Oregon Health & Science University

Physical Therapist - PEDS (Relief)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
DCH Rehab - Pediatric Rehabilitation Services
Salary Range
$42.77 - $58.71 per hour
This position requires availability of 4 shifts per pay period and may include weekend or holiday coverage
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

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The purpose of this job/position is to function as a member of the Rehabilitation Services patient care team by providing physical therapy evaluation and treatment for our neonatal and pediatric population. Treatment includes therapy services such as neonatal/infant massage and manual therapy, NDT, non-pharmacological pain management, family/caregiver education, and various other physical modalities to promote gross and fine motor development, improve breathing mechanics, and assist patients in improving strength, endurance, mobility and flexibility. The physical therapist in this position would be expected to serve clients in multiple areas of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, including the Doernbecher Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric ICU, Pediatric Medical/Surgical wards, and outpatient follow-up services.


Therapists evaluate each patient referred, establish treatment goals/objectives, develop a treatment plan and implement the plan. Therapists are expected to supervise therapy interns and students, assist with other educational research activities conducted by the department or the hospital and meet hospital standards regarding documentation and productivity.

Function/Duties of Position


  • Ensures the safety and welfare of patients and fellow employees
  • Utilizes proper posture, sound body mechanics and principles for safe patient handling
  • Considers the needs of patients, employees, medical staff, volunteers, vendors and members of the community in an informative, courteous and compassionate manner
  • Maintains general good physical and mental health and self-care in order not to jeopardize the health and safety of self and others in the hospital / clinical setting


  • Maintains current knowledge of professional practice responsibilities and relevant national and state laws and issues which affect their practice
  • Models ethical appropriate behavior, professional standards, compliance, and personal integrity
  • Identifies and pursues continuing education opportunities; applies and shares new knowledge
  • Participates in departmental staff meetings and in-service education programs
  • Takes responsibility for special projects and assignments, and additional caseload when needed
  • Displays mature, empathetic and effective professional relationships by exhibiting compassion, integrity and concern for others
  • Conducts oneself in an ethical and legal manner, upholding the APTA Code of Ethics, OHSU, federal privacy policies, and state statues / OAR's specific to discipline.
  • Adapts to changing and demanding environments


  • Demonstrates excellent customer service and communication skills in all interactions with patients and family, including both telephone and face-to-face situations
  • Uses I CARE for introduction and closing
  • Demonstrates active listening skills and supportive, professional/behavior at all times, to patients, families and staff
  • Addresses complaints and problems promptly and courteously, involving management when indicated
  • Communicates with patients/families, other health care team members, in a time and cost efficient, courteous manner


  • Prioritizes care needs given medical necessity, discharge plan, medical stability and appropriateness to participate in rehabilitation
  • Performs and documents skilled patient care activities, including direct treatment and caregiver/patient/family education
  • Monitors and adjusts treatment plan specific to patient progress
  • Facilitates routine patient activity plans with nursing and other caregivers
  • Updates recommendations to team regarding continuing rehabilitation needs and plan as patient’s condition and situation warrant
  • Directs, supports and provides supervision as required for PTA’s, Aides and volunteers
  • Develops and enhances patient care program and patient outcomes in specialty area
  • Documents treatment and other patient contacts in patient's medical record in compliance with DNV, OHSU, OAR’s and third-party payer criteria


  • Collaborates with the patient, family and medical team in multi-disciplinary patient rounds, ensuring a common level of understanding of the patient’s rehabilitation needs, and providing recommendations for rehabilitation after discharge
  • Requests patient /family conferences as appropriate, and participates in conferences representing department, heightens awareness of and advocates for rehab needs of patient
  • Enhances patient safety both during and after hospitalization by assisting the team in problem-solving, including but not limited to fall risk reduction, prevention of contracture, implementation of structured activity for patients with cognitive impairments
  • Provides feedback and educates physicians, fellows, residents, and other health care providers about rehabilitation (including but not limited to medical necessity for skilled rehabilitation services and appropriate referrals, and expectations for rehabilitation outcome and rehabilitation service intensity at various levels of care)


  • Provides evidenced-based clinical instruction experiences and supervision for physical therapy students and physical therapist assistant students, typically in a backup role to full time CI’s
  • Ensure student completion of weekly goals; identifies and facilitates achievement of affiliation objectives
  • Provides regular feedback, completes CPI on schedule
  • Participates in the supervision and training for students from other disciplines


  • Maintains current knowledge of, and complies with hospital and department policies and procedures, union contracts, etc.
  • Ensures baseline skills for patient management in all inpatient areas and maintains proficiency through regular exposure and patient care activity, mentoring with other staff, and formal or informal peer review
  • Participates in ongoing professional development, mentoring and competency assessment for self and other staff. Includes but is not limited to: attends educational classes appropriate to a job development, communicates additional training needs to direct supervisor, attends staff meetings and orients new staff, cross-trains for position in assigned or other areas
  • Assists in department quality improvement. Independently maintains an organized schedule, solves schedule conflicts through peer collaboration and informs supervisor when adequate patient coverage is not available


  • Maintains a clean, safe and orderly environment for the patients, family and staff. Includes, but is not limited to: maintaining supplies, equipment and forms, notifying appropriate personnel when cleaning and repair of equipment is needed following infection control policies
  • Ensures return of equipment after patient use to designated place (whether unit-owned or department-owned)
  • Ensures and supports the delivery of individualized, high quality, current and evidenced based patient instructional materials; appropriate for patient condition and learning preferences
  • Ensures scheduler / manager has ongoing, current availability for scheduling.
  • Responds in a timely manner to scheduling requests; both for pre-scheduling requests for work opportunity response, and same day-notice unscheduled requests.
  • Meets or exceeds departmental efficiency expectations

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate of an accredited physical therapy education program.
  • Clinical Skills in evaluation, treatment and team collaboration, consistent with acute care physical therapist practice
  • MS or DPT in Physical Therapy
  • A current license with the Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board as a Physical Therapist
  • OR Completed an accredited physical therapy educational program and be eligible to obtain an Oregon Physical Therapy license or temporary permit
  • At the time of appointment must have at least a temporary permit
  • Current American Heart Association BLS Certification
  • Compliance with Code of Conduct, Respect in the workplace and Applicable policies, procedures and agreements related to position, department or OHSU as a whole

  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  • DPT
  • Experience in Pediatric Acute Rehab, PICU, NICU

Additional Details

Salary Range: $42.77 - $58.71 per hour

  • Routine inpatient hospital environment
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs., to repeatedly carry equipment weighing more than 5 lbs. and to walk extensively on hard and soft surfaces. Frequent bending and reaching to navigate medical equipment or perform treatment is required. Motor ability to successfully assist patients in transfers, gait. Must have knowledge of inpatient medical environments and equipment such as oxygen/ventilation/respiratory apparatuses. Requires ability to respond quickly and appropriately to urgent medical situations that may arise with high risk or medically complex patient populations.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.


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