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Therapy Aide - Sports Medicine

Duke University Health System

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Durham, North Carolina
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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

Perform moderately skilled work aiding phy sicaltherapists,occupational therapists, and speech language pathologist s (ifapplicable) with departmental operating procedures and patienttreat ment.

Work Performed

Level IPerform patient related tasksand instruction, in whichemployee has attained competence, as speci fically designated by thetherapist.Prepare patient and treatment area fo r care, aidtherapist with patient care under direct and/or indirectsuper vision.Meet all competency skills for Therapy Aide LevelI.Utilize correc t sterile technique when assisting with woundcare and dressing changes.T ransport patients to proper locationaccording to the daily time schedule utilizing all necessary safetyprecautions in all areas of the hospital asrequested.Transport,transfer, and/or assist patient in and outof whee lchair, bed, tilt table, or stretcher safely and without unduediscomfort topatient. Assist in scheduling inpatients andoutpatients as needed.Arr ange schedule so patients will arrivein the department for their schedul edvisit: delays will be reported tothe therapists no later than the sche duled time of expectedarrival.Assist patients as necessary for transfers ,dressingand toileting.Assist in the maintenance, care, and cleaning ofe quipment and supplies.Demonstrate knowledge of and utilizesgood body mec hanics.Understand oxygen procedures in transportof patients.Transport/de liver equipment, records, mail/messagesin a timely manner as requested o raccording to daily schedule.Manage or assist with control of linen ands upply inventory asrequested to include Organize and stock inventory syst ematically andefficiently; check inventorylevels on a daily basis or acc ording toarea standard and place as needed, and check orders receivedfor accuracy and damage.Consistently meet patient care productivitystandards for job classification.Work cooperatively with peersto contribute tothe overall productivity of the team.Activelysupport and participate incros scoverage efforts in thedepartment/division.Report patient responses/rea ctions totreatment.Complete activity logs, safety logs, stamped patienta ttendance information, and other projects as assigned.Postchargesand ass ist with phone and front office coverage asneeded.Communicate with patie nt and staff in courteous,respectful, and supportive manner.Respond prom ptly to requestsfor assistance in a cooperative and enthusiasticmanner.A ssistwith orientation and training of volunteers assigned to PT,OT, orSL P.Participate in review of activities and processes for areaofwork;assis t in implementing changes to effect continual improvementin services pro vided; and comply with regulatory and legalrequirements.LevelII In addit ion to duties described inLevel I, performs the following:Aid with and c o-treat on morecomplex therapy procedures appropriate for non-licensed s taff,including independent performance of some treatment techniques with on-site supervision.Manage custom supply orders, including:delivery tracking, sending packing slips to procurement, and processingreturns in app ropriate and timely manner.Check equipmentroutinely to ensure proper ope ration and follows procedures fornotification, repair, replacement.Consi stently meet patientcare productivity standards for job classification.D isplayflexibility in scheduling.Report patient responses/reactions totre atment, document in medical record as appropriate, and ensureco-document ation andco-signature of supervisingtherapist.Provide on-site supervisio nto assignedaides.Organize workload for assigned staff infair andequitab le way.Assist with orientation and training of level Iaides and voluntee rs assigned to PT, OT, or SLP.

Knowledge, Skills and Abiliti es

Levels I and IIBasic computer skills, abilityto learn and use DUHS computer system programs.Knowledge and ability to learn sometherapy principles, techniques, methods and modalities and their properapplicat ion.Knowledge and ability to learn some basic skeletalbiomechanics.Knowl edge and ability to learn basic functionalanatomy and physiology.Knowled ge and ability to properly applyphysical therapy principles and practice s in the rehabilitation ofpatients.Knowledge and abilityto apply properb ody mechanics andsafety.Knowledge and ability to provide personal servic es forpatients and care for equipment and supplies.Ability to understand ,follow and communicate/relate oral and written instructions andpertinen t information accurately.Ability to use tact and diplomacyin dealing wit h patients, staff, and the public.Ability toestablishand maintain effect ive working relationships with patients,visitors, andother employees.

Level Characteristics


Minimum Qualifications


Level I Level II Graduation from high school or GED; or an equivalent combination of related education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, or Licensure/Certification as Athletic Trainer or Massage Therapist, or at least three years relevant experience as rehab aide/tech.


Level I Level II Successful completion of an on-the-job training period, rendering competency in performance of required duties after a specified period of time. One year rehabilitative services experience or equivalent education preferred. Bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, or Licensure/Certification as Athletic Trainer or Massage Therapist, or at least three years relevant experience as rehab aide/tech.

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

Levels I and II BCLS certification or obtain within first three months of employment.


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.