Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH) is actively recruiting a compassionate and skilled Child Life Specialist to join our dedicated team. KCH hosts the states only Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care and is home to a Pediatric Level I Trauma Center offering the excellent opportunity to deliver a wide range of interventions and services. In this pivotal role, you will be responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating psychosocial patient and family needs for children aged neonatal to 17 years.
As a Child Life Specialist, you will play a vital role in meeting the emotional, developmental, and psychosocial needs of our young patients and their families. With a special focus on helping children and adolescents navigate the challenges associated with illness, injury, and hospitalization, you will actively work to minimize stressors and alleviate anxiety. Your commitment to fostering a supportive and nurturing environment will contribute significantly to the overall well-being of our patients and their families.
This position requires the completion of a child life internship under the supervision of a certified Child Life Specialist as outlined by the ACLP (www.childlife.org/certification/becoming-certified). CCLS certification must be obtained within one year of hire. Beyond the requisite qualifications, we are seeking an individual who is eager to align themselves with opportunities that promote continuous professional development. By actively engaging in ongoing education and staying abreast of advancements in the field, you will not only enhance your own skills but contribute to the overall excellence of our Child Life Services program.
Join our dynamic team at Kentucky Children's Hospital and be a part of an organization that values your expertise in enhancing the lives of children and families during challenging times. Your dedication to promoting resilience and positive coping strategies will make a lasting impact on the psychosocial well-being of those we serve. Apply now to embark on a rewarding career where your skills as a Certified Child Life Specialist will be both valued and celebrated.
The ideal candidate will have experience working with children and families in stressful situations; good communication skills; and an understanding of child life assessment, child development theory, and child life practice.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
Required Related Experience:
No experience required.
Required License/Registration/Certification :
Child Life Certification from the Association of Child Life Professionals within one year of hire date
Bachelor's degree in child life, child development, or health-related field with child life emphasis preferred. Completion of a child life internship required by date of hire. Child Life Certification required within one year of hire.
University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
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