HCA, Hospital Corporation of America Child Life Specialist (PRN) in San Antonio, Texas

General Statement of Duties: The Child Life Specialist plans and provides therapeutic activities and appropriate psychosocial/developmental care for pediatric and adolescent patients and families, to assist them in effectively coping with stress and anxiety of health care experiences, and in cooperation with other members of the health care team, integrates therapeutic interventions with overall care and treatment of patients.

*Essential Job Functions:

  1. Assesses patients and facilitates play interactions with regard to developmental level, interest, capabilities, life situations, special concerns, and stress vulnerability potential related to illness, injury and health care. Documents assessments when appropriate.

  2. Institutes an individualized program of activities and/or behavioral strategies as needed for patients in consultation with nursing staff and other involved members of the health care team. Participates in patient’s discharge planning as appropriate.

  3. Provides play opportunities and other therapeutic interventions to promote understanding and prepare patients for health care experiences, to foster growth and development, and prevent adverse consequences of hospitalization.

  4. Provides procedural, emotional and bereavement support to patients/families. Assess needs for outpatient psychosocial care and recommends referrals.

  5. May manage a volunteer service program to support Child Life Program activities.

  6. Serves as a clinical resource to pediatric staff, parents, volunteers, students, and other hospital staff in areas where children are treated. Provides interdisciplinary in-service education on child development, child life, and the impact of illness, injury and health care on patients and families.

Minimum Education and Experience: 1. Baccalaureate degree in education, child development, child life psychology or related field. 2. Completion of a Child Life internship of 480 hours from an accredited Child Life program is required.

PREFERRED:At least two-year clinical experience as a Child Life Specialist, one year of clinical experience required.

*Minimum License and Certificates Required:

PREFERRED:Certification by the Child Life Council

Title: Child Life Specialist (PRN)

Location: Texas-San Antonio-Methodist Hospital

Requisition ID: 02531-67772