EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST

Job ID: J137096
Company: West Penn Allegheny Health System
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Facility: West Penn Hospital
Full/Part Time: Full time
Job Type: Regular
Posted at: Dec 6, 2018

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GENERAL OVERVIEW:

Provides services for inpatient and/or outpatient cardiovascular and/or pulmonary rehabilitation as assigned per location(s).Provides direct patient care including initial patient assessment, development and adjustment of progression of activity and/or exercise prescriptions and plan of care, implementation of individualized and group education sessions and supervision of exercise classes at hospital sites of service.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Inpatient:

  • Provides activity progression for patients in the hospital utilizing available medical data, patient status and current medication regimen; updates activity progression according to patient response and activity pathway. Recognizes contraindications to activity and abnormal patient responses. Provides feedback to medical professionals and physicians as appropriate.
  • Enters initial assessment, daily progression and education information into patient’s electronic medical record.
  • Provides appropriate education, including post discharge instruction to patients and family members.
  • Implements concepts of cardiac secondary prevention.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Outpatient:

  • Performs assessment of patients and develops plan of care with other staff.  Prepares or adjusts the individualized exercise prescription for each patient based on Functional Capacity Assessment or GXT results and M.D. recommendations.  Monitors patients for inappropriate response to exercise.  Works collaboratively with all team members to review each patient’s progress regularly.  
  • Performs exercises demonstrating proper body position and correct use of equipment.  Supervises all exercise activity. Monitors patient using telemetry, blood pressure equipment, pulse oximetry and clinical assessment skills and responses to abnormal conditions.
  • Provides patient/family knowledge of health status, assesses readiness for discharge from program and supportive services needed.  Enters initial and daily assessment data into patient’s electronic medical record.  Maintains equipment and monitor devices in appropriate working condition and reports problems to appropriate supportive staff.  Maintains a safe patient environment at all times.
  • Immediately reports changes in patient condition to physicians.  Assists with emergency care accordingly.  Follows policies and procedures and standard of care related to cardiopulmonary rehab.  Provides educational information individually and in group settings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum

  • Bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology or Exercise Science
  • Student internship experience in cardiac rehab setting
  • Heartsaver CPR – Course #1 which includes Adult CPR and Foreign Body Obstructed  Airway (FBOA) certification
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification required. Must be obtained within 6 months of hire
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP) or Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-RCEP). Must be obtained within 12 months of hire

Preferred

  • Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology or Exercise Science preferred in lieu of student internship experience in cardiac rehab setting requirement
  • 1 year actual work experience in cardiac rehab setting

Compliance Requirement: As a component of job responsibilities, employees may have access to covered information, cardholder data, or other confidential customer information that must be protected at all times.  In connection with this, all employees must comply with both the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) as described in the Notice of Privacy Practices and Privacy Policies and Procedures as well as all data security guidelines established within the Company’s Handbook of Privacy Policies and Practices and Information Security Policy.  
 
Furthermore, it is every employee’s responsibility to comply with the company’s Code of Business Conduct. This includes but is not limited to adherence to applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations as well as company policies and training requirements
 

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