UCHealth Athletic Trainer in Denver, Colorado
FTE Status: Full Time
FTE: 1.000000 (FTE x 80 = hours per pay period)
Recognizes, manages, and rehabilitates injuries to professional, amateur and recreational athletes. Provides techniques for prevention of injuries.
Supports the Orthopedic Sports Medicine program by working under direct supervision of the physician in the areas of clinic operation, patient care, education and safety.
Delivers successful service to our internal and external customers by adhering to critical success standards: demonstrating accountability and commitment to quality and safety standards; taking ownership in the financial success of the hospital with appropriate resource use and management; providing exceptional customer service; and exerting effort to insure a positive work environment that demonstrates dedication to the hospital's mission, vision and values. Regular attendance, as outlined in the Attendance and Absenteeism policy, is an essential function of this position.
Performs clinical skills and delegated tasks within the scope of practice of a certified athletic trainer. Escort (or transport, if required) patients to appropriate exam rooms.
Gather and documents patient history and progress. Relay the information to the physician.
As instructed by the physician, complete appropriate forms and referrals.
Monitor the patient flow to ensure that the clinic maximizes room usage and optimal patient care; assisting them to x-ray, patient-education rooms, or scheduling desk as needed.
Obtain all special study reports and physical therapy progress reports prior to the physician going into to see the patient.
As instructed by the physician, prepare the patient for injection.
Direct the physicians to the appropriate exam room to ensure the highest efficiency of clinic operation.
Maintain the exam rooms in a clean, orderly and adequately stocked manner at all times.
As directed by the physician, provides patient education in the following areas: Educate pre-operative patients, as per hospital approved patient education teaching sheets, in the areas of surgical procedures and signs and symptoms to monitor during the post-surgical phase.
Provide and instruct patients on physician approved home exercise programs.
Provide potential patients with the types of services the clinic and physician can provide and direct them to the appropriate facility if unable to render the needed services.
As prescribed by the physicians; administer, adjust and remove casting, bracing and splinting materials.
Assist in the provision of patient equipment and materials by; obtaining insurance authorization for product and supplies provided, directing patients to proper facility to obtain the prescribed product, as dictated by their insurance, and facilitating the obtainment of durable medical equipment at satellite clinics.
Maintain documents, supplies and working environment to ensure the effective and efficient functioning of the clinic. Assists with the following activities under the direction of the physician
Transcribes patient phone calls and directs questions to the appropriate provider.
Maintains physician schedule for maximum efficiency and accommodation of urgent appointments.
Record patient questions and relay them to the physician to provide the patient with the most efficient response.
Transcribes prescription refill requests and communicates requests to physicians. After authorization, calls in prescription refills to the pharmacy.
Maintain clinic supplies to prevent over-stock and complaints from patients and physicians regarding unavailability of supplies or products.
Maintain a clean and orderly clinical area at all times
Maintain knowledge or current equipment resource.
Provides education and technical demonstrations to students, nursing staff, residents and other healthcare professionals; assists in orienting and mentoring staff. This includes patient care procedures, and application of bracing, splinting and casting.
Advocates for patient safety and actively participates in emergency preparedness activities.
Performs front office duties as assigned.
Requirements and Credentials:
Minimum Required Education: Bachelor's degree. Continuing education in the field.
Preferred Education: Master's degree.
Certification by National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).
Registration with the State of Colorado as an Athletic Trainer.
Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider. BLS through the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer with card in-hand before start date. BLS or CPR card must be good through sixty days of hire. All life support certification cards must be issued by either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer. (American Red Cross for the Professional Rescuer is only good upon hire and all renewals will need to be through an American Heart Association sanctioned course.)
Minimum Experience: 1 year of experience in an orthopedic setting providing direct patient care. Experience working in conjunction with orthopedic/sports medicine physicians.
Advanced knowledge of the field as it relates to sports medicine.
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