The exercise physiologist/specialist in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation will provide assessment, treatment and education of cardiac and pulmonary patients and their families. They are responsible for development of exercise prescription, monitoring the patient's response to exercise and recovery and overseeing exercise progression as outlined by the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab clinical guidelines and industry standards.
- Develops exercise prescription and individualized treatment plan based on patient assessment, industry standards and department policy. Modifies/adjusts exercise prescription and treatment plan based on patient response to exercise and patient reassessment.
- Participates in the assessment, monitoring, documentation and communication of patients' response to exercise/treatment.
- Acts as case manager for patients which includes patient intakes, development of Individual Treatment Plans and updates per regulations. Performs clerical duties related to data entry and maintenance of patient records following department guidelines.
- Provides education to patient and families, either through one- on -one interaction or a group setting, on topics related to heart health, pulmonary health, healthy living and behavior modification.
- Responsible for sharing workload of department which includes, but not limited to; daily opening/closing tasks, setting up for exercise/education sessions, cleaning of equipment when needed.
- Serves as a preceptor in the training of new staff.
- Contributes to the department and institution by demonstrating teamwork and a willingness to perform other related duties as assigned or requested by management.
- Works under the direction of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Supervisor and the Medical Directors for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Physical Demands: Ability to lift twenty (20) pounds. Moving, lifting or transferring of patients may involve lifting of up to fifty (50) pounds, as well as assist with weights of more than one-hundred (100) pounds. Ability to stand for extended periods. Fine motor skills. Visual acuity.
Qualifications & Skills:
Education: Bachelor's degree in exercise physiology, exercise science or a related discipline. Master's degree is preferred. ACSM, ACE or ASEP certification a plus.
Training & experience: BLS certified (AHA training) upon hire, prefer one-year experience in cardiopulmonary rehab.
Medical terminology, cardiac and pulmonary anatomy and physiology, familiarity with cardiac and pulmonary medications, knowledge of the primary diagnoses (MI, CHF, PVD, COPD, ILD, PHTN) seen in cardiac and pulmonary rehab patients, insurance requirements, interpretation of 3 lead EKG rhythms and interventions for arrhythmias.
Demonstrates knowledge of contraindications to exercise, normal and abnormal response to exercise and responds appropriately to urgent/emergency situations following hospital/department policy and procedures.
Demonstrates ability to properly take manual blood pressure, correct use of pulse oximeter, glucometer, and safe operation of exercise equipment.
Expected to stay current on updates in knowledge of exercise and other components of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation (nutrition, stress management, behavior modification, etc)