Position Purpose: Under the general direction of department leadership, this position provides Child Life services to pediatric patients, adolescent and young adult patients on other units, and children of patients at Renown Regional Medical Center, and participates in events that promote education for children and families in the community.
Nature and Scope: Child Life programming is based on an understanding of normal human development and the impact that illness, injury, disability, and hospitalization have on this process. Program elements are designed to reduce distress, increase adaptive coping and protect and enhance developmental integrity, by offering opportunities to play, learn and interact with others in an emotionally and physically safe environment.
In collaboration with other health providers and in the context of a supportive and trusting relationship with children and families, child life services shall include the following:
Provide opportunities for and assists in facilitating a variety of play and activity forms that promote self-healing, self-expression, understanding and mastery.
Utilize therapeutic play techniques as a diagnostic and treatment tools.
Support family bonds and utilize family strengths in the care of the child.
Provide orientation to health care experiences and personnel.
Use developmentally appropriate methods in preparing children and families for diagnostic and treatment procedures.
Provide emotional support during identified stress points.
Utilize stress reduction techniques to facilitate effective coping.
Interpret the child’s perception of his diagnosis and treatment, as revealed through play and other means of verbal and non-verbal communication.
Offer counsel specific to the impact of the health care experience.
Extend support and offer counsel to family members with respect to their own stress and needs.
Coordinate with programs to facilitate continuity of care after the child’s hospitalization, (i.e., the school system, daycare, or special children’s clinics).
Provide or cooperate with programs which assure continuity in the child’s normal life experience, (i.e., school and holiday celebrations).
Provide interdisciplinary in-services for hospital staff, students, and members of the community on child development; the emotional impact of illness, injury and hospitalization on children and families; safety; and behavioral management.
Provide consultation to the health care team regarding the developmental status, emotional status, and individual needs of children, to promote adaptation to treatment.
Provide consultation on impact of environmental and social factors on the child’s adaptation to hospitalization and treatment.
Facilitate planning, rehearsing and implementing of coping strategies, with children and families.
Participate in continuing educational opportunities, both as a presenter and as a participant, and report information back to the department and healthcare team.
Provide child health care education.
Maintain good inter-departmental communication and work, with related programs in the health care setting and other associated organizations.
Provide counsel and support to children/adolescents throughout the hospital, for help with bereavement or coping issues.
The intensity and frequency of patient intervention will depend on the daily census.
This position has the responsibility to organize and prioritize the daily activities of the Child Life Program. The incumbent can make decisions regarding the needs of the child, based upon his/her level of education and training.
Decisions referred to the unit manager or child life specialist include patient and/or peer conflict, unit management protocol, and unusual circumstances that do not follow established guidelines.
This position provides child life services to a varied population due to age, illness, and ethnic background. It is the expectation to involve the family unit in its entirety through the entire illness process.
Incumbent must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care based on physical, motor/sensory, psychosocial, and safety appropriate to neonate, infant, child, and adolescent patients and must meet standards of quality, as measured by the unit/department age specific competency standards.
This position provides patient care. The foregoing description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.
Education: Must have working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing and speaking English. Bachelor’s level education in child/human development, education, or psychology.
Experience: At least one year experience or related experience with children in a health care setting or related setting (daycare, pre-school etc.)
Certification(s): Child Life certificate is required within two years of hire. Current BLS certification by The American Heart Association standards is required.
Computer / Typing: Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and Word and have the ability to use the computer to complete online learning requirements for job-specific competencies, access online forms and policies, complete online benefits enrollment, etc.
Additional Salary Information: Renown Health offers employer subsidized medical benefits, 401(k) match, tuition reimbursement, student loan repayment, paid sick and leave time, and competitive pay rates.
About Renown Health
Renown Health is northern Nevada's largest not-for-profit health network and a nationally recognized healthcare leader. With our dedicated staff, modern facilities, state-of-the-art technology, commitment to quality care, and role in educating future physicians and nurses, Renown Health delivers excellence in healthcare.