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Providence Health & Services Physical Therapist in Tarzana, California


Providence is calling a Physical Therapist (Per diem/ Day shift) to Providence Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, CA.

We are seeking a Physical Therapist reporting to the Director of Therapy Services, this position will be responsible for planning and implementing specific treatment programs for individual patients according to the principles and practices of physical therapy. The Physical Therapist (PT) collaborates with the interdisciplinary team and provides supervision of the Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) and the Physical Therapy Aide (PT Aide).

In this position you will:


  • Promote patient, physician, customer and employee satisfaction by personal example, treating all contacts with respect

  • Support and participate in activities that foster customer service

  • Communicate and follow the organizational chain of command for notification of patient care/service issues, when appropriate


  • Maintain required applicable licensure, certification and education

  • Attend and successfully complete general and department orientation, in-service programs and the annual key competencies and mandatory update requirements.

  • Participate actively in department staff meetings

  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communications

  • Communicate effectively in a clear, concise, understandable manner. Applicable for the populations: Infant, Pediatric, Adolescents, Adults

  • Maintain knowledge of provision of individualized age specific care. Interacts with adult medical/surgical, geriatric and pediatric patients taking into consideration the needs of each specific age group (i.e. communicating in a careful, clear considerate manner, demonstrates appropriate instructions for ADL retraining, functional mobility training, WB status, safety precautions, cognitive retraining, therapeutic exercises, cognitive retraining, patient /family education for different cognitive levels and Physical abilities). Performs a complete evaluation including referring diagnosis, pertinent history, prior level of function, home/work/family situation, cognitive status, pain level and other subjective complaints, posture, sensation, neurological signs and special tests when appropriate, ROM, strength and functional status

  • Establish physical therapy goals (short and long term), plan of treatment and rehab potential. Formulate an appropriate discharge plan, re-evaluate patient and adjusts goals and plan when necessary (weekly on acute and rehab, monthly in outpatient)

  • Implement treatment plan and demonstrate competency in procedures including bed mobility, transfer training, pre-gait and gait training, therapeutic exercise, massage, mobilization, neuromuscular facilitation, neurodevelopmental training and patient/family education; modalities and use of equipment including DME, prosthetics/orthotics, thermal modalities, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, whirlpool, lavage, topical medications, traction, hoyer lift, CPM and exercise equipment

  • Identify and observe all patient precautions including total hip and total knee replacement, spinal, fall risk and weight bearing status precautions

  • Identify and observe equipment precautions including CPM use, brace use, oxygen use, intermittent pressure pumps, drains, catheters, IV’s and other lines to the patient

  • Identify and observe all precautions when using modalities

  • Complete daily progress notes after each patient treatment. Notes are complete, thorough, legible, timely and accurately reflect the treatment provided and the associated charges. Co-sign daily progress notes and weekly and discharge summaries completed by the PTLA, PTALA, PTA, and PT aide as required by California Physical Therapy Regulations and department policy and procedure

  • Recognize indications/contraindications and normal/abnormal responses to treatment and modify the treatment program appropriately as indicated by the patient’s response

  • Initiate implementation of solutions after considering all available information, raising relevant questions, seeking input from other team members and developing a clinical justification for solutions chosen

  • Demonstrate time management skills by achieving a productivity standard on average of 24 units of service in an 8-hour patient care shift. Prioritize commitments, manages multiple tasks simultaneously and tolerate inconsistencies in the health-care environment with a positive and professional attitude

  • Demonstrate willingness and ability to float to areas within their scope of practice as necessary

  • Participate in case conferences and discharge planning activities

  • Coordinate with a CCS Case Manager for referral to a CCS-Paneled provider or CCS Medical Therapy Unit (MTU) for the patient who may continue to require occupational therapy (or physical therapy) services after hospital discharge


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy

  • Current LA City Fire Card within 30 days of hire

  • Current license or license applicant in the State of California as a Physical Therapist

  • Ability to effectively evaluate and treat patients with a variety of diagnoses

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • 1 year acute care experience

About the hospital you will serve.

Providence Tarzana Medical Center is a 245-bed not-for-profit medical center that serves the San Fernando Valley, offering high quality specialty services, including: heart and vascular care, orthopedics, oncology and senior services. Recognizing the special health care needs of women and children, our Women’s Pavilion & Resource Center provides women’s health and maternity care in once central location. The hospital specializes in pediatrics and has one of the largest neonatal intensive care units in the San Fernando Valley. Providence Tarzana has a reputation for clinical excellence and sophisticated technology with a personal touch. Providence Health & Services cares about the people and the lives that we touch each and every day. We are continually driven by the caring tradition of our heritage – the foundation of our Mission and core-values – to embrace respect, compassion, justice, excellence and stewardship. With a rich past reaching back more than 65 years in Southern California, and 150 years in total, Providence Health & Services today celebrates unprecedented growth, recognition for top quality health care, a vibrant employee culture where new ideas are encouraged and a drive to help the underprivileged - all with an eye toward the future.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services guided by a Mission of caring the Sisters of Providence began over 160 years ago. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: On Call

Shift: Day

Job Category: Administrative (Clinical)

Location: California-Tarzana

Req ID: 246440