The Physical Therapist (PT) will report to Physical Therapy Section of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, LA and one position at the Monroe Outpatient Clinic in Monroe, LA . 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. NOTE: This applies to current/past/upcoming VHA HPTs only. An HPT is an individual appointed to a temporary position in one or more VHA medical facilities performing clinical or research training experiences to satisfy program or degree requirements or receiving VA Health Professional Scholarship Program. HPTs can be either VA-paid or Without Compensation (WOC). 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. Individuals appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. chapters 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA must be proficient in written and spoken English. See Chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. Education and experience. The individual must meet at least one of the requirements below: Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy AND five (5) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist. Master's degree in Physical Therapy AND two (2) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist. Doctorate degree in physical therapy. Licensure. Individuals 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. Non-licensed PTs, who otherwise meet the basic requirements in this standard, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate PT at the GS-11 grade level under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a)(1)(D) for a period not-to-exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such PT provide care only under the supervision of a PT who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. NOTE. Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetency or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the state for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed physical therapists on VA rolls as of November 30, 1999, provided the individual maintains a continuous appointment and is not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification. Loss of Credential. A PT who fails to maintain the required license must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation, if qualified, and if a placement opportunity exists. 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). Grade Determinations: GS-12 Physical Therapist (Full Performance Level) Education, Experience and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must possess one year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level, hold a valid unrestricted state license and demonstrate all the KSAs below: Demonstrated Knowledge Skills and Abilities: 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. Preferred Experience: 1 year Outpatient/Orthopedic Physical Therapy experience preferred References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/99 FEBRUARY 7, 2018 PART II APPENDIX G12 The full performance level of this vacancy is 12. Physical Requirements: Work includes regular and recurring physical exertion in standing, bending, kneeling, reaching, gripping, and walking. Moderate to heavy lifting is required to assist patients and operate equipment. Sitting is required in meetings and for conducting administrative work. Work may require physical stamina, normal use of arms and legs, and good visual and auditory acuity. ["PT treats patients with varied disabilities, some of which are difficult to treat because of the complex involvement of the patient. PA must have comprehensive professional knowledge and skill in performing various specialized procedures and evaluative techniques pertinent to the profession of physical therapy. Duties include but not limited to: Clinical treat patients in inpatient/outpatient settings; independently prepares a treatment plan for each patient based on an evaluation performed by the therapist and interpretation of information obtained from the physician's referral and patient's clinical record; utilizes the full range of physical therapy modalities in which he/she has received training both in academic and continuing education; use of various techniques such as manual muscle testing, range of motion measurements, peripheral vascular testing, sensory testing, nerve conduction velocities and mobility testing; assist the Clinic Coordinator for Clinical Education (CCCE) in training Physical Therapy (PT) and Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) students; provides for continued re-evaluation of patient's performance with appropriate modifications to treatment indicated; evaluates patient's living environment, when indicated through home visits or consultations with other health care professionals and patient's home health care provider to assist patient in solving problems associated with that environment; trains patients in locomotion correcting gait patterns and including, as appropriate, the use of prosthetic, orthotic or assistive devices; access patient's learning needs and plans and implements appropriate patient education programs, involving the patient, family and significant others in the instructional process; Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4: 30 pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Physical Therapist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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