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Child Life Specialist (PRN)
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Job Description


 Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Bachelor's in Child Development or related field.

Minimum Work Experience

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Child Life Internship (480 hours)

Required Skills/Knowledge

Knowledge of child and adolescent growth and development, advanced interpersonal skills, sensitivity to divergent cultures and child-rearing practices.

Required Licenses and Certifications

Candidate must be certified or eligible for child life certification.

Functional Accountabilities

Insures Effective Patient Care Plan is Developed, Implemented
  1. Make assessment of identified patients.
  2. Write patient care plans and developmental treatment plans, when appropriate.
  3. Provide range of therapeutic services, including orientation to hospital, medical play, and preparation for procedures, stress reduction techniques, behavioral interventions.
  4. Organize and monitor play activities for assigned patient care area(s).
  5. Provide supportive services to patients, parents, and siblings.
  6. Participate in patient/family education by providing age-appropriate materials and information.
  7. Provide information about educational services.
Effective Multidisciplinary Communication Established Regarding Patient & Family
  1. Communicate child life observations, assessments, and interventions to the health care team.
  2. Document significant interventions in the patient medical record.
  3. Participate in patient care conferences, treatment planning meetings, and team meetings.
Provides Education to staff and Patient/Family
  1. Provide educational sessions for staff and education/training for child life interns and practicum students.
  2. Provide education, training, and guidance to patient care volunteers.
  3. Participate in patient/family education by providing age-appropriate materials and information.
  1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)

Contributes to Furthering Professional Environment & Standards
  1. Meet with Child Life Supervisor for regular supervision, preparing agenda and discussing areas of concern.
  2. Respond to requests for service as stated in department standards.
  3. Participate in Child Life meetings and in departmental staff meetings.
  4. Meet all departmental requirements for chart recording, statistics, and other professional documentation and submit documents in a timely manner.
  5. Participate in departmental performance improvement activities.
  6. Plan absences in collaboration with Child Life staff.
  7. Participate in professional development activities.
Organizational Commitment/Identification
  1. Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization
  2. Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural ethnic differences
  3. Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
  4. Maintain confidentiality at all times
Customer Service
  1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
  1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
  2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
  3. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
  1. Contribute to a positive work environment
  2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
  3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
  4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
  1. Use resources efficiently
  2. Search for less costly ways of doing things

About Children's National Health System

Childrens National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding childrens hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nations children for more than 130 years, Childrens National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

Childrens National is proudly ranked consistently among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report.

Our Culture

Children's mission is to be preeminent in providing pediatric health care services that enhance the health and well-being of children regionally, nationally and internationally. Through leadership and innovation, Children's creates solutions to pediatric healthcare problems. Children's excels in Care, Advocacy, Research, and Education to meet the unique needs of children, adolescents and their families. Children's leadership realizes that our employees are the heart of our medical center and the soul of our mission. One of our greatest assets is the diversity of our workforce, which adds to the richness of our culture. Teamwork, dedication, and professionalism are essential values and characteristics that make our employees unique.

Childrens internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world. Our employees share a sense of pride and commitment to the patients and families we serve. We aspire to provide patients and their families with the highest quality of care and service in a family-centered environment. In essence, we are a team of "Great People Providing Great Care."

Nursing Students

As a nursing student, you might already be craving hands-on experience at a highly respected hospital. You may be thinking about where or with which population you want to work after graduation.

At Childrens, a world-class teaching hospital and internationally-recognized leader in pediatric health, we invite nursing students at all stages of learning to explore the real world of working in a hospital setting and experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of this career.

Internship Program

The internship program provides the novice nurse with the knowledge base and skill set needed to transition to competence in clinical nursing practice. While providing the needed skills to meet the organization goals and mission, the program provides nurses with the leadership skills to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. The program bridges the gap between undergraduate education and real-life professional nursing practice, delivering state-of-the art pediatric care.

The program is offered to new graduate nurses from an accredited nursing program with a passion for children. All new graduates, with less than one-year acute care experience, are eligible to participate in the program after obtaining licensure.