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Child Life Assistant - Western Psychiatric Hospital

Description

Purpose:
A Child Life Assistant (CLA) is responsible for supporting the psychosocial and developmental needs of patients and their families in a patient and family centered care environment. A CLA plans and implements developmentally appropriate interactions and activities for patients to promote safe and developmentally appropriate play and normalization experiences for patients and families and helps plan and staff events and programs and group activities The CLA processes and distributes toys, supplies and donations and acts as a hospital representative for entertainers and special guests during unit-based visits with patients.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintains the Child Life activity areas in an organized, clean and safe manner. Is knowledgeable about and follows all hospital policies and procedures for safety, security and infection prevention. Completes the Activity Center Preparation and Daily Activity Center Sign In forms daily and submits monthly to Manager.
  • Collaborates with the unit CLS and/or CL Manager, to plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities and projects for individual and groups of patients. Acts as a resource to families about special programs.
  • Updates posted information to assure timeliness of communication. Informs and encourages participation in planned events and activities when appropriate. Escorts patients safely to and from activities and events.
  • Communicates patient and family information with the CLS and unit team in order to provide customized experiences to meet the patient's needs. Advocates for specific needs as identified by the patient and family. Interacts with patients and family members to promote the patient's development and positive adjustment to the hospital setting.
  • Orients and supervises volunteers and work study students to assure safe, developmentally appropriate and effective patient and family experiences. Completes annual volunteer evaluations.
  • Coordinates and participates in events and programs for patients and. Accountable for assigned event role including set up, tear down, registration, hosting, overseeing volunteer activities, transporting patients and supporting event success.
  • Manages and utilizes technology tools, hospital resources (sensory room, Dream Big Studio, Matt's Maker Space, library, etc.) and applications in providing appropriate activities for patients.
  • Participates in scheduled meetings with unit CLS, Director, child life assistant group, event coordinator, and other special interest group assignments and planning teams.
  • Receives, organizes and distributes holiday and community donations. Processes donations, sorts items appropriate for use, and coordinates usage plan with designated departments and staff members.
  • Develops monthly orders and processes expense reports.
  • Answers developmentally age appropriate play and program consults and documents in the electronic charting system.

Qualifications

  • Associate's degree in Child Development, Child Care or related major or currently enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program in Child Development, Child Care or related major at the 3rd or 4th year level.
  • 2 years of work experience with children and families required.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

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