Physical Therapist

The Physical Therapist reports directly to the Clinical Manager and/ or Assistant Clinical Manager (ACM) of their respective department and may receive clinical guidance from senior staff and/or clinical specialists. The Physical Therapist completes comprehensive examinations of body structure to determine functional impairments activity limitations and participation restrictions.  The Physical Therapist establishes diagnosis and prognosis; develops an individualized plan of care; implements treatment interventions; and performs on-going evaluations throughout episode of care.



Demonstrates the highest level of communication and professionalism with patients caregivers rehabilitation staff providers and other health care professionals both within the academic medical center and in the community. 
Exhibits effective and professional verbal and non-verbal communication 
Communicates clearly respectfully and honestly with patients and/or caregivers and colleagues
Communicates proactively with other caregivers involved in patients� care  
Adjusts communication and response to the level of understanding of the listener
Principal Duties
Examines and evaluates patients
Establishes diagnosis prognosis and individualized plans of care
Implements treatment intervention based on plan of care considering precautions indications and contradictions 
Directs and coordinates patients� rehabilitation plan of care
Evaluates patients� progress and revises goals and plan of care accordingly
Educates/ Trains patients/caregivers 
Anticipates and communicates discharge/home needs and resources
Completes documentation and charges accurately and timely in compliance with department policy
Completes clinical documentation reflecting eligibility/ medical necessity of services in compliance with professional and regulatory standards 
Makes recommendations and referrals for additional diagnostic testing and/or services 
Consistently applies evidence-based practice to all aspects of clinical care
Seeks additional guidance when necessary to assure safe and effective patient care 

Additional Duties
Complies with hospital and departmental policies and guidelines
Participates in strategic departmental quality improvement initiatives
Provides education to other hospital departments/personnel students and outside agencies/schools
Demonstrates ability to flex schedule based on department patient and/or caregiver need 
Determines priorities according to departmental and patient care need
Participates in community based professional events  
Participates in ongoing educational activities 
Supports and promotes departmental teamwork
Completes mandatory departmental and hospital training


Other information:


Bachelor�s degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited institution is required.  Master or Doctorate level degree in Physical Therapy is preferred.  State license issued by the Rhode Island Department of Health is required.


New graduates will be considered. Clinical experience in program specific settings is preferred.


Fit for duty in accordance with OSHA standards and program specific needs.


Performs independently within the department�s policies and practices  

Refers specific complex problems to ACM and/or Clinical Manager when clarification of departmental policies and procedures is required

Independently sets goals for professional development

Membership and involvement in discipline specific professional organization and/or other clinically relevant organization is strongly encouraged


No direct supervision.  However pursuant to the state of Rhode Island Rules and Regulations for Licensing Physical Therapists a licensed physical therapist shall at all times be responsible for the supervision of physical therapist assistants supportive personnel and students to ensure the safety and welfare of patients Provides consistent and thorough supervision of assistants aides therapists and volunteers including cosigning notes reviewing patient treatment plans and goals.


Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Location: Rhode Island Hospital USA:RI:Providence


Work Type: Full Time


Shift: Shift 1


Union: Non-Union