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Physical Therapist

Duke University Health System

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Durham, North Carolina
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Duke University Health System
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Job Description
Duke University Hospital

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Occ Summary

Provide physical therapy services to patients /clients who haveimpairments, functional limitations, disabilities, or c hanges inphysical function and health status resulting from injury, dise ase, orother causes; provide prevention and wellness services, including screenings and health promotion. The senior serves as a resource personf orthe team and the department: participates in orientation of newstaff t herapists, physicians and other health personnel. The seniorparticipates in teaching activities for physical therapy and otherhealth related stu dents. The physical therapist works within practiceguidelines as defined byNorthCarolina state law.

Work Performed

Duties and Responsibilities of this Level: See Departmental criteriafor each dutyl isted, and Departmental criteria for clinical ladder.Physical TherapistD emonstrate & articulate sound clinical reasoning in synthesizingcomplex evaluation data identifying diagnosis and developing acomprehensive planof care.Develop and update appropriate plan of care in collaborationwit h thepatient/family and related to the person's age and lifestyle withm easurable long and short term goals and a defined D/C planUnderstandthe role of physical therapy in the context of the patient'sage, total needs perspective and environmentPerform age appropriate competency skills in area of practice and withrespect to individual patient's problems.Follo w intervention protocols and alter plan of care appropriately.Dischargep atient when goals have been met or medical necessity is nolonger warrant s intervention.Establish provisions for continuing services/followup as needed.Meet competency skills for evaluations in area of practice.Consis tently meet patient care productivity standard as established forjob cla ssification.Work cooperatively with supervisors and peers to contribute to theoverall productivity of the team.Utilize support personnel (aides, sr aides, assistants) as appropriateand available.Actively support and participate in patient coverage efforts across alldivisions withinthe de partment as necessary.Assess the learning needs and capabilitiesof patie nts and caregivers.Initiate patient and family education in a timely man ner relative toage, LOS, readiness to learn, and emotional status.Utiliz e appropriate methods and materials for effective learning,monitoring re sponse to education, andadapting program appropriately.Ensure that patie nt/family understands when and how to access furtherintervention.Patient caredocumentation is timely, legible, and efficient.Documentation is c oncise, pertinent and meets the professions anddepartments documentation standards.Oral reporting is clear, concise, relevant, and timely.Perfor m all required data collection for the department accurately andwithin e xpected time frame.Peer review standards are consistently met.Provide cl inical education experiences for students as requested bysupervisor and established by CCCETake 1-2 students for long term clinical rotation (Th erapist of > 1yrexperience).Adjust supervisory techniques for individual student's needs.Provide outreach and learning activities as requested w hich may include:in-services on related topics, generating referrals, in teracting withvolunteers or visitors.Participate in data collection for research activities to enhanceclinical outcomes.Perform other related du ties incidental to the work described herein.

Knowledge, Ski lls and Abilities

Ability to push-pull, lift-carry, andtransfer p atients.

Level Characteristics

See ClinicalLadder adm inistration document

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's degree or certification in physical therapy, with Master's or Clinical Doctorate in physical therapy preferred.


None beyond required education, although more experience may be preferred at times.

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

Current Physical Therapist licensein North Carolina


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


About the employer
As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.