Job Description

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

The Certified Athletic Trainer will report directly to Director of Clinics but will work in close relation and under the guidance of Providers.

POSITION SUMMARY:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Under the general supervision of the Clinic Providers, the Athletic Trainer provides athletic training services and assists in the prevention, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Provides athletic trainer coverage of athletic activities, organizes orthopedic clinics, advises on prevention and care of athletic injuries, and team-teaches athletic training classes. Position includes clinic support of providers, high school coverage, and event coverage. Some days, nights, and weekend work. 40 hour a week position – clinic time varies depending on clinical needs and sport coverage.

Description

Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains with beautiful lakes and trails for hiking, biking, fishing, and skiing, this facility is thriving and is looking for a highly motivated Certified Athletic Trainer to fill a Full Time position, while providing excellent care to our community. It’s an exciting opportunity to be an integral part of the successful growth this rural hospital is experiencing.  This position will work mainly at our Portola Campus.  Sign on Bonus included plus a fantastic benefits package: Health, Dental, Vision, Life, 403(b) and more!!!

Eastern Plumas Health Care is a small, non-profit, critical access hospital, providing comprehensive medical services to Plumas County since 1971. We operate an acute care hospital at our main Portola campus, which includes a 24-hour, physician staffed, emergency room and ambulance service. In addition, four primary care medical clinics and a dental clinic offer residents a full spectrum of health care services in the Graeagle, Greenville, Loyalton, and Portola communities. There are also hospital-based Skilled Nursing Facilities in Portola and Loyalton. 

Per CDPH: All healthcare workers are required to be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine. We offer this free of charge as a part of your new employment process. 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Provides onsite treatment for athletes during athletic events: taping, icing, stretching, etc.
  • Communication with coaches and student-athletes of assigned teams.
  • Assist in coverage of athletic training clinic open hours.
  • Travel as required/needed with sports teams.
  • Assesses athletes’/patients to determine modifications of therapy and treatment needs in consultation with physician or physical therapist.
  • Develops exercise programs that appropriately addresses athletes’/patients short- and long-term goals.
  • Demonstrate and help athletes’/patients execute prescribed therapeutic exercises per physician protocols or physical therapist directions.
  • Monitors athletes’/patients’ response to treatment.
  • Educates athletes’/patients regarding exercise program, health needs, and risks.
  • Coordinates care with other patient care providers as appropriate.
  • Completes appropriate documentation including reports, treatments, intake forms, message logs etc.
  • Cleans, maintains, and inspects exercise equipment. Reports repair and maintenance needs.
  • Actively engages in marketing and community educational programs.
  • Provides Certified Athletic Trainer services as assigned: Work closely with physician to facilitate post-operative care and injury treatment/rehabilitation.
  • Educate athletes’/patients on injuries, diagnosis and post-operative care and attend to athletes’/patients’ questions/messages for physician.
  • Perform the following duties for athletes’/patients Casting, Splinting, Brace fitting, Wound care, and bandaging, etc.
  • Assist with procedures and concussion treatments.
  • File paperwork correctly and obtain prior authorizations on certain procedures and surgery.
  • Counseling and guidance; provide health care information and referral to student-athletes, parents, and athletic and medical staff
  • Emergency assessment and management; prepare and execute plans for life-threatening or life-changing situations.
  • • Organization and administration of athletic training program; maintain records, daily operation of facilities, follow safety and sanitation standards
  • Clinical supervision of athletic training students
  • Knowledge of university and department policies and procedures; principles and practices of organization and administration; principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation;
  • Knowledge of information specific to sports medicine
  • Knowledge of federal, state, conference, and NCAA regulations, legalities, standards, and liabilities
  • Knowledge of current practices and latest research in the field of sports medicine.
  • Perform related duties as required

PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR:

  • Places the athlete’s/patient’s safety, comfort, dignity, and convenience before all other considerations
  • Behaves with courtesy and respect when speaking to athlete’s/patient’s, health professionals, and others
  • Strives to develop and maintain mutually beneficial long-term relationships with clients, business partners, community leaders and co-workers
  • Follows departmental operating procedures (including but not limited to neatness in work area, time off requests, attendance, completing expense accounts, and safety measures in office and field)
  • Displays flexibility and adaptability in responding to departmental and professional changes
  • Demonstrates interpersonal relations, honesty, and ethical behavior of the highest standards
  • Seeks to do the right thing with respect to every decision • Seeks to understand and faithfully serve the needs of the community
  • Strives for both the short- and long-term profitability of EPHC
  • Applies recommendations for personal and departmental growth improvement
  • Appearance is professional and complies with organizational dress code
  • Participates and adheres to department Quality Improvement activities, seeking to provide the best care while looking for ways to further improve?
  • Responds to and fully resolves patient concerns
  • Delivers care perceived by the patient/family to be personal, respectful, attentive, courteous, tactful, and professional
  • Demonstrates support and follows the Mission & Values of EPHC at all times
  • Able to express empathy towards athlete’s/patient’s during demanding athlete/patient and organizational needs
  • Possesses an ability to prioritize assignments and responsibilities and handle a wide range of duties
  • Adheres to and follows guideline’s surrounding athletic associations like NCAA and NAIA
  • Adheres to and follows (OSHA) standards for handling blood borne pathogens; maintaining medical records, including
  • Adheres to and follows (HIPAA) standards; and following insurance procedures.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: (Including Education, Certifications, Physical Capacities, Equipment Used, Specific Skills)

  • Must possess and maintain Board of Certification (BOC) certification for Athletic Trainer.
  • Current CPR/AED certification.
  • Must possess a valid California Driver’s License
  • Will work non-traditional hours as needed including weekends and evenings.
  • Will travel as needed with sports teams. • Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check, fingerprinting
  • 50% or more of the activities involve walking, standing, squatting, kneeling or climbing, involves lifting heavy weight objects which may exceed 50 pounds.
  • Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: The following education or combination of education and experience are required for the position:

  • Equivalent to bachelor’s degree in athletic training, physical education, kinesiology or related field of study or combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities.
  • Course work must include completion of the Board of Certification (BOC) curriculum requirements.

SKILLS:

Ability to effectively assess and evaluate injuries and their severity; develop conditioning and rehabilitation programs and manage and treat injuries; use the full range of appropriate therapeutic modalities and treatments and rehabilitation and exercise equipment to treat and prevent injuries; determine the appropriate referrals for athletes to other health care professionals; recognize life threatening situations and administer the appropriate emergency aid; use a computer to perform medical, insurance and other recordkeeping functions; and work in an environment with competing priorities. Incumbents must possess strong interpersonal and communications skills to develop effective working relationships with athletes and serve as a liaison among athletes, coaching staff, parents, physicians and other health professionals.

Personal Characteristics: The desired candidate should be proactive, patient, an active listener, have good verbal communication skills, is able to stay composed during high stress situations. Able to work alone or in a team.

PHYSICAL CAPACITIES/EQUIPMENT OPERATED: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those required for any employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Essential: standing, sitting, walking, stooping/bending, squatting, finger dexterity, seeing, hearing, speaking, lifting and pushing/pulling usual weight of 10 pounds, carrying usual weight of 5 pounds, reaching above, at and below shoulder level, repetitive arm/hand motions, frequent gripping of an object.
  • Frequent: lifting/carrying up to maximum of 50 pounds, pushing/pulling up to maximum 50 pounds of force, static gripping of an object for prolonged periods.
  • Occasional: kneeling, climbing stairs, walking on uneven ground, twisting body. Equipment operated and/or maintained:
  • Operates various orthopedic tools, traction supplies, therapeutic aids, exercise equipment, athletic tape, splints, trauma shears, etc.
  • Operates computer, telephone, copier.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Athletic trainer will work closely with clinic providers, physical therapists, coaches, athletes, and various member of the public.
  • Pursues opportunities to assist all co-workers in and outside of regularly assigned duties
  • Is team oriented and able to participate as a member of staff with a goal of providing primary health care to the residents of Plumas and Sierra Counties
  • Interacts professionally with personnel throughout all EPHC departments

FREEDOM TO ACT/ACCOUNTABILITY:

  • Actively contributes in staff meetings • Identifies problems, and recommends resources and methods for resolution using chain of command
  • Cooperates with coworkers and Clinic Front Office Supervisor to develop clinic schedule
  • Monitors own performance and reports on program/problem progress

PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY:

As set forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), this position must maintain patient confidentiality in accordance with State and Federal regulations. Protected Health Information is restricted to a need-to-know basis. Any intentional or unintentional breach of confidentiality will be reported to the HIPAA Privacy Officer and is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.