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PeaceHealth | Springfield, Oregon
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Job Description

Req ID: 150610

PeaceHealth is seeking candidates for a Child Life Specialist role for our women's and children’s services at Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield, Oregon.  This is a .9 FTE exempt position, working 36 hours per week, variable shifts/hours as needed.   In this role, you will work with a multi-disciplinary team providing psychosocial and developmental based assessments and support to both patients and their families.  

We offer an excellent benefits and compensation package.

Situated in the heart of Lane County, Springfield and its sister city Eugene are adventure-driven destinations. Find yourself hiking to spectacular waterfalls or along the nearby ocean beaches, rafting and kayaking in white water, cycling through wine country or along the many miles of bicycle paths.   We have one of the most desirable locations in the Pacific Northwest to live, work, and play.   We offer something for everyone, with year around outdoor activities, sporting events, and a wide array of educational and cultural activities at the Museums of Art and Natural History, the University of Oregon, and the Hult Center for Performing Arts.


The Child Life Specialists empower children for life’s challenges while providing high quality family-centered care as a part of a strong multidisciplinary team. The Child Life Specialist provides psychosocial and developmental based assessment and support to both patients and their families. Responsibilities include:  planning and providing emotionally and developmentally appropriate care that promotes effective coping with health care and continued cognitive and emotional growth; enhancing the quality of patient care through participation, documentation and communication with other members of the health care team; and serving as a resource and advocate on child development issues. Performs all duties in a manner that promotes team concept and reflects the PeaceHealth mission and philosophy.


  1. Assess the psychosocial and emotional status of patients and their family’s consequent to illness and/or hospitalization through direct contact, interaction and observation, consultation with other healthcare professionals, and medical records.
  2. Initiates therapeutic interventions consequent to assessment of individual patients and families.
  3. Reports and/or documents observations, assessments, and interventions, to other healthcare professionals via rounds, reports, conferences, and meetings as appropriate.
  4. Establishes and maintains a supportive, helpful and trusting relationship with patients and families by participating in preparation for medical and surgical procedures, home care, discharge planning. Facilitates coping from the time of admission through to discharge and follow-up.
  5. Plans, evaluates, and implements an overall program of therapeutic interventions designed to address the psychosocial and emotional needs of hospitalized children and families, to include: pre-procedural preparation, patient/family education, therapeutic play and recreation, group interaction, and activities that facilitate patient’s/families sense of well-being, mastery and competence.
  6. Advocate for individual patient’s/families concerns, special needs and rights, and makes appropriate referrals to individuals, groups or agencies within the hospital or community.
  7. Assist in the design, implementation, evaluation and maintenance of therapeutic activity areas as needed.
  8. Manages the utilization of materials and equipment within the program, and ensures they are used in an appropriate, safe, secure and cost-efficient manner.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS (required unless otherwise noted)


  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Life or a closely related field.


  • Minimum of five years of work experience as a certified Child Life Specialist preferred.
  • Training and experience commensurate with certification requirement.


  • Child Life Specialist certification required within 6 months of hire.
  • Current BLS (Basic Life Support) certification required at date of hire. 
  • Valid driver’s license if position requires.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of and competency in the following areas:
  • therapeutic relationships, human growth and development, family dynamics, interpersonal communication, developmental observation/assessment, learning process, behavior management, group dynamics, children's reaction to illness and hospitalization, therapeutic interventions, and play and activities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of childhood diseases, and medical terminology.
  • Ability to interpret a patient's self-reporting or behaviors.
  • Ability to provide effective preparation and procedural support.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with staff, management, physicians, patients, families, visitors, and the public.
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, multi-task and complete duties/projects on time.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with staff, management, and other healthcare team members.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, problem solve and make decisions.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and independently.
  • Ability to attend to details.
  • Proficient computer skills with Microsoft applications including Outlook and Word.


  • Sedentary-Light level of exertion—a mix of sitting and standing, minimal lifting, must be able to perform the exertion of CPR chest compressions.   
  • Ability to lift objects weighing 30 lbs. or less.         
  • Work is performed under normal working conditions with adequate lighting and ventilation.    
  • Job duties frequently require intense concentration and attention to detail (34-65% of work time).

Please apply online to be considered. For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application.

About PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a multi-specialty medical group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of its founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. 

We offer competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a collaborative, Mission-driven work environment! To learn more about working at PeaceHealth and the Springfield, OR community please visit our homepage: www.peacehealth.org/careers.

Get a feeling for the Spirit of PeaceHealth through this three-minute video, and visit us on Facebook or LinkedIn!

Questions? Review our Employment FAQ or email Recruitment@peacehealth.org. Please note this email does not accept resumes or applications.

Location: Springfield, OR, SHMC at Riverbend (420)
Job Category:  Professionals - Clinical; Professionals - Other
Shift:  Variable
Shift Length: Variable
FTE: 0.9
Work Type:  Part Time
Hourly compensation starts at: $22.07, more depending on experience
Required Certifications/Licensure: Basic Life Support; Certified Child Life Specialist

PeaceHealth is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified job applicants and employees without regard to the following statuses: protected veteran; qualified individual with a disability; race; ethnicity; religion; gender; pregnancy; gender identity; national origin; age; genetic information; sexual orientation; or any other protected status in accordance with local, state, or federal laws.

The above information is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of caregivers assigned to this job.

Posting Notes: Springfield, OR || Professionals - Clinical; Professionals - Other || Part Time || HOSPITAL ADMIN

About PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit health care system sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, with services in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth's rigorous pursuit of exceptional medicine springs from its mission, values, and commitment to provide healing and compassionate care to patients and families.

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