JOB SUMMARY: The exercise specialist is responsible for conducting a variety of exercise tests on both our apparently healthy and clinical populations and establishing exercise interventions and programs resulting from these data. They are also involved in the delivery of movement and educational programs for our clientele, counseling for lifestyle changes and assisting members and patients as they attempt to adopt and maintain their exercise programs.
Interacts effectively with clients/members/patients in the appropriate area of operation:
Greets each individual client/member/patient promptly and by name whenever possible.
Answers question related to exercise/clinical programming and prescription as needed.
Monitors client/member/patient progression through their exercise program or intervention.
Complete a minimum of one year of experience interacting with clients/members/patients
Demonstrates the ability to select, administer, and interpret the result of standard fitness/clinical related testing/evaluation procedures:
Selects and conducts appropriate fitness/clinical tests according to industry guidelines and department quality assurance standards.
Records results of fitness/clinical testing according to professional and department standards.
Appropriately interprets fitness/clinical test results, and utilizes data in formulating an exercise prescription.
Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to test high-risk/special population (i.e. cancer, geriatric, cardiac, pulmonary), according the professional and department standards
Complete a minimum of one year of experience in selecting, administering, and interpreting data.
Conducts exercise prescriptions and consultations competently and according to industry guidelines and department standards:
Demonstrates the ability to facilitate appropriate goal setting for the client/member/patient.
Prescribes exercises specific to the individual needs of the client/member/patient taking into account the individuals specific goals and any physical/physiological limitation that could impact their ability to exercise.
Records and enters data in the appropriate data management system to formulate the exercise prescription as appropriate.
Gives client/member/patient adequate feedback related to the exercise test according to department standards.
Monitors client/member/patient participation and adherence to their exercise prescription and program and modifies the exercise program appropriately according to industry and department standards.
Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to prescribe exercise to high-risk/special population (i.e. cancer, geriatric, cardiac, pulmonary), according the professional and department standards.
Complete a minimum of one year of experience formulating exercise prescriptions.
Provides education/consultation to patient, family and community:
Communicates functional impact of assessment findings, treatment, interventions, diagnosis and disease process.
Adapts communication to need/level of understanding of the audience and share appropriate information/literature.
Participates in providing community education as appropriate.
Complete a minimum of one year of experience providing appropriate education.
Completes timely and accurate documentation:
Meets department/VUMC standards.
Conveys pertinent medical information concisely using professional terminology and format.
Provides pertinent documentation as required by department.
Consistently maintains and monitors exercise equipment, floor, lab and related areas:
Completes documentation of exercise floor and/or equipment maintenance according to department standards.
Reports and documents health and environmental conditions which might compromise client/member/patient safety according to department policy.
Is proactive in facility maintenance, and helping to maintain equipment safety and integrity.
Conducts group exercise classes according to facility standards and guidelines:
Instructs group exercise classes and follows general framework and focus for each specific class.
Displays ability to modify activities/exercises as needed based on individual needs/limitation of class participants.
Provides input regarding new classes and/or opportunities to improve current classes.
Ensures appropriate safety precautions are in place, according to the needs of the participants
Demonstrates the skills to design, market and lead small group exercise programs for high-risk/special populations including those with health conditions or specific training needs (i.e. athletes, children)
Functions as an integral member of the Health Care Team:
Respects roles and professional boundaries of others.
Understands and complies with VUMC policies and procedures.
Continues to progress the skills of self and team by attending continuing education programs.
Provides timely, effective communication with all relevant members of the healthcare team according to HIPAA and VUMC policy.
Actively participates in quality assurance/improvement practices for the department and medical center:
Communicates and follows-up on opportunities to improve quality of the client/member/patient experience and outcomes, facility safety, and efficiency (including financial) of the department as observed.
Actively participates in specialty programming
Initiates or assists in design or revision of specialty program to better serve as a specific segment of customers
Coordinates specialty program or assist in delivery of program
Track and report program specific outcomes
Complete billing and documentation related to specialty program following department standards
Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 1 year experience
Preferred certifications must obtain within first 12months of employment:
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) or
Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) or
American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab (AACVPR) Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional (CCRP)
certification requirement specific to department/role
Overview of VUMC PM&R
The department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is becoming a world-renowned program by empowering faculty to deliver innovative patient care at a quaternary academic medical center, conduct groundbreaking and collaborative research with substantial federal grant funding, and train the next generation of health care providers and leaders. Our energetic team is rapidly growing.
Our Rehabilitation programs are actively involved in continuous quality improvement through Focus Teams charged with the improvement of a service area through ensuring evidenced based practice, continued competencies for staff, and consistency of practice and documentation.
The Vanderbilt Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Outpatient Physiatry Practice is located in the outpatient wing of Stallworth Rehab Hospital, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. We provide care management for a variety of muskulosketal and neurological conditions ranging from spasticity and chronic low back pain to prosthetic assessment for amputees. Our clinic consists of a four exam rooms and two procedure rooms. The patient volume for the overall practice is, approximately, 3,000 visits annually.
Our excellent, service-oriented patient care is directed and/or delivered by the collaborative, team-focused efforts of an interdisciplinary healthcare team including Attending Physicians, Intern and Resident Physicians and Fellows. The Leadership Team is comprised of a Medical Director, Clinic Manager, Administrative Director, a Nurse Administrator and an Administrative Assistant. Clinic staff members include Registered Nurses, a Medical Assistant and a Patient Services Specialist.
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center ), 9 adult and 9 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
Truven Health Analytics: among the top 100 hospitals in the US
Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
American Association for the Advancement of Science: 12 faculty members elected fellows in 2014
Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Middle Tennessee
Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As th...e largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.