HCA, Hospital Corporation of America Child Life Specialist in Lewisville, Texas
Child Life Specialist
Work Schedule : Full-Time, Monday-Friday from 3pm-11pm
Location : Medical Center of Lewisville
Child Life Specialist Job Summary:
This position acts as a resource to the Emergency Department by providing activities for the developmental needs of hospitalized children age 0-21. They help decrease the anxiety and/or trauma with illness and hospitalization through interventions, which promote play, learning, mastery, self-expression, and peer interaction. Educates staff and the community about the developmental needs of hospitalized children, reactions of children to illness and hospitalization, and family centered care. Advocates for policy and standards of care which support the special needs of children and families.
Job Duties and Responsibilities :
Provides for the developmental needs of hospitalized children age 0-21 to include advocating for psychosocial, emotional, physical and cognitive needs.
Decreases the anxiety and/or trauma with illness and hospitalization through interventions, which promote play, learning, mastery, self-expression, and peer interaction.
Initiates and assists with individualized distraction measures and pain minimization/control activities.
Educates staff and the community concerning the developmental needs of hospitalized children, reactions of children to illness and hospitalization, and family centered care.
Individualizes care based on patient and family consultation and response to interventions.
Utilizes infection control policies and principles in handling and cleaning of supplies/equipment.
Advocates for policy and standards of care which support the special needs of children and families.
Provides school re-entry, transitional presentations, and disability awareness presentations to promote adjustment, tolerance, and acceptance of those with disabilities.
Monitors use and condition of supplies, equipment and materials, including donated and purchased items, to ensure safety.
Maintains adequate amounts of supplies, equipment, and material, within budget guidelines, necessary to provide child life services.
Participates in quality improvement activities pertinent to scope of services.
Documents patient involvement in child life programming by keeping daily records of all interventions, charting on patients, and sharing pertinent information with staff.
Assists in providing community outreach programs within the hospital and community on children’s health care needs.
Communicates with Child life leadership on plans, activities, new ideas and administrative needs of specific programs.
Works with volunteer program to select, train, schedule and supervise volunteers for the specified portion of the Child Life Program.
Participates in management and organization of activity centers by selecting supplies/equipment appropriate for patient needs, utilizing supplies/equipment in an efficient and economical manner, and maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment.
Participates in hospital or departmental performance improvement activities, and seeks opportunities to improve department and inter-department processes.
Serves as a resource to department staff, students, volunteers and other departments, and contributes to the teamwork essential to ensuring quality patient care.
Takes appropriate measures to ensure safety of staff and patients.
Ability to cope with death and/or loss of developmental function.
Must be willing to assist to meet the needs of the ED, FMEC, and Pediatric units
Patient Population Served :
Employees in this position must be able to respond to the immediate needs of Pediatric age categories and their family. The skills and knowledge needed to provide such care may be gained through education, training, or experience. Must have knowledge and understanding of growth and development theories of play, family dynamics, and development assessment. Also must have a basic understanding of medical terminology and procedures as well as knowledge of reactions of children and families to illness and healthcare experience. Expected to be able to facilitate interventions to support coping and minimize stress and anxiety. Will develop working relationships to support a collaborative approach to caring for ill children.
Minimum Position Requirements :
License/Certifications a. Must be Certified under the specifications for Child Life Certification by the Child Life Council, Inc., or eligible to sit for Child Life Certification exam. Must obtain certification within 18 months of hire date. b. BLS (AHA)
Education a. Bachelor’s Degree in Child life, child development or a related field. Master’s Degree preferred.
Experience a. Prior experience as a Child Life Specialist preferred.
Special Qualifications a. Strong verbal and written communication skills requirements b. Computer and keyboarding skills requirement c. Special skills related to the position
Title: Child Life Specialist
Location: Texas-Lewisville-Medical Center of Lewisville - Lewisville
Requisition ID: 00950-84824