LOCATION: Danville - Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, located on the campus of Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville, Pennsylvania.
WORK SCHEDULE: Days
WORK TYPE: Full Time - 8am-4:30 pm
FULL TIME CHILD LIFE POSITION AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY
Become an active member of our progressive Child Life Team!
We are currently looking for an outgoing and initiative taking Child Life Specialist to join our motivated and enthusiastic team of 10 CCLS and 1 Playroom Coordinator. The ideal candidate is someone who is motivated to work independently on an assigned unit while demonstrating a strong aptitude for teamwork.
We are currently seeking a full time Child Life Specialist to work from 8am-4:30 pm, weekdays in a 14 bed, family & team centered Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
The position allows for daily collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team and associated services. Our department is well funded, allowing for creative and innovative programming. In addition to clinical work, there are many opportunities for developing your skills and talents. There are multiple summer camp programs for children with special & medical needs within a few miles of the hospital, in which Child Life staff are involved. We are actively involved in and directly benefit from both the Children’s Miracle Network and Spirit of Children campaigns raising over one million dollars annually.
As a member of the Child Life Team, plans, develops, and provides Child Life programming for a given clinical area to best meet the psychosocial, emotional, and developmental needs of pediatric patients and their families. Using age-appropriate play, CCLS considers the issues children face in health care settings and assesses patient needs for: normal growth and development, education, preparation, medical play, coping strategies or other issues to help them in their mastery of the environment.
CCLS is responsible for providing child life interventions to a specific patient population within the policies and procedures of the Geisinger Health System. All meet the required qualifications, as outlined by the nationally known Association of Child Life Professionals to provide care for patients in the assigned pediatric clinical areas or other patient care areas, as needed. Required to maintain professional certification through continuing education opportunities. Directly accountable to Child Life Supervisor. Performs duties to provide the highest level of patient care and maximize patient and family centered care.
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:
Demonstrates good organizational skills and effective communication skills, flexibility, and a proven understanding of child development.
Demonstrates ability to work well with children of all ages.
Demonstrates ability to be a team member across multiple professional disciplines.
Demonstrates ability to work independently and a willingness to learn hospital routines, policies and procedures.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Must have a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development / Human Growth and Development, Education or Psychology.
Must have fulfilled a minimum of one Child Life internship (at least 480 hours) under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist.
Must be Child Life certified or certification eligible according to the standards set forth by the Association of Child Life Professionals. Certification required within the first year of employment.
At least one year experience working as a Child Life Specialist with children in a health care setting preferred.
Active membership in the Association of Child Life Professionals required within the first year of employment.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Work is typically performed in a clinical environment.
The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.
Danville is a small rural community located in the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. It is regarded as a family friendly, with a well-respected school system. Nearby are several universities (including Bucknell, Bloomsburg and Susquehanna), professional theatres, art festivals and opportunities for outdoor adventure. Major cities like New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. are all within a four-hour drive of Danville.
OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.
ABOUT GEISINGER: Geisinger is a physician-led health system comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan Geisinger is nationally recognized for innovative practices and quality care. Geisinger serves more than 3 million people in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient AtlantiCare, A member of Geisinger. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine became the newest member of the Geisinger Family. We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners.* Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.
*Domestic partner benefits not applicable at Geisinger Holy Spirit.
At Geisinger, our innovative ideas are inspired by the communities we serve – like our Fresh Food
Farmacy, a program that delivers life-saving healthy alternatives to patients with diabetes. With additional tools like our MyCode Community Health Initiative, one of the first health system genome sequencing
programs, and our new asthma app suite that we developed in partnership with AstraZeneca, it’s no wonder we’re ranked one of the Top 5 Most Innovative Healthcare Systems by Becker's Hospital Review. We continually work towards continuous improvement in a culture where everyone has a voice and firmly believe that better begins with all of us.
Founded more than 100 years ago, Geisinger serves more than three million residents throughout central, south-central and northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Our physician-led system is comprised of 30,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, and consists of 13 hospital campuses, the Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and two research centers.
What you do at Geisinger shapes the future of health and improves lives – for our patients, communities, and you.
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