Exercise Physiologist, # 2267, 32 hrs. per week
• Initially assesses exercise capacity of patients on individualized exercise prescription in accordance with the patient's admission stress test and physician recommendations.
• Performs exercise with patients, including warm-up and cool down exercises, demonstrating correct body positions and proper use of equipment to prevent injury.
• Monitors patients, evaluates initiation and advancement of exercise prescription. Reports any symptoms or unexpected changes in vital signs during exercise to RN or physician and terminates exercise as needed.
• Guides patient's progress related to diagnosis according to accepted standards and individual tolerance. Documents patient assessment data, response and exercise progress on patient's progress record.
• Evaluates patient conditions on a regular basis. Records and reports collected data, including progress/non-progress toward achievement of desired patient outcomes. Communicates any identified individual problems or patient concerns during inter-staff conferences.
• Develops, updates, and participates with other members of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Service team in the educational sessions for individual and group lectures on topics related to exercise and heart disease.
• Assists with cleaning and maintenance of exercise equipment and contacts Clinical Engineering for calibration and repairs as needed.
• Actively participates in collecting, compiling, assessing and documenting department based and patient care quality improvement information according to established standards.
• Demonstrates sound problem solving judgment and prioritizes skills in response to needs.
• Acts as a role model and resource person to staff, physicians, and other members of the health care team. Demonstrates the ability to confront peers, physicians, and the program coordinator with problems, questions, and issues.
• Acts as a preceptor for exercise physiology students and assists with planning, implementing and evaluating the student's clinical experience.
• Willingly assists staff and the coordinator with tasks in other areas of the department, within the scope of practice.
• Participates in the development and presentation of formal/informal educational programs for the hospital and the community
• Recognizes own learning needs and assumes responsibility for professional growth.
• Develops and maintains professional and collaborative relationships with the cardiology staff.
BS in Exercise Physiology Science required; BLS and ACLS required. MS Exercise Physiology/Exercise Science preferred. ACSM Exercise Specialist certification or equivalent within 6 months of start date.
Job Reference #: 2267