Exercise Physiologist – Norwalk, CT 06850

About Nuvance Health

Nuvance Health is a family of award-winning nonprofit hospitals and healthcare professionals in the Hudson Valley and western Connecticut. Nuvance Health combines highly skilled physicians, state-of-the-art facilities and technology, and compassionate caregivers dedicated to providing quality care across a variety of clinical areas, including Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Oncology, Orthopedics, and Primary Care.

Nuvance Health has a network of convenient hospital and outpatient locations — Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut, and Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York — plus multiple primary and specialty care physician practices locations, including The Heart Center, a leading provider of cardiology care, and two urgent care offices. Non-acute care is offered through various affiliates, including the Thompson House for rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, and the Home Care organizations. For more information about Nuvance Health, visit www.nuvancehealth.org.

Summary:
The exercise physiologist works in conjunction with the other Cardiac Rehabilitation team members to provide an individualized program tailored to each patient’s particular needs. Assists in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care in all aspects of the out-patient Cardiac Rehabilitation/Prevention program as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Responsibilities:
1. Completes initial assessment plans according to the sections policy and procedure Criteria A: Reviews patients present medical status, assesses coronary risks factors, leisure time, work related activities and socioeconomic factors.

2. Plans tailored exercise program and individual goals and within the physical limitation imposed by the disease. Criteria A: Reviews exercise stress test and in conjunction with Medical Director and nurse, formulates individual activity and exercise prescription according to condition and established protocols for each patient Plans tailored exercise program and individual goals and within the physical limitation imposed by the disease. Criteria B: Plans and implements new programs in exercise and fitness and assist in writing policy on the program.

3. Delivers plan of care based on physician’s orders, the patient’s care plan and the section’s policy and procedures. Criteria A: Instructs patients and family regarding disease process, risk factor modification, treatment plan and follow up from out-patient programs Delivers plan of care based on physician’s orders, the patient’s care plan and the section’s policy and procedures. Criteria B: Consults with the Medical Director and nurse when appropriate to change or modify Target Heart Rate or exercise treatment plan.

4. Evaluates and documents out-patient response to treatment, exercise instruction, increase workload (RPE & THR) and counseling according to the section’s policy and procedure. Criteria A:

Evaluates effectiveness of exercise plan and updates accordingly.

Evaluates and documents out-patient response to treatment, exercise instruction, increase workload (RPE & THR) and counseling according to the section’s policy and procedure. Criteria B: Provides feedback to the supervising nurse regarding patient’s exercise plan.

5. Assists in the evaluation of the multidisciplinary teams adherence by routine monitoring of quality improvement indicators and revises indicator accordingly Criteria A: Maintains established program policies and procedures regarding safety, environmental and infection control Assists in the evaluation of the multidisciplinary teams adherence by routine monitoring of quality improvement indicators and revises indicator accordingly Criteria B: Maintains exercise equipment in proper working order, performing maintenance procedures and trouble shooting as necessary Assists in the evaluation of the multidisciplinary teams adherence by routine monitoring of quality improvement indicators and revises indicator accordingly Criteria C: Accurately checks program emergency equipment to insure readines for daily operation Assists in the evaluation of the multidisciplinary teams adherence by routine monitoring of quality improvement indicators and revises indicator accordingly Criteria D: Paticipates in emercency training and procedures

6. Serves as a hospital and community resource person in the area of Cardiac rehabilitation Criteria A: Assists in developing educational material to be distributed as supplemental educational tools Serves as a hospital and community resource person in the area of Cardiac rehabilitation Criteria B: Mentors students and directs volunteer staff as assigned Serves as a hospital and community resource person in the area of Cardiac rehabilitation Criteria C: Represents Cardiac Rehab at community health fairs, screenings and AHA events such as the annual Heart Walk

7. Criteria A:
8. Performs other duties as assigned.

9. Fulfills all compliance responsibilities related to the position.

Other information:
Required: Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from an accredited program in Exercise Science or Bachelor’s degree with a Master’s degree in Exercise Science. Current American Heart Association certification in Basic Life Support required. Working knowledge ECG’a and arrhythmia recognition. Excellent communication skills.

Minimum Experience: zero to six months

Desired: Cardiac Rehabilitation experience preferred. Certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Specialist preferred. Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification preferred. Good knowledge of cardiovascular anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology particularly of ischemic heart disease. Knowledge in cardiovascular exercise, exercise physiology and cardiac rehabilitation are critical good judgement, ability to follow-up and complete projects and high energy level are necessary. An understanding of adult learning methods and psychological intervention is helpful.

Location: Norwalk-34 Maple St

Org Unit: 346

Department: Cardiac Rehab

Work Type: Full-Time

Standard Hours: 36.00

FTE: 0.900000

Work Schedule: Day 9 – This is a 9 hour day position working 7:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday with a varying schedule

Exempt from Overtime: Exempt: No

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Western Connecticut Health Network and its affiliates are Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations and therefore eligible employees may qualify for forgiveness of certain federal student loans under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Qualified Applicants are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or any other classification protected under applicable Federal, State or Local law.

We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact Human Resources at 203-739-7330 (for reasonable accommodation requests only). Please provide all information requested to assure that you are considered for current or future opportunities.

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