Job Description

Job Title: Child Life Specialist
Job ID: 670409
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: DAYLIGHT, SOME NIGHTS/WEEKENDS
Shift: Variable
Facility: Children's Hospital of Pgh
Department: Child Life
Location: 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224

Description

Purpose:
The Child Life Specialist is responsible for providing developmentally appropriate education, preparation and programming which optimizes growth and development of children, supports and maintains normal living patterns and minimizes psychosocial trauma associated with healthcare experiences. Possesses a theoretical knowledge base of normal child development and the psychosocial effects of hospitalization and illness on children and families. Demonstrates competence in clinical skills, problem solving and priority setting.

Responsibilities:
  • Advocate for patient and Family Centered Care. Establish rapport and orients the patient and family to the hospital environment. Support the child's relationship with parents, siblings and peers. Help the patient and family make the transition from home to hospital and from hospital to home.
  • Collect, assess and record information regarding the patient and/or family to identify developmental level and psychosocial needs. Develop, update and implement individualized child life plans for priority patients. Document in the electronic chart in compliance with the child life policy and standards.
  • Communicate developmentally appropriate explanations regarding medical encounters to patients and families. Assist patients and parents in understanding the issues of hospitalization and illness through preparation and post-procedural debriefing. Provide emotional support to patients during medical procedures through stress point coping techniques.
  • Cooperatively communicate patient needs and normal child development issues with health care staff through documentation, rounds, patient care conferences and meetings. Refer patients and families to appropriate services and supporting programs as needed.
  • Discuss death, bereavement, loss and related issues with patients, siblings and families, when appropriate.
  • Maintain an environment which is safe, supportive and developmentally based. Provide therapeutic activities for supervised individuals and patient groups, which encourage expression of feelings and promote a sense of mastery and understanding of health care experiences.
  • Support, direct and assess the performances of the Child Life Assistants. Is active in the training and supervision of students and volunteers.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Child Life, Child Development, Child and Family Studies, Psychology or a related health care major.
  • Completion of a 480 hour Child Life Internship under the direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist. This reflects eligibility requirements to sit for the Child Life Professional Certification Examination with the Child Life Council, Inc., Bethesda, MD

 

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Certified Child Life Counsel - certification required within 1 year of hire

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $18.24 to $30.32

Union Position: No

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