Clinic Assistant - Encino
Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS) helps people with brain injury find hope, independence and a meaningful life - and you can play a key role in that journey as a Clinic Assistant.
The Clinic Assistant assists with patient treatment and the implementation of therapeutic programs in the Encino Clinic, primarilly in the Occupational Therapy Department. Work is full-time during the weekdays, Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:30pm, and is performed at the clinic with few occasions at the residential site or in the community.
A high degree of accuracy in documentation and observation, adaptability to a variety of situations, strong organizational and communication skills, decision making and an ability to evaluate situations as they occur is needed for this position.
For over 35 years, Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS) has provided post-acute medical treatment, rehabilitation and disease management, and offers residential, inpatient, outpatient and assisted living programs. Locations include Bakersfield, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas.
Our facilities have been honored many times by the prestigious Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International) for excellence in therapeutic programs, staff education, patient treatment, and leadership. We also conduct research on brain injury and recovery, with a dedicated, in-house team of Ph.D. researchers who collaborate with major U.S. universities. Please see our moving corporate video, "The Story of Centre for Neuro Skills" at http://www.neuroskills.com/about-us/tour-cns.php.
The company offers a competitive salary and benefits, paid time off, extended sick leave, medical insurance, paid holidays, and 401(k).
Assists with the implementation of patient treatment programs in the Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech/Education Departments according to legal guidelines and under the direct supervision of a licensed therapist. Requires lifting, handling, carrying and manipulating patients, equipment and supplies weighing up to 150 pounds. Requires ability to use proper lifting techniques, good balance, and sufficient strength to provide patients with virtually all levels of assistance from standby to maximum assistance. Must have adequate endurance, motor, visual and cognitive skills to demonstrate and/or assist with therapeutic exercises, activities of daily living, social skills, transfers and handling therapeutic equipment.
Performs documentation such as daily progress notes, treatment modules, and behavior modification documentation. Performs organizational/administrative projects such as filing and light typing. Sets up and dismantles patient charts in a timely manner.
Performs end of the day clean-up consisting of cleaning the mats, changing pillow cases, and returning equipment to appropriate storage areas. Routinely cleans hydrocollator in PT, storage closets and other equipment as necessary. Reports all defective equipment to the appropriate department.
Provides for the safety of patients, visitors, staff and self when interacting with patients who may have behavioral outbursts, which can include yelling, exiting, hitting, kicking, biting, spitting, scratching, and throwing objects.
- Must be able to recognize patient escalation, via verbal, physical and visual cues.
- Must be able to attempt to verbally and physically de-escalate patient using Behavior Modification techniques according to each patient's program, which may include Professional Assault Crisis Training (Pro-ACT) such as evasive self-defense (ability to get out of the way) and controlling self-defense (take-downs).
- Physical intervention and take-downs can include calling for help, lifting, standing, walking, running, stooping, bending, kneeling, squatting, carrying, pulling, pushing and assisting with the restraint of patients weighing up to 150 pounds or more.
Performs toilet and chair transfers without assistance for patients up to 150 pounds utilizing approved transfer techniques. Transfer techniques include standing, walking, stooping, bending, kneeling, squatting, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling. Patients requiring moderate to maximum assistance and weighing over 150 pounds are lifted and/or transferred by two persons.
Uses special equipment as required by each patient including, but not limited to wheelchairs, walkers, canes, exercise mats, treatment balls, swings, rotating chairs, rocking boards, tilt tables, stationary bikes, universal weights and smaller equipment including writing implements, measuring tape and all equipment related to various forms of pain relief modalities at any given time according to the outline of each patient's program. May require fine motor manipulation, lifting, reaching, carrying, pushing and pulling when working with equipment weighing up to 100 pounds.
A Clinic Assistant transports patients in company-owned or personal vehicle when company transportation vehicles are unavailable requiring transferring and driving abilities. Must be a cleared driver, i.e. clear DMV report, registration, and insurance verification.
Maintains professional and ethical relationships with staff, patients, patient families, and other visitors.
Attends staff meetings, in-services, and all scheduled shifts.
Comprehends and follows instructions:
- Maintain attention and concentration for necessary periods.
- Apply common sense understanding and carry out instructions (written, oral or diagrammatic).
- Adapt to situations requiring the precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards.
Performs simple and repetitive tasks:
- Ask simple questions or request assistance when needed.
- Perform routine, concrete, organized activities.
- Remember locations and work procedures.
- Make decisions based on simple sensory data.
Maintains work pace appropriate to given work load:
- Perform activities on schedule, maintain regular attendance, and be punctual within specified tolerance.
- Complete normal workday and/or week, perform at a consistent pace without excessive rest periods.
Performs complex or varied tasks:
- Synthesize, coordinate and analyze data.
- Perform job requiring precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards.
Relates to other people beyond giving and receiving instructions:
- Can get along with co-workers or peers without exhibiting behavioral extremes.
- Maintain open door policy to encourage active, empathetic listening
- Perform work activities requiring negotiating, instructing, supervising, persuading or speaking with others
- Respond appropriately to criticism from a supervisor and/or other staff member(s)
Effectively influences people on a consistent basis:
- Convince or redirect others.
- Understand the meaning of words and use them effectively.
- Interact appropriately with people which includes the provision of appropriate internal and external customer service.
Makes generalizations, evaluations or decisions without immediate supervision:
- Recognize potential hazards and observe appropriate precautions.
- Understand and remember detailed instructions.
- Make independent decisions or judgments based on sensory data or known guidelines.
Accepts and carries out responsibility for direction, control and planning:
- Set realistic goals or make plans independently of others.
- Negotiate, instruct or supervise people.
- Respond appropriately to changes in the work setting.
PREFERRED DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS
Performs other duties as assigned.
SPECIAL SKILLS UTILIZED, EDUCATION LEVEL, TRAINING
Bachelor's Degree required.
Experience as a Neuro Rehabilitation Specialist, or experience in rehabilitation or related field is preferred.