) years of progressively independent experience as a Physical Therapist (3) Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy License: Must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. (COPY REQUIRED) In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must meet the following grade requirements: GRADE REQUIREMENTS GS-12Must possess a valid unrestricted state license, and one year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience typically includes, but is not limited to: providing assessment and treatment intervention; planning and modifying treatment based on a patient's response to intervention and/or change in medical condition; general assignments in any physical therapy program area where advanced specialized knowledge is not required or may serve as the sole PT such as in an outpatient clinic. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): In addition to the license and experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Ability to make autonomous clinical decisions in a Direct Access environment. This includes ability to independently evaluate and treat patients who seek physical therapy services. 2. Skill in performing examinations and evaluations of individuals who have or may develop impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions related to conditions of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and/or integumentary systems while considering the effects attributable to unique psychosocial and environmental factors. 3. Ability to interpret findings from examination and evaluation, select appropriate test and measures, and integrate findings into the physical therapy plan of care for the full range of patient populations. 4. Ability to establish a diagnosis within the scope of physical therapy and identify the appropriate rehabilitation intervention, including referral to another provider for further consultation as clinically indicated. 5. Ability to determine physical therapy prognosis by incorporating examination findings with the patient's preferences in order to set clinically appropriate treatment goals, optimize outcomes and maximize functional independence. 6. Ability to independently provide clinical oversight of Physical Therapy Assistants as well as students on clinical affiliations who are in Doctoral PT Programs or PTA Programs. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation). References: VA Handbook 5005/99, Part II, Appendix G12.\ The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Ability to push/pull and lift up to 50 pounds. Very frequent standing and walking. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria) ["VA Careers - Physical Therapy: https://youtube.com/embed/Gi2hoFqIoqY This position is for providing direct patient care in the Inpatient Physical Therapy Services, rotating amongst the inpatient acute care, rehab and long-term care, and/or spinal cord injury departments. The incumbent is responsible for independently providing assessment and treatment interventions to inpatients and outpatients received through healthcare provider referrals and patient self-referrals. This therapist makes autonomous clinical decisions in a direct access environment. Has the knowledge of clinical signs and symptoms to make appropriate referrals for further medical attention/assessment as indicated. Examination and evaluation includes a medical history, systems review, special tests and measures including neuromuscular, sensorimotor, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and/or respiratory functions as indicated. Evaluates findings gathered from examination and evaluation and makes clinical judgments based on examination to determine Physical Therapy diagnosis and prognosis including setting goals to optimize outcomes and functional independence. Plans and implements initial and subsequent treatment programs based on their evaluation and examination. Demonstrates a broad professional understanding of contemporary and evidence based practice and its application through therapeutic interventions. Plans and implements appropriate patient education programs involving the patient, family and significant others in the instructional process. Evaluates patient's needs for assistive devices, and adaptive appliances, recommends adjustments for prosthetic/orthotic devices and makes minor adjustments to obtain maximal functional benefits. May fabricate orthotic devices and may make modifications on a wide range of orthoses. Uses outcome measures to document patient's progress towards established goals, modify interventions and plan of care, and for discharge planning. Engages in outcomes data collection and analysis, peer review, and patient satisfaction surveys. Completes all patient care documentation in accordance with rehabilitation policy. Submits necessary reports to section Program Coordinator, attends staff meetings, team meetings, attends in-service training courses deemed necessary by the Physical Therapy Supervisor. Communicates readily with the multidisciplinary treatment team, advising the team of patient's needs and progress; this communication occurs through team meetings, written reports and verbal communication, such as personal and telephone conversations. Written communication is done in timely fashion. Assists the clinical education coordinator in arranging and providing educational experiences for physical therapy students that affiliate at the facility. Incumbent provides a suitable learning environment for the student by readily assisting student when necessary. Assists with the assessment of the student's performance to evaluate capabilities to function as a physical therapist. May serve as Clinical Instructor for physical therapy students. The Program Coordinator may also assign this physical therapist the responsibility of attending and participating in various specialty clinics within the medical center. Such activities may include Prosthetic Clinic, the Movement Disorders clinic, MS clinic, and Orthopedic Conference. Plans and presents in-service education programs on occasion as requested by the unit Program Coordinator. Assists in providing patient coverage for absent staff members to insure continuity and quality of care. Follows established Program and Division policies and procedures related to fire, disaster, and security measures. Participates as necessary in fire and emergency preparedness drills. Assists during emergency situations including initiating and/or assisting with CPR. Responsible for following scheduling guidelines. Ensures that the patient is informed of the place and time of each appointment. Ensures that workload is properly credited. Follows established procedures and policies in hazardous material handling/communication, equipment safety, infection control/universal fluid precautions, and other safety procedures that have been developed for Physical Therapy. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8-4:30, rotational weekend and holiday shifts Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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