1. Contributes expertise as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to offer comprehensive treatment strategies to provide positive outcomes for individual participants and for the cardiac health, rehabilitation and prevention program.
2. Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively with rehab team members about individual patient findings or concerns and about program improvement issues.
3. Demonstrates a willingness to strive toward proficiency in the core competencies.
4. Demonstrates the interpersonal and observational skills needed to effectively identify appropriate psychosocial adaptation to illness and/or the presence of psychopathology (e.g., depression, anger, excessive anxiety, coronary prone behavior, etc.).
5. Assesses patients' risk factors that are modifiable and demonstrates ability to offer support and strategies to aid patient in successful therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC).
6. Understands and utilizes contemporary theories of health behavior change in helping participants identify learning and lifestyle modification goals.
7. Participates in the program's educational efforts, classes and/or individual sessions.
8. Participates in the initial assessment and orientation of new participants. Assists in the development of the plan of care with other staff members.
9. Effectively applies knowledge of exercise science to a population with cardiovascular and/or pulmonary disease and other potential co-morbidities.
10. Develops and adjusts individual exercise prescription in accordance with graded exercise testing, daily patient response in rehab, and physician recommendations on a regular basis.
11. Supervises exercise session, monitoring participants for inappropriate responses to exercise.
a. Responsible for blood pressure measurement and observation of telemetry response.
b. Responsible for pulse oximetry measurement and observation of SPO2 response.
12. Assesses participants pre, during and post exercise making appropriate referrals and/or recommendations to the participant, other staff, and Medical Director.
13. Charts and documents initial and daily assessment data in participant records.
14. Immediately reports any new, changing and/or significant participant conditions (dysrhythmias, abnormal blood pressure responses, change in participants' status, etc.) to the physician supervising the program.
15. Initiates ACLS measures and/or emergency care according to policy
16. Participates in the collection, analysis and reporting of identified individual patient outcomes and program outcomes.
17. Keeps current in the field of cardiac & pulmonary rehabilitation through journals, in-services and conferences.
18. Participates in emergency drills and mock codes on a routine basis.
19. Attends all scheduled staff meetings.
* Bachelor degree in Exercise Science/Physiology, Masters degree strongly desired * Twenty-four (24) months recent and relevant experience. * Demonstrates ability to perform necessary skills and competencies. * Desire to work within a comprehensive health care team. * Commitment to a healthy lifestyle as a model for participants and staff.