PURPOSE OF THIS POSITION
This position is responsible for evaluating & developing treatment plans for both Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab patient populations. Assists in supervising patient exercise sessions. Participates in patient and family teaching and provides leadership by working cooperatively with patient team personnel in maintaining standards for professional nursing practice in the clinical setting.
ccasionally travels from rehabilitation area to acute-care hospital to commute between main department office and acute-care treatment locations for possible referral contacts. Occasionally climbs stairs, foot stools during exercise sessions and in emergency situations (e.g., CPR, fire.) Occasionally sits for monitoring, evaluating, documenting and obtaining patient information. Occasionally transports patient folders, treatment materials and office supplies. Associate must be able to exert 25 lbs of pressure for management of code blue in an emergency situation. Frequently stoops or crouches, pushes/pulls file and storage cabinet drawers to retrieve and return materials. Occasionally changes body position from sit-stand or stand-sit during monitoring, documentation, general office activities, and provides steadying or light assistance to ambulatory patients for standing or walking within the department or in hallways. Occasionally lifts/adjusts patient seated in wheelchair with or without assistance. Occasionally adjusts seats, foot pedals, and weights on exercise equipment.
Fine Motor Skills:
Frequently writes to document patient care, frequently types on computer to complete reports or to enter charges and other departmental administrative data.
Constantly able to speak clearly while interacting with patients, significant others, and other professionals. Presents information verbally to other professional in formal and informal meetings, case staffing and in telephone consultations.
Constantly able to hear human and technical sounds while interacting with patients, significant team members and the environment.
Constantly uses aspects of far and near vision, depth perception, as well as field of vision and sharp focus during the surveillance of patients and the environment (e.t., patient assessment, reading labels, monitors and printed strips, assembling equipment.) Frequently uses color vision to distinguish labels, assess patients and interpret data. Constantly uses visual concentration and/or addition while monitoring patients and equipment, communicating and documenting in the medical record. Frequently must read literature, reports and other written materials from other professionals.
The practice of cardiac rehabilitation involves occasional risk of infection (e.g., MRSA, hepatitis, other blood borne pathogens) which requires the use of safety precautions such as surgical masks, gowns, gloves, and special hand-washing procedures. Materials and treatment surfaces may also require special handling.
This position is classified “at risk” for possible occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens (HBV, HIV, etc.)