Physical Therapist - Inpatient Setting

UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center - Seattle, WA3.5

Join our award-winning team at UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. We're proud of the acclaim we've received for our excellence in patient care and safety. Among the local, regional and national recognition we've received are:

The Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award
The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award
This is the second consecutive year Northwest Hospital has achieved both the Spine Surgery Excellence Award and a ranking among the top 10 percent in the nation for spine surgery.
The Stroke Care Excellence Award
Winner of the Health Grades Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety for the last three years in a row, we’re also one of the safest places to get care – among the top 5% in the country.
UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest.

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit community hospital, offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services. With 281 beds, more than 1900 employees and a world-class medical staff, we provide innovative, technologically advanced care on a patient-friendly, easy-access campus just north of Seattle.

Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

As a UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.

We’re interested in learning more about you and appreciate your taking the time to apply online. UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is committed to employing a diverse workforce. EOE

UW Medicine – Northwest Hospital and Medical Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome job applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other protected characteristic. Minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans are encouraged to apply


Plans and Evaluates Care, includes but is not limited to:
Reviews physician’s referral and patient’s medical record, reviews diagnosis, and determines therapy treatment required.

Evaluates and monitors patient’s progression and makes appropriate adjustments to treatment plan to achieve maximum benefit.

Provides, Progresses, and Documents Care, includes but is not limited to:

Prior to therapy intervention, performs and documents an initial exam and evaluates data and diagnosis to identify problems.

Administers position and exercises, massage, and other treatments (including use of special equipment) to relieve pain, increase flexibility and strength, and/or decrease patient’s disability.

Performs wound care and wound debriedment, per physician order, if certified to do so.

Follows established procedures and observes all safety precautions in the application and the use of heat, cold, light, water, sound, message, mobilization, and electrical stimulation.

Meets departmental standards for quality, customer service, and productivity.

Records patient’s treatment, progress, and response in patient’s chart/computer record.

Submits charge tickets to reflect time spent with patients seen each day.

Participates in assisting other areas of the department if needed, including clerical and reception activities.

Provides for Continuing Care, includes but is not limited to:
Trains patients in exercises, ambulation, and activities of daily living.

When appropriate, establishes a home program to encourage patient involvement and independence.

Trains patient and family members in home treatment procedures.

Discharges patient from therapy when goals or projected outcomes have been attained; provides for appropriate follow-up care or referrals.

Communication and Collaboration, includes but is not limited to:

Confers with patient, medical practitioners and appropriate others to plan, implement, and assess the treatment program.

Observes and reports patient’s responses to the referring medical practitioner by progress notes, letters and verbal communication.

Attends appropriate conferences and/or meetings pertaining to assigned patient.

Training and Leadership, includes but is not limited to:
Trains and orients new employees and volunteers.

Supervises PT Assistants, PT Aides, and Volunteers.

Advises PT Assistant on treatment plan for assigned patients.

Supervises and trains assigned students and evaluates their performance.

Develops and presents in-service education classes as assigned.

Assists with organizational planning, and actively participates in the development and implementation of new programs, departmental performance improvement projects, community awareness programs, and projects that ensure the department remains compliant with all regulatory requirements.

Equipment and Supplies, includes but is not limited to:
Evaluates and cares for braces, prosthesis, other active assistive devices and durable medical equipment.

Complies with procedures for maintenance of departmental supplies and equipment.

Assists in acquisition of durable medical equipment.


Education Background

Four to seven years of university study which leads to a baccalaureate, Master's, or Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy (DPT) from an American Physical Association-approved school.
Licensure, Registration, Certification

Washington state physical therapist license required.Note: New graduates must be in the process of meeting state licensing requirements and must complete those requirements by the deadline established by the Director.
CPR certification preferred
Special Training/Skills

Able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on assigned unit/department.
Work Experience

No experience required.
Physical Abilities

Ability to transfer and transport patients safely using proper body mechanics.
Able to move about the hospital as much as four miles/day.
Physical Demand Level: Heavy

In an 8-hour workday, must be able to-

Lift / Carry

50 to 100 pounds occasionally

25 to 50 pounds frequently

10 to 20 pounds constantly

As required, must be able to-

Sit, Stand, Walk, Bend, Squat, Kneel, Crawl, Climb and Reach above shoulders

Push and Pull

Perform fine motor functions

Must possess functional vision, hearing, and speech in order to communicate effectively with clients, client advocates, and staff.