Physical Therapy Skills Checklist

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Physical Therapy Skills Checklist

Instructions: This checklist is meant to serve as a general guideline for our client facilities as to the level of your skills within your nursing specialty. Please use the scale below to describe your experience/expertise in each area listed below.

Work Settings

No Experience Need Traning Able to perform with Supervision Able to perform Independently
Adult/adult ICU
Children’s hospital
General acute care
Home health care
Outpatient neuro
Outpatient ortho
Pediatrics/PICU
Psychiatric hospital
Rehabilitation hospital
School setting
Early intervention
Skilled care facility
Subacute
Orthopedics

No Experience Need Traning Able to perform with Supervision Able to perform Independently
Upper extremities
Arthritis programs
Back syndrome
Cervical injuries
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Fibromyalgia
Halo traction
Hand injury
Hip fracture
Kyphoplasty
Orthopedics – cont.

No Experience Need Traning Able to perform with Supervision Able to perform Independently
Manual therapy
Mobilization techniques
Pelvic fracture
Postpolio syndrome
Shoulder injuries
TMJ dysfunction
Total hip/total knee
Total joint replacement
Total shoulder/CPM
Neurologic

No Experience Need Traning Able to perform with Supervision Able to perform Independently
ALS
Brain tumors
Cerebral palsy
Multiple sclerosis
Muscular dystrophy
Polio/post polio syndrome
Spinal cord injury
Adaptive equipment
Functional splinting
Neurodevelopmental testing (NDT)
Head trauma
Glasgow coma scale
Stroke rehabilitation
Wheelchair prescription
Pediatrics

No Experience Need Traning Able to perform with Supervision Able to perform Independently
Activities of daily living
Adaptive
Developmental disability
Equipment assessment
Individualized education programs
Neurodevelopmental testing (NDT)
Orthotics
Sequencing testing
Sports Medicine

No Experience Need Traning Able to perform with Supervision Able to perform Independently
Biodex
Bracing/joint
Cybex
Immobilization
Lido
Medical expenses (Norwegian)
Nautilus/eagle
Orthotron/kinetron
Stabilization techniques
Swiss ball
Taping/strapping
Prosthetics/Orthotics

No Experience Need Traning Able to perform with Supervision Able to perform Independently
Dynamic splints
LE prosthetics
Protonics
Removeable rigid dressings
Serial casting
Static splints
UE prosthetics
Modalities

No Experience Need Traning Able to perform with Supervision Able to perform Independently
Anodyne
Biofeedback
Edema massage
Fluidotherapy
Iontophoresis
JOBST compression pump
Muscle stimulation
Paraffin bath
Phonophoresis
TENS
Therapeutic pool
Ultrasound
Other

No Experience Need Traning Able to perform with Supervision Able to perform Independently
Burn management
Cardiac rehabilitation
Chest physical therapy
DME ordering
FIM scoring
Job task analysis
Lymphedema management
OASIS assessment for home care
Obstetrics in physical therapy
Tone management/spasticity
Wheelchair ordering for SCI patients
Work capacity evaluation
Work hardening
Wound care
Medicare (Knowledge of payment sources)
Medicaid (Knowledge of payment sources)
MDS (Knowledge of payment sources)
General Skills

No Experience Need Traning Able to perform with Supervision Able to perform Independently
Patient/family teaching
Patients in isolation
Patients in restraints
Initial evaluation
Lift/transfer devices
Specialty beds
End of life care/palliative care
Cerner (Computerized Charting)
EPIC (Computerized Charting)
McKesson (Computerized Charting)
Meditech (Computerized Charting)
Accurate patient identification (National Patient Safety Goals)
Effective communication (National Patient Safety Goals)
General Skills – cont.

No Experience Need Traning Able to perform with Supervision Able to perform Independently
Pain assessment & management
Infection control
Universal precautions
Care of patients in isolation
Minimize risk of falls
Prevention of pressure ulcers
Age Specific Competencies

No Experience Need Traning Able to perform with Supervision Able to perform Independently
Infant (birth to 1 year)
Toddler (ages 1-3 years)
Preschooler (ages 3-5 years)
Childhood (ages 6-12 years)
Adolescents (ages 12-21 years)
Young Adults (ages 21-39 years)
Adults (ages 40-64 years)
Older Adults (ages 65-79 years)
Elderly (ages 80+ years)
Please list any Additional Skills:

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Additional training:
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Additional equipment:
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I hereby certify that ALL information I have provided on this skills checklist, is true and accurate. I understand and acknowledge that any misrepresentation or omission may result in disqualification from employment and/or immediate termination.