Works under the supervision of leadership to assist the child and/or family in their adjustment to hospital, diagnosis, and/or treatment plan by providing pre/post procedural/surgical teachings, emotional support, developmentally appropriate play activities, distraction and support during painful procedures, and medical play to enhance understanding. Collaborates as a member of the interdisciplinary team to develop and administer an individualized plan of care, adhering to the professional standards of practice of the Child Life Council. Supervising student programs, developing departmental programs, and creating educational opportunities for patients, families, and staff. Maintain involvement in organizational committees, leadership teams, and is recognized and sought out by peers for guidance.
Minimum Job Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in Child Life, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or related field.
5-8 years of Certified Child Life Specialist work experience.
Certified Child Life Specialist.
Complete at least 12 hours of professional development hours (PDU) per year required.
Participate in the MCHS Clinical Advancement program and expected to accrue a minimum of 7 points per year.
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Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Assists the patient/family in their adjustment to the hospital, diagnosis, and/or treatment plan.
Provides pre/post procedural and surgical teachings to patients and families.
Offers emotional support, developmentally appropriate play activities, distraction and support during painful procedures, and engages in medical play to enhance patient understanding.
Covers caseload thoroughly and prioritizes patients based on the Child Life Council’s guidelines for the standard of care; plans & organizes daily routine; meets deadlines for assigned projects.
Develops a productive work environment that incorporates volunteers into daily programming through delegating, valuing input, empowering, and providing feedback.
Establishes and maintains a healthy, balanced, and therapeutic relationship with the patient and family within the integrated healthcare system based on their needs.
Identifies & addresses the learning needs for patients/families; identifies inhibitors to learning process & readiness to learn; adjusts teaching strategies based on age, ethnic & gender issues.
Interacts in a cooperative manner within the healthcare team to support and contribute to the shared patient/family focused care goals through professional communications techniques.
Utilizes a clinical decision-making process and critical thinking to effectively deliver patient care with all healthcare providers across the continuum of care.
Balances the clinical responsibilities, professional growth, and development activities through active participation in MCHS Clinical Advancement.
Develops a productive environment for practicum/intern students.
Documents professional assessments, interventions provided, and children’s responses accurately & concisely; monitors organizational resources in addressing patient and family needs.
Able to demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to provide appropriate care to the age of the patients served on their assigned unit.
Master’s degree preferred.
Membership and active participation within the Child Life Council are recommended.
Knowledge of procedures, illnesses, injuries, and other related events on a nursing unit.
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About Nicklaus Children's Health System
At Nicklaus Children’s Health System, our goal is to champion the health of the children and families we are privileged to serve. If you are looking for a unique environment that rewards you for making a difference in the lives you encounter than this is your home.
Nicklaus Children’s Health System is the region’s only healthcare system exclusively for children. In addition to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and a growing number of outpatient centers are located throughout the tri-county area, the health system includes Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm; Pediatric Specialists of America Inc., a nonprofit physician practice subsidiary; a management services organization, an ambulatory surgery center and a line of children’s wellness products branded