As a member of the multidisciplinary team the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Clinician provides patient assessment, interventions, education, documentation, reporting and communications specific to Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program needs. Performs other duties as assigned. Is compliant with all applicable State and Federal laws, regulations and policies governing the provision of health care.
Physical Therapist: Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited school.
Exercise Physiologist: Bachelors' Degree in Exercise Science or Exercise Physiology with a focus on Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.
Registered Nurse or Respiratory Therapist: Associates Degree in Nursing or Respiratory Care from accredited schools.
Exercise Physiologist: Master's degree in Exercise Science.
All clinicians: Advanced training in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation preferred.
Three years experience providing patient care services in a healthcare environment in the fields of cardiac and or pulmonary rehabilitation, Acute care Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy or Cardiopulmonary Nursing.
Experience performing patient assessments, interventions, education, documentation, reporting and communications specific to Cardiac Rehabilitation and or Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Use of EHR. Prior or current telemetry experience.
License and Certification Requirements
Physical Therapist, Registered Nurse and Respiratory Therapist must have current Vermont licensure without stipulations.
All clinicians: Current BLS & ACLS Certifications, or certifications acquired within 6 months of hire.
License and Certification Desired
Certification as a Clinical Exercise Specialist (ACSM).
Certification in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation from AACVPR.
In accordance with CMS regulations: Must be able to independently perform a comprehensive assessment of the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation patient. Must be able to supervise the telemetry monitored exercise of 4-5 individuals, while progressing the individual exercise programs, providing patient training in the use of all exercise equipment, assessing patient response to exercise, taking and interpreting all appropriate vital signs including but not limited to HR, BP, RPE, cardiac telemetry and pulse oximetry and documenting the exercise session. Interpreting 3 lead telemetry strips while patients are exercising in the progrma. Use of the computerized patient monitoring and documentation system. Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation education and communication skills with individuals and groups. Work and communicate collaboratively with all members of the multidisciplinary team, including the medical directors and referring providers, in accordance with AACVPR guidelines.
Ability to establish and modify the exercise prescription based on stress test results, other diagnostic test results, medications, patient co morbidities and patient responses to exercise.