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Day - 08 Hour (United States of America)

The Physical Therapist II is an experienced therapist who is fully competent with all essential functional and job duties of a Physical Therapist I, but also has expertise and experience in evaluating and developing treatment plans for more complex patients and for a wide variety of ages and diagnoses, utilizing advanced skills and techniques to solve patient care needs in an accurate and efficient manner. The Physical Therapist II takes an active role in multi-disciplinary care team discussions, recommending the most appropriate treatment plan for the needs of the patient. The Therapist II serves as a clinical advisor to less experienced Therapists by consulting on complex clinical presentations, reviewing treatment plans and collaborating to develop and implement complex Physical Therapy care plans. Supervises patient care responsibilities of Physical Therapy interns, Physical Therapy Assistants and duties of Rehabilitation Aide. Functions as a Clinical Instructor in the Physical Therapy student program. Contributes to program development, performance improvement, development of departmental policies and procedures, and other specialized programs. Completes required classes and in-service programs, which support work as Physical Therapists, as needed.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility entailed.
  • Employees must abide by all Joint Commission requirements including, but not limited to, sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patients' rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.
  • Employees must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the C-I-CARE Standards of the Hospital. C-I-CARE is the foundation of Stanford's patient-experience and represents a framework for patient-centered interactions.
  • C-I-CARE
    Executes world class practices of service and patient care in support of C-I-CARE standards.
    Uses C-I-CARE templates and the following components for all communication with patients and staff:
    • CONNECT with people by calling them their proper name, or the name they prefer (Mr., Ms., Dr.)
    • INTRODUCE yourself and your role
    • COMMUNICATE what you are going to do, how long it will take, and how it will impact the patient
    • ASK permission before entering a room, examining a patient or undertaking an activity
    • RESPOND to patient's questions or requests promptly; anticipate patient needs
    • EXIT courteously with an explanation of what will come next.

Must meet and be proficient in performing all of the essential functions of Physical Therapist I with a more complex patient population as well as the following:
  • Participates in clinical teaching, including the clinical instruction of physical therapy interns/students, residents, and other staff.
  • Prepares and presents an in-service (at least one annually)
  • Provides input regarding the educational needs of the staff and serves as a resource in meeting those needs.
  • With the support of the manager, may initiate clinical research within area of clinical expertise
  • Provides mentoring to others when appropriate and serves as a role model/resource/teacher/mentor to less experienced physical therapists
  • Leads patient care conferences, communicating with and teaching other care providers.
  • Identifies departmental performance improvement issues and participates in performance improvement activities, e.g. chart reviews, revision of documentation forms, workflow studies, etc.
  • Contributes to the development of departmental policies and procedures.
  • Identifies needs for equipment repair or upgrade to maintain quality of care; makes recommendations for selection and purchase of specific equipment and supplies

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

  • Bachelor's, Masters' or Doctorate degree required.
  • Graduation from an approved Physical Therapy curriculum.
  • Two (2) years clinical experience as Physical Therapist.
  • PT - Physical Therapist licensed by the state of California by the Physical Therapy Board of California.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

Knowledge and adherence to Code of Ethics and performance standards specific to the clinician's professional organization Knowledge of available equipment and vendors used in assigned area Knowledge of basic business aspects of position, such as utilization management, charging practices and regulatory practice compliance; Knowledge of evaluation and treatment methodologies as applied to routine patient care Knowledge of legal issues affecting the clinical practice Knowledge of pathologies and injuries which result in physical impairments Knowledge of principles, methods, equipment and theory of the practice of clinical specialty Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, clearly, concisely and effectively with patients, families, co-workers, visitors, supervisors and other health professionals Ability to develop and document clearly and accurately treatment goals that are realistic, measurable, appropriate, functionally based and that include patient/family input Ability to develop, implement and adapt treatment programs Ability to evaluate patients and interpret clinical data and make clinical judgments in clinically complex situations Ability to develop, implement and adapt treatment programs to changing clinical status Ability to provide appropriate care and progress treatment based on professional standards of practice, and on the needs of the specific individual, including age and developmental considerations, cultural and psychosocial issues, precautions and medical condition Ability to utilize sound clinical reasoning to determine appropriate patient interventions; demonstrates good safety awareness, judgment and problem analysis and resolution Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with others Ability to clinically supervise, train and evaluate students/interns. Ability to apply advanced clinical skills in treating difficult and complex cases

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

  • The work involves considerable exertion such as frequent lifting of patients and equipment, bending and stooping, and walking.
  • The work environment involves moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions e.g. working with risk of exposure of contagious disease, radiation or infection, working with emotionally disturbed patients. Precautions are routine for nearly all situations. The employee might be required to use protective clothing or gear.


Category/Description: Category II - Tasks that involve NO exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues, but employment may require performing unplanned Category I tasks

Equal Opportunity Employer Stanford Health Care (SHC) strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, SHC does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements.