Athletic Trainer - Athletics

  • 1704 Maple Avenue, Evanston, IL
  • Full-time
  • Job Shift: Day Job (1st)

Company Description

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?

Job Description

The Athletic Trainer - Athletics reflects the mission, vision, and values of Northwestern Medicine, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The Athletic Trainer - Athletics provides athletic training services to patients under the direction of a physician and reports directly through the Athletic Training Services Supervisor to the Director of Athletic Training Services. This position coordinates the care for patients within the sports medicine department, including but not limited to performing evaluations, administering treatment and rehabilitation, making referrals to external clinicians, and making athletic participation and return to play decisions as appropriate and in accordance with established departmental protocol. 

Responsibilities:

  • Patient Care:
    • Provides athletic training services to patients under the direction of a physician
    • Creates and maintains a complete medical record
    • Evaluates, manages, and rehabilitates acute injuries and medical conditions
    • Provides ongoing care, maintenance, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions as indicated
    • Provides emergency management, communication, and medical care through the creation and execution of emergency action plans
    • Determines participation status and executes with the unchallengeable authority to return and/or remove a patient to/from participation
    • Refers to internal and external specialists and sub-specialists as indicated
    • Provides coverage of athletic practices and competitions, which may include travel and non-traditional hours during mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays
    • Coordinates and/or completes components of pre-participation screening and physical examinations
    • Creates and executes an annual continuing education plan consistent with established guidelines to maintain professional licensure and certification
    • Communicates appropriate information regarding patient health and participation status across multidisciplinary and high-performance team members, including but not limited to, team physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, athletics administration, coaches, academic support services, performance nutrition, sports performance, sports psychology and equipment staffs
    • Precepts professional and post-professional education of learners in programs including, but not limited to, athletic training, physical therapy, and medical education
    • Coordinates physician clinical visits, medical testing, and follow up care, including but not limited to, obtaining relevant patient history, obtaining vital signs and ECG, performing point of care testing, coordinating diagnostic imaging, and fitting durable medical equipment
    • Measures, evaluates, and interprets metrics of sports performance and sports science
    • Delivers educational materials to various stakeholders, including but not limited to, patients, coaches, parents, and administrators
    • Ensures patient’s rights by maintaining confidentiality and privacy during care.
    • Demonstrates patient centered care and excellent customer service in accordance with NM’s Patients First values.
  • Administrative
    • Develops and executes administrative duties as assigned and in compliance with departmental, university, athletic conference, and NCAA policy
    • Participates in program and departmental strategic planning
    • Develops and completes annual departmental and personal goals
    • Maintains, orders, and appropriately dispenses or administers medical supplies inventory, including but not limited to, durable medical equipment, therapeutic agents, and over the counter and prescription medication
    • Measures the effectiveness of clinical practice through various metrics, including but not limited to, patient rated outcome measures, patient satisfaction questionnaires, and functional assessments
    • Analyzes performance metrics and injury risk/rate trends to develop and execute programming adjustments as indicated
    • Participates in scholarly activities including, but not limited to, professional presentations, research, and professional service opportunities
    • Possess knowledge of and ensures compliance with rules and regulations governing or directing patient care and administrative tasks related to assigned duties and/or patient panel
  • Performs other clinical and administrative duties as assigned

Qualifications

Required:

  • Current BOC Inc. certification as an Athletic Trainer
  • Licensed Athletic Trainer through IDFPR
  • Master’s degree
  • 1-2 years of previous job-related experience

Preferred:

  • 3-5 years of previous job-related experience

Additional Information

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.