Applies the principles and methods of conditioning, the prevention, immediate care, recognition, evaluation, assessment and treatment of athletic and orthopedic injuries. May organize and administer an athletic training program. Educates and counsels athletes, coaches, families, medical personnel and the community in the care and prevention of athletic and orthopedic injuries. May Perform services in the traditional and clinical settings. May assist in coordinating Orthopaedic/Sports clinic services including patient scheduling. This position is a 20 hour per week position contracting with local high schools for practice and game coverage, 10 months of the year for the 2020-2021 school year. The athletic trainer must be able to work evenings and weekends. The trainer will provide coverage for all preseason, inseason and post season onsite practices and games. Compliance with all applicable State and Federal laws, regulations, and policies governing the provision of health care. This position could increase for more hours during the schools year and qualified candidate may be able to work in the clinic providing rehab services to make this more of a year round position.
- Follows department policies and procedures. Examples include but are not limited to following assigned work schedules and assignments, using timeclock appropriately and in accordance with the 7 minute rule, working above FTE and in overtime only with advance approval from Supervisor or Director, submitting ETO requests with sufficient lead time to arrange for coverage and prioritizing prior to patient scheduling.
- Coordinates the school-based traditional athletic training program as assigned and as consistent with the hospital contractual agreement, to ensure quality services and excellent communication with school officials, coaches, athletes and parents. Keeps the director and supervisor apprised of key issues and concerns.
- Assures proper function of modalities and equipment and follows appropriate procedure for correction of malfunctioning equipment. Participates in annual budget process by recommending appropriate equipment and supply needs for patient care.
- Works with other staff to ensure adequate stock of appropraite supplies. Follows hospital policy in dealing with outside vendors and salespeople regarding new product consideration and inservices.
- Participates in and documents as needed multidisciplinary meetings and conferences. Communicates appropriately with the care team between meetings to maintain continuity of care.
- Upon physician referral performs comprehensive clinic patient evaluation and treatment for assigned patients including all elements of required evaluation, time specific goal setting and program planning including frequency and duration. This is established in accordance with policy and regulatory standards. Incorporates patient/family goals, patient educational needs and home exercise program planning. Utilizes all appropriate and available medical record information and patient history to complete the assessment, including ongoing contacts with referring providers as needed. Incorporates appropriate communication with family as indicated by patient age and needs.
- Performs appropriate and safe clinical patient treatment including all necessary modalities and therapeutic activities as indicated by patient status. Modifies the therapeutic program based upon patient assessment and goals, and physician directive referral as indicated. Completes all required documentaton including initial assessment, daily and progress notes, re evaluations, patient home exercise programs and communications with providers and payers. Documents in accordance with hospital policy and regulatory requirements. Completes documentation in electronic and paper format as appropriate, in accordance with policy for timeliness, accuracy, completeness and compliance.
- Completes required logs for daily and weekly billing and productivity measurement in accordance with policy, on time.
- Participates in department staff meetings, inservices and quality improvement activities. Responds promptly and appropriately to changes in policies and procedures announced at department meetings and via verbal and written communications. Proactively discusses procedural issues and opportunities wtih management in a professional and constructive manner.
- Participates in educating students interested in health care careers by interacting with and overseeing shadowing volunteers and other pre-professional students. May participate in professional clinical education programs by functioning as a clinical instructor for appropriate level students.
- Participates in orientation and training of employees.
- In accordance with licensure provides conditioning, prevention, immediate care, assessment and treatment of athletic injuries in the traditional setting as established by contractual agreement with community schools. Documents these services in accordance with policy and contract. Completes and submits appropriate documentation and invoicing to ensure timely reimbursement from the schools for services provided.
- As assigned coordinates Orthopedic/Sports Rehabilitation clinic services across all disciplines, including providing triage of new referrals and ongoing scheduling guidance for other Rehabilitation staff and schedulers, in order to assist in the appropriate and efficient use of staff and patient schedules.
- Contributes to the departmental Performance Improvement Program. Examples include: performing peer review, data collection and analysis. Reviewing and recommending program, protocol and procedures. Participating in policy development and implementation. Updating EHR or other assessment and documentaton tools. Functioning as CCCE. Representing the department in mulit disciplinary teams and committees, and other projects and tasks that require the knowledge and training of the clinician.
- Meets productivity standards as established for the clinical services. Initiates timely communications with supervisor when circumstances may impact the clinician's ability to meet expectations. Participates in the development and monitoring of a clinical schedule that balances patient needs, productivity expectations and practice preferences. Is proactive in managing patient schedules in order to achieve productitvity expectations.
- Establishes an annual plan for professional improvement in consultation with the supervisor and participates in appropriate ongoing continuing education. Provides peers with inservice training.
Education Required:Bachelor of Science an Athletic Training program accredited by CAAHEP or its successor organization.
One year experience which includes traditional and clinical practice.
Experience in a multi-disciplinary Rehabilitation setting, including the use of a therapeutic pool. Experience in orthopedic clinic setting, including managing schedules and working directly with Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Physicians.
License and Certification Required:
Vermont License as an Athletic Trainer. N.A.T.A. National Certification. Certification with BOC.
Ability to practice independently and as part of the Rehabilitation team, in both the clinic and traditional settings, performing evaluations, treatments, prevention and conditioning tasks. Effective written and verbal communication skills in the health care and education environments for athletes of all ages, individually and in teams. Develops, coordinates and implements prevention and conditioning programs in the community in accordance with organizational guidelines. Ability to multi task in the clinic setting to assist in coordination of clinic services. Computer based clinical documentaton skills. Demonstrated ability to understand and follow regulatory and compliance standards for all patient care services, including documentation and billing.