Child Life Specialist - PRN- St Vincent
This position will work as needed
Job Description and Essential Functions
Job Title/Position: Certified Child Life Specialist
Job Classification: Direct Patient Care / Hands-On Care
Date of Analysis: Date of Revision/Review: 11/2019
Brief Description of Job Responsibilities:
The Certified Child Life Specialist at HSHS St. Vincent Children`s Hospital, employed by Prevea Health, is responsible for providing a program that provides developmentally appropriate preparation, distractions, assessments, activities, and support designed to help patients and their families cope with the stress of the hospital setting. With a background in Child Development and medical experience, the CCLS is a resource for families and other professionals. As an integral part of the health care team, the CCLS is an advocate for the needs of children and families.
The Child Life Program provides services to patients and their families within HSHS St. Vincent Children`s Hospital and St. Mary`s Hospital with varied diagnoses. These include, but are not limited to: hematology, oncology, surgical, orthopedic, gastrointestinal, renal, respiratory, hepatic, neurology, abuse/neglect, psychosocial/emotional complaints including overdose, failure to thrive, traumas, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, neonatal conditions, and other various infectious diseases of children. Patients may have additional needs relating to developmental delays, learning disabilities, and emotional or physical handicaps. Child Life also provides services by consult to various departments on an as needed basis and children of adult patients that are receiving treatment for a traumatic or life threatening illness. Additionally, Child Life will be involved in community outreach including interactive presentations about Child Life in the hospital at colleges, schools, and other community avenues, as well as, school re-entry for children with chronic illnesses.
The Certified Child Life Specialist designs, implements, and evaluates interventions adhering to the competencies of the Certified Child Life Specialist as specified by the Child Life Council (CLC) utilizing principles of Child Development, Psychology, and related disciplines in order to promote optimum development of children, adolescents, and their families. This helps to maintain normal living patterns and to minimize psychological trauma. The CCLS provides opportunities for gaining a sense of mastery, play, learning, self-esteem, self-expression, family involvement, and peer interaction.
(This list may not include all of the duties assigned)
- Understand, utilize, and maintain competence in regards to research and evidence based practice concepts, including play, preparation and assessment
- Observe and assess the needs and concerns of children and families
- Provide activities and interventions to help children and families cope with medical situations and meet their developmental, emotional, and educational needs
- Facilitate group and individual interactions and interventions with children and families
- Organize and manage special events, special guests, support groups and other regularly scheduled events, as well as participate in community talks
- Prepare children and families for medical procedures performed in specific units
- Participate in psychosocial, interdisciplinary and/or departmental team meetings and communicate developmental and psychosocial needs of children
- Seek out, schedule, and facilitate community talks and presentations.
- Properly and accurately document and chart on child and family interventions
- Advocate for patients and families within the medical setting
- Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with children, families and staff
- Attend CLC Conference and other child life or age/diagnosis specific conference and events throughout the year
- Provide in-services for department/unit staff and child life staff
- Supervise interns and students involvement with the learning about the multifaceted role of Child Life.
- Provide students with opportunities and feedback to help them develop skill sets in assessment, interdisciplinary care, clinical interventions, family-centered care, documentation, and professional development.
- Manage supply budget; maintain toys and equipment; solicit donations
- Understand, assess, and interact with patients and families using theories of human growth and development, family systems, and cultural background
- Provide a therapeutic and safe environment for individuals and groups
- Assist patients in coping with the stress of hospitalization, illness, death, and/or loss
- Evaluate child life services
- Implement child life program within the constraints/expectations of the organization
- Child Life Professional Certification (or eligible within one year of hire) and maintenance every 5 years
- Completion of minimum of 600 hour Child Life Internship supervised by a CCLS
- Minimum of Bachelor`s degree in child life or child development related field
- CPR Certification (or within 90 days of hire)
- Organizational and Departmental specific competencies as determined by the hospital and department
Non-Essential Duties: Other duties as assigned within scope of practice
Typical Working Conditions:
Work is performed in a clinical setting along with an office / playroom setting. They are frequently dealing with patients and are susceptible to outside disease. Work in a slower paced environment needing to take time to help children and their families deal with illness.
Typical Physical Demands:
A CLS is required to be able to carry a heavy baby to a toddler weighing up to about 40 pounds and also carry a toy bag many times a day that weighs about 25 pounds. They also need to be able to push a game cart around that takes 20 pounds of force and wheelchair patients around when needed with up to 70 pounds of push force. This job involves frequent bending, kneeling, and twisting. Requires corrected vision to 20/30 and hearing to normal range.
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