Under the general supervision of the Manager of Child Life/Child Development, interacts with patients and families, evaluates their development skills and psychosocial needs and provides them with a variety of appropriate and purposeful medical play and developmental experiences that will elevate their quality of life during health care visit and enhance their personal development. Facilitates Child Life advocacy through collaboration with other health care providers.
The CHRISTUS Children's Hospital, established in 1959, was the first children's hospital in South-Central Texas. Located downtown, this 190-plus-bed hospital serves more than 70,000 children annually from San Antonio, South Texas and around the world. The hospital (in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine) is the only academic children's hospital in San Antonio. Our highly specialized services meet the unique medical needs of children, from Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care to Children's Emergency Services, the latest treatments for deformities of the spine including titanium rib implants and halo traction, a Heart Center, a specialized asthma program, a highly regarded Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, and growing maternal services to include consultation, delivery, and maternal fetal medicine.
Bachelor's degree in Child Life or related field is required.
Master's degree in related field is preferred.
Must have completed a Child Life internship from an accredited Child Life Teaching Program.
Must have knowledge of growth and development and patient/family reactions to hospitalization and coping strategies.
Must have an understanding of communication and interpersonal skills.
Must have a working knowledge of educational development.
Must have an understanding of hospital policies and a system's knowledge of medical terminology and medical procedures.
Must also be able to problem solve, be creative, take initiative, and work independently.
Bilingual- English / Spanish preferred.
Previous experience working with children required.
Previous experience with therapeutic use of play materials/activities is required.
Must obtain and maintain Child Life Certification within one (1) year of hire.
CPR certification is preferred. CPR certification required within 90 days of hire.
CHRISTUS HEALTH is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost more than 600 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 350 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS operates in 6 U.S. states, Colombia, Chile and 6 states in Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.