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Physical Therapist - Neonatal Graduate Assessment Program

Job ID: 10877
Location: Vancouver, WA
Work Type: Per Diem - Relief
Shift: Day
Shift Length: Variable
FTE: 0.00
Benefit Eligibility: Select benefits

Job Description


PeaceHealth Neonatal Graduate Assessment Program is seeking a per diem Physical Therapist to provide assessment and recommendations to infants and children up to three 3 years of age in the NICU follow up clinic.

The follow-up clinic runs twice a month (the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays) with opportunities for growth into a future developmental clinic. We use the Bayley-4 Scales of Infant and Toddler Development as our primary assessment tool and are willing to train!

About our Neonatal Graduate Assessment Program (GAP) at PeaceHealth:

  • We specialize in providing comprehensive neurodevelopmental assessment of children birth to age three.
  • Our experienced team is comprised of a neonatologist, a pediatrician, physical and occupational therapists and a social worker.
  • Services we recommend can include medical, therapy-based, educational, psychosocial, nutritional, behavioral and developmental interventions.
    • To meet these goals, we work in partnership with primary care providers and other community professionals.

The PeaceHealth 26 bed, 23 room Level 3 NICU has been in operation since 2010, and provides care for newborns of all gestational ages. Our neonatology services are provided through OHSU and the physician team for the GAP Clinic is a collaboration between PeaceHealth and OHSU. 


Responsible for the evaluation of patients, determining plan-of-care and goals of treatment, participating in treatment of patients within the scope of Physical Therapy. May provide oversight to therapy assistants and/or students in following the plan-of-care and treatment of patients appropriate to the age of the patient served; may provide supervision to therapy aides and/or volunteers. Works as part of a patient care team toward the best outcomes for the patient.


  1. Evaluates assigned patients and establishes a treatment plan and goals, using data from a variety of sources, such as patient records, interviews, observation, and team members.
  2. Completes patient treatment according to plan of care and modifies plan to meet patient needs, and updates plan as appropriate.
  3. Completes documentation accurately, timely, according to regulatory and state licensure requirements, and within professional standards.
  4. Collaborates with other healthcare professionals as necessary to ensure smooth continuous care of the patients. May act as a liaison with nursing, medical and other therapy staffs to facilitate problem solving and coordination of other services and act as an educational resource.
  5. May mentor and provide oversight to new caregivers, physical therapist assistants, and/or therapy aides. Provides clinical instruction and training to students.
  6. Recommends and participates in development of new services and programs, quality improvement and monitoring activities.
  7. Participates in staff meetings, patient care meetings, educational in-services, caregiver orientation and other professional activities.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate from a Physical Therapy program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education required.


  • Specific experience in setting as described by the position posting


  • Current Physical Therapist license from the Physical Therapy Licensing Board in state of practice required.
  • Current BLS (Basic Life Support) certification required at date of hire.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, projects and display flexibility in a fast paced and changing work environment
  • Ability to assess patients’ conditions and exercise independent judgment


  • PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center: May be required to cover as an Admission Coordinator/Rehab PPS Coordinator


  • Work requires active physical exertion 34% to 65% of the time.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing over 80 lbs.
  • Work is performed under normal working conditions with adequate lighting and ventilation. Reasonably anticipated exposure to blood and body fluids.
  • Job duties frequently require intense concentration and attention to detail (34-65% of work time).

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For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application.  EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state or federal laws.  

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