Child Life Specialist-Pediatric ED
Provides therapeutic play, recreation and stimulation activities to hospitalized infants, children and adolescents to minimize the negative impact of illness and hospitalization to children and their families.
Under general direction and with latitude for the exercise of independent judgment within established policies and guidelines:
Receives referrals on all newly admitted pediatric patients. Evaluates patient needs in consultation with other members of the health care team (i.e., Pediatric Nursing staff and Clinicians, Child Life personnel, Pediatric Medical house staff). Prepares individual child life care plans for all inpatients. Provides daily program of therapeutic play, recreation, stimulation, emotional support to groups of patients and/or individuals according to their needs, capabilities and interests.
Implements therapeutic programs designed to meet the physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs of pediatric patients.
Observes and records the behavior of patients. Interprets and reports assessments to members of the health team through verbal or written reports. Makes recommendations for patient care based on observations and knowledge of child growth and development. Participates in re-evaluation and planning for care of long term and/or complex patients, as a member of the pediatric unit based health care team. Serves as a patient advocate.
Provides support and education to families of hospitalized patients, within family centered philosophy of Pediatric care.
Participates in pediatric inpatient student education; (i.e., presentations to house staff and medical students, discussion with Nursing students related to patient care observations and experiences, orientation classes and in-service education programs for Nursing staff, supervision of interns).
Supervises Child Life student interns. Interviews, orients to duties, directs daily activities, supervises project work, conducts weekly conferences, evaluates and initiates contact with course coordinators at home institution.
Supervises volunteers, including selection, training and placement. Coordinates the activities of guests of community groups involved with special programs or entertainment in the Pediatric Division. Participates in the Public Relations program of SMH and the Strong Children's Fund through presentations to the press, radio and television.
Oversees the collection, selection and distribution of toys and equipment used in the Child Life Program and ensures their use in a safe and effective manner. Assists in the maintenance of toys, equipment and storage facilities and evaluations and purchase of supplies and equipment.
Receives, acknowledges and distributes monetary and supplies donations. Oversees the collection, selection and distribution of toys and equipment used in the Child Life Program and ensures their use in a safe and effective manner. Assists in the maintenance of toys, equipment and storage facilities and evaluation, and purchase of supplies and equipment.
Coordinates the expenditure of the Child Life Program, supply and equipment budget. Monitors budget.
Participates in selection of new Child Life Program staff. Coordinates Child Life activities (i.e., holiday parties, patient birthdays, discharge of long term patients) and coordinates activities in conjunction with other departmental special programs (i.e., Strong Children's Fund, Sandy Strong Shows, Miracle Moments, Camp BEST).
Keeps abreast of current trends within the profession through readings and participation in in-service education and continuing educational opportunities and professional organizations.
Bachelor's degree in an area related to Child Growth and Development, and 2 years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Child Life Professional Certification must be earned within 1 year of hire. CPR Certification must be earned within 90 days of hire.
All applicants must apply online.
EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled
Child Life Specialist-Pediatric ED