Exercise Physiologist - Days (Part time)

  • HCA
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Feb 11, 2018

Job Description

Job Code: 08224-57894


Days (rotating weekends)

St. David's North Austin Medical Center is part of St. David's HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. The 378-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of women's health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David's Women's Center of Texas. The facility also features a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, the Bariatric Center, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. St. David's North Austin Medical Center is also home to St. David's Children's Hospital. In 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group.


The clinical Exercise Physiologist is responsible for professional care and related assistance to patients in all phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation. The Exercise Physiologist will provide direct and indirect patient care in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. The Exercise Physiologist will assess, evaluate and prescribe safe and effective exercise for patients recovering from a heart attack, heart surgery or who have been diagnosed with cardiac disease. Exercise Physiologists (1) monitor hemodynamic responses during exercise (2) develop suitable exercises at an appropriate heart rate range (3) teach patient independent exercise habits (4) provide information on cardiac risk factor modification and positive lifestyle changes. Exercise physiologists will interact with members of the rehabilitation department as well as other hospital departments to provide essential department operational tasks, including patient treatment, patient education, infection control, and performance improvement. Other departmental duties as assigned, such as: ordering supplies/maintaining inventory, providing appropriate information towards future needs and actively supports process improvement within the rehabilitation services department.


• Plans and coordinates treatment program

• Takes initiative to participate in volunteer program, student program.

• Demonstrates ability to obtain and interpret information from appropriate methods of monitoring (HR, BP, SaO2, EKG, and RPE) to ensure patient safety

• Demonstrates the skills necessary to assess a patient's physical, cognitive, behavioral and communication abilities and limitations, as it relates to discipline and program policies and procedures.

• Demonstrates the use of interpersonal skills/interview techniques appropriate for the patient's age, education, beliefs, customs and diagnosis.

• Demonstrates ability to include the patient and/or caregiver in the development of treatment goals

• Demonstrates the ability to assess a situation, consider alternatives and choose the appropriate course of action within the scope of the position.

• Documents services provided.

• Follows departmental policies and procedures for documenting patient progress.

• Completes treatment records according to departmental policies/procedures.

• Initiates incident reports and reviews with supervisor according to policies/procedures.

• Demonstrates commitment to professional and departmental/program growth.

• Actively seeks out opportunities for continuing education with departmental/programmatic procedures.

• Compliance with all mandatory inservices and certifications

• Actively seeks professional growth through the use of hospital resources.

• Contributes to the improvement/expansion of at least one program per year.

• Employee's conduct must reflect the Company's values and a commitment to the Code of Conduct ethics and compliance program.

• Employee reflects SDH Service Excellence standards in every interaction.

• Other duties as assigned.


Must be able to work independently, complete tasks without supervision and demonstrate independence with decision-making and problem solving in job related activities. Exhibits basic knowledge of cardiac arrhythmias, excellent communication skills, regular predictable attendance in accordance with departmental policies and be able to manage time demands effectively. Demonstrates flexibility to changing work environment or responsibilities and must be able to function in emergency situations. Exhibits professional and ethical conduct at all times and is courteous with patients, co-workers, family members, physicians and the general public. Appropriately handles confidential information regarding patient records. Must take initiative to set own schedule and patient related goals. Maintains a safe working environment. Communicates effectively using written verbal, computer, and telephone communication. Uses a broad variety of equipment and patient care appliances routinely to provide patient care. Must pass competency checklists for all responsibilities outlined by the departmental/program policy. Will participate and promote positive team interactions to ensure quality patient care and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Must be able to demonstrate understanding of national patient safety initiatives by strict compliance to all safety protocols and procedures as required by both HCA and St. David's North Austin Medical Center.


Required: Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science or related field.

Preferred: Exercise Specialist Certification or Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist. Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology. Exercise Science or related field; Previous experience in cardiac rehab setting


Required: BCLS Certification

Preferred: ACLS Certification

Bachelor's Degree

Last Edited: 02/09/2018