Reports to the Director, Patient Care Services/Pediatric Services. Is responsible for providing Child Life services of psychosocial support to children and families during hospitalization, surgeries, and or outpatient visits. Maintains the physical, therapeutic, developmental and educational environment of Child Life Services in a manner that promotes a child/family friendly atmosphere. Provides expertise and knowledge of child growth and development to the healthcare team. Adjusts patient interaction and/or treatment to match each patient's age-specific developmental, educational and other related needs.
MISSION & VISION
Mission: To enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of the communities we serve as the community's provider of outstanding quality, superior value and comprehensive health care services.
Vision: Our vision is to achieve:
Innovative health care and well-being services of the highest quality at the greatest value
Easy access and convenience
Outstanding patient experiences
Ongoing education involving physicians, patients and the community
Education and Experience
The knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated below are normally acquired through successful completion of a Bachelors or Masters degree in child development, health education, early childhood education or related field. Completion of at least 500 hours of Child Life internship and certification as a Child Life Specialist is required or must be obtained within six months of hire date.
Knowledge & Skills
Demonstrates a thorough and in depth knowledge of child development, family systems, and age-appropriate education.
Demonstrates the ability to create innovative and effective resources.
Demonstrates the ability to work independently, plan and evaluate services, set priorities, organize information, analyze problems, and make appropriate judgments to complete the essential functions of the position.
Demonstrates well developed interpersonal skills necessary to promote and maintain cooperative, courteous, sincere or therapeutic relationships with patients, family members, staff and volunteers.
Demonstrates clear, effective communication skills, including verbal, written and listening skills.
Demonstrates computer literacy and the ability to learn and use computer programs specific to the department needs.
Works in office and patient care environments.
Routine use of automated and mechanical equipment.
Requires flexibility and adaptability in work hours, including evenings and weekends.
Requires the physical ability and stamina (i.e., lifting, bending, crouching, kneeling, and the ability to transport patients safely) to perform the essential functions of the position.