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What You Will Do In This Role:
The Exercise Physiologist works independently and/or in conjunction with other cardiopulmonary rehabilitation team members to evaluate, assess and provide appropriate therapeutic interventions and an individualized program tailored to each patient’s needs in both the in and outpatient settings. Ensures therapeutic goals are tailored toward achieving optimal physical and psychosocial well-being through lifestyle changes of the individual. A Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation knowledge base is essential in the areas of exercise physiology, human development and aging, functional anatomy and biomechanics, human behavior, psychology, pathophysiology, risk factors, health appraisal and fitness testing, electrocardiography, emergency procedures and safety, and exercise prescription. Works collaboratively with patient care team members. Provides teaching to both patients and staff as appropriate. Serves as part of the Cardiac Rehabilitation team to meet identified operational needs of the department.
Essential Job Functions:
Provide an individual Exercise Prescription at time of patient admission based on ACSM guidelines utilizing submaximal Exercise Treadmill Test or 6 Minute Walk as a means to establish functional capacity of the patient. Calculates VO2 max / VO2 reserve and METS (metabolic equivalents on admission and throughout the program. Implements PAD (peripheral artery disease) protocol as appropriate
Monitors: Blood pressure, pre, during and post exercise; oxygen saturation utilizing pulse oximetry for the Pulmonary Rehabilitation or respiratory compromised patient; Blood Glucose using the Accucheck bedside monitoring equipment on patients with diabetes.
Applies consistent knowledge in ECG rhythm identification and reports abnormalities to the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation RN or RT. Performs 12-lead ECG (electrocardiogram) when indicated.
Evaluates patient prior to an exercise session for contraindications for starting the exercise session. Performs body composition/BMI/anthropometric and other assessments when indicated, and updates and individualizes the exercise prescription for each patient after each exercise session. Monitors exercise adherence and provides exercise counseling when needed, and participate in the monitoring, documentation, and communication of the patient’s response to the Interdisciplinary Plan of Care (ITP) throughout the program.
Provides patient education, to include but not limited to, risk factors for coronary artery disease, use and safe use of exercise equipment, breathing techniques, home exercise program, body composition, METS, exercise prescription and related topics i.e. Target heart rate, Rating of Perceived Exertion and Dyspnea scales, Exercise mode, intensity, frequency and duration.
Provides the majority of the content and experience for the Exercise Physiology intern to successfully complete and master the role upon graduation.
Minimum Education, Experience, Training, Required Knowledge, Skill, Abilities and Other Job-Related Characteristics:
Education: Bachelor’s or higher degree in kinesiology, exercise physiology, exercise science, or equivalent related degree
Experience: One of the following:
A. Evidence of formal internship completion in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and exercise prescription OR
B. One year of exercise physiologist experience in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation or a clinical cardiovascular setting
Employee completes initial and ongoing training and competencies as defined by service line, facility and department/unit which are specific to the needs of the patient population served (if applicable).
Preferred: ASCM Clinical Exercise Specialist Certification (CES), and/or ACSM Register Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP), and/or AACVPR Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional (CCRP)
This role requires you to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 based on local, state and /or federal law or regulations (unless a medical or religious exemption is approved).
Methodist Hospital opened in 1963 as the first hospital in the now internationally acclaimed South Texas Medical Center. With over 800 beds, Methodist Hospital offers a broad range of specialties including cardiology, oncology, bone marrow transplants, emergency medicine, neurosciences, maternity care, gynecology and orthopedics. We are proud to be the largest provider of the lifesaving ECMO Program in San Antonio, are home to the largest robotics program in the world, and our Adult Blood Cancer and Stem Cell Transplant unit has become the first program to receive FACT Accreditation in North America.
As the flagship hospital, and most comprehensive medical care facility of Methodist Healthcare, we appreciate the support and recognition we receive from the community. We’ve recently been named the No.1 Best Regional Hospital by the U.S. News and World Report for 2019-20. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of care possible for our patients, which is proven by our consecutive Grade A Leapfrog Hospital Safety scores. In addition, Methodist Hospital not only received a Primary Stroke Center designation from The Joint Commission, but has also received a Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from DNV GL Healthcare, designating the facility as offering the most advanced stroke treatment available in a given geographic area. For more information, please visit our website at www.sahealth.com and select Methodist Hospital under Locations.
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If you are looking for an opportunity that provides satisfaction and personal growth, we encourage you to apply for our Exercise Physiologist PRN opening. We promptly review all applications. Highly qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews. Unlock the possibilities and apply today!
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