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Clinical Exercise Physiologist

  • Job ID: 568172123
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Altoona
  • Department: Cardiac Rehab_SMC
  • Location: 620 Howard Avenue, Altoona PA 16601
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $22.28 to $37 / hour

Description

Purpose:
May work in the inpatient and/or outpatient settings. Proficient in EKG interpretation. Conducts non-invasive cardiology testing which may include stress testing, Holter monitoring, and the technical functions of the pacemaker clinic. Provides group and individual exercise therapy for patients with chronic disease. Applies EKG telemetry and accurately performs 12 lead EKGs. Performs initial assessments, develops individualized treatment plans, safely and effectively administers individual and group exercise therapies, evaluates progress, and documents outcomes on patients to improve functional capacity and offset the detrimental effects of inactivity. Educate on disease states, recovery, smoking cessation, hypertension, diabetes, medication compliance, nutrition, lipid management, and stress management. Maintains open communications with coworkers, physicians, and other dept staff.

Responsibilities:

 

  • Prepares for and responds to emergencies in a manner consistent with department guidelines
  • Plays an active role in developing, implementing, and gathering outcome data for the annual quality improvement initiative.
  • Conducts, organizes, and participates in meetings, in-services, and continuing education.
  • Demonstrates annual competencies as required by the department
  • Participation in the Co-Worker Feedback program if asked
  • Promotes effective communication and demonstrates cooperation and teamwork within the department, the hospital, and other health care professionals.
  • Upon request by Manager, assists with staff development, the orientation of new staff, special projects, and community programs.
  • Utilization of clinical support staff (training, supervision, and delegation) in a manner that both verbally and non-verbally promotes respect, confidence, and a team atmosphere.
  • Developments and documents individualized patient treatment plan, accurate concerning patient's age and medical history, its implementation and monitoring of progress and modifications as indicated.
  • Completes evaluation and assessment of patients with accurate and adequate documentation
  • Develops inpatient discharge plan and/or outpatient discharge plan with the transition to either Phase III CPR or home/community fitness program. The inpatient plan includes a recommendation for Phase II CPR as indicated. Outpatient CPRSs will see that progress toward goals at discharge is clearly and effectively communicated to the patient and physician.
  • May conduct a variety of non-invasive cardiology testing including but not limited to 12 Lead EKGs, pacer clinics technical work, Holter monitoring hookups and processing, and stress testing.

 

Qualifications

Graduate of an accredited Exercise Physiology or related program with a minimum Master's level preparation. A minimum of 300 hours of the internship experience is required OR Graduate from an accredited Exercise Physiology or related program with a minimum Bachelor's level preparation. 5 years of recent Cardiopulmonary Rehab experience and ACSM Certification OR Graduate from an accredited Exercise Physiology or related program with a minimum Bachelor's level preparation. 10 years of recent Cardiopulmonary Rehab experience and 60 hours of continuing education every 3 years are required. Active membership in professional organization(s) preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
BLS and ACLS or a willingness to acquire both are required. CPR is required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire. ACSM CEP, RCEP, or related certification is preferred.
 

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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