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Peninsula Regional Medical Center Exercise Physiologist in Salisbury, Maryland

Position Summary

The Registered Nurse is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating a plan of patient care utilizing ANA Standards and the Nursing Process. Acts as a patient advocate. Provides support, information and direct care. Utilizes equipment and technology skillfully and is technically competent in nursing procedures. Educates patients and families on significant self care issues. The Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Rehabilitation (C/PR) Clinical Exercise Physiologist is responsible for the exercise, education and lifestyle modifications of patients recovering from myocardial infarction, open heart surgery, PTCI, stent, other interventional strategies for CAD, and those having been diagnosed with coronary artery disease. These applications will be extended to other patient populations (i.e., COPD, CHF, diabetes) as well as asymptomatic adults. Other responsibilities include involvement in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, administering patient education and exercise therapy for the outpatient service. The inventory, distribution/delivery of medications may be required.

Position Requirements

  • MS - Cardiac Rehabilitation/Adult Fitness/Exercise Physiology - Exercise Science

  • AHA, BLS certification required

  • American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Specialist certification required or willing to complete within two year of employment

  • ACLS certification required or willing to complete within one year of employment

Experience

  • Minimum two to five years experience in Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation-inpatient and outpatient settings.

  • Three to six years graduate experience required in a Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Adult Fitness setting.

  • Experience in formulating exercise prescriptions from exercise tolerance tests. Knowledge of cardiac medications and effects on exercise performance.

  • Knowledge of Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Familiarity of assessment of Phase I patients. Appropriateness for exercise. Confidence in EKG interpretation.

  • Practical skills in modifying an exercise program to individual needs (i.e., diabetic, obesity, arthritis, pulmonary, CHF, PTCA/stent) and presenting this information to patients and family members.

  • Knowledgeable in conducting submax and maximal exercise tolerance testing.

  • Experience in leading group warm up sessions.

  • Strong knowledge base in cardiovascular physiology, exercise physiology, ACSM guidelines and EKG interpretation required.

  • Metabolic testing experience is a plus.

  • Confidence in working with adults and good personnel interaction required.

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