Chicago, IL

Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Physical Therapy, Full- Time, Days

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Company Description

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?

Job Description

The Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organizations Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist develops and administers physical therapy evaluations and treatment plans for patients by providing assessments and selecting appropriate techniques and therapies in order to optimize function and prevent disability.


  • Facilitates effective rapport with hospital personnel and medical staff.
  • Performs functions of a staff physical therapist; see job class #7522.
  • Develops good communication channels and excellent follow-through of issues to insure appropriate standards of care.
  • Administration of Work:
    • Provides direct patient care for an estimated 60% of hours worked; see direct patient care responsibilities listed in job description #7522.
    • Performs ongoing assessments of the patient service needs in the SCN, DEC and outpatient pediatric programs.
  • Leadership/Supervisory Skills:
    • Reviews and revises existing programs and service manuals.
    • Orients staff, students, and other health care professional to the role of pediatric physical therapy.
    • Provides input to Performance Management Process for other staff.
    • Attends a minimum of one educational opportunity per year.
  • Communications/Relationships:
    • Keeps manager abreast of activity occurring with Pediatrics.
    • Serves as liaison between the Department of Rehabilitation Services and the medical staff within Pediatrics to promote consistency or expansion of the referral base.
    • Participates in interdisciplinary rounds.
  • Organizational Expectations:
    • Adheres to the NMH and departmental policies and procedures.
    • Adheres to the Code of Ethics, Customer Service Standards and the Patients First Mission as demonstrated through positive patient/guest relations, positive and effective interactions with staff, formulating and meeting developmental goals.
  • Work Environment:
    • The work involves potential risks which require use of safety precautions, use of safe practices with patients (including standard precautions), avoidance of trips and falls, use of body mechanics, and observation of fire and safety regulations. It is the responsibility of the employee to be familiar and compliant with these procedures. The work also involves the use of safe practices with office equipment.
    • Demonstrates responsibility for assessing, treating, caring for neonatal and pediatric populations from a developmental perspective.
  • Physical/Visual/Mental Qualifications of the Position:
    • The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable the individual with disabilities to perform essential functions.
    • Provide clear and effective communication to physicians, patients, families, guests and other members of the health care team.
    • Respond to emergency signals and indicators.
    • Lift patients up to 20 pounds without assistance.
    • Visually assess and monitor patient's efforts at mobility.
    • Observe and comprehend written format in a medical chart.
    • Determine patient's verbal and nonverbal responses during evaluation and treatment activities.
    • Display concentration and attention span for brief and extended periods of time (up to 90 minutes) to perform tasks including patient evaluations, treatments, discharge planning and continuing education instruction).
    • Commute between office space and patient treatment locations.



  • Physical Therapy License, Illinois.
  • Ilinois Department of Professional Regulations.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification.
  • Master of Science or Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy.
  • Minimum of 1 year of clinical experience in pediatrics.

Additional Information

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.


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