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Child Life Specialist - Family Resources, FT; 40 hrs/wk 8 am - 4:30 pm (5471)

Children's Hospital & Medical Center - Omaha Omaha, NE
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Job Description

Just like the children we serve, Children's is growing quickly and hiring a Child Life Specialist for our Family Resources department.  As a Child Life Specialist you will provide therapeutic, educational and recreational programs for patients. Plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities which promote normal growth and development, and support the psycho-social needs of patients and their families throughout the course of their testing/treatment or hospitalization.  

Essential Functions/Competencies

% of Time

 

30%

  1. Provides preparation and support to patients undergoing medical procedures and treatments through pre-procedural teaching and assesses coping skills and adjustment to hospitalization, surgery and/or chronic illness on a daily basis.
  • Uses formal and informal assessment techniques to accurately determine patient’s developmental and emotional states.
  • Uses developmentally appropriate and medically accurate teaching aids and techniques to increase knowledge and support emotional needs.
  • Advocates for the needs of patients and families by communicating important information with the appropriate health care professionals.
  • Writes concise, objective, and accurate clinical notes, documenting pertinent information.

20%

  1. Facilitates interaction with patients, siblings, and parents.
  • Recognizes and addresses the importance of therapeutic play in facilitating child’s mastery of and coping with the health care experience.
  • Incorporates family’s involvement into their child’s care, identifies family needs and views.
  • Communicates with patients and families using theories of human growth and development, family systems and cultural background.

20%

  1. Actively advocates patient needs to medical team members and ancillary services.  Seeks appropriate/alternative approaches to care which may minimize the impact of the healthcare experience.
  • Communicates concisely with other professionals, integrating theory and evidence based practice to obtain and share pertinent information.
  • Demonstrates respect for the viewpoints of other professionals.
  • Coordinates child life services with families and professionals.
  • Promotes child life within own department/area using creative ways and approaches with staff and families.

5%

  1. Coordinates and participates in educational programs that explain Child Life Services.
  • Actively participates in the General orientation of CHS new hires.
  • Coordinates school re-entry programs or support groups as needed.
  • Actively involved in providing a safe learning environment for our intern and practicum students.
  • Participates in the volunteer program and assists in modifying the process as needed.

5%

  1. Coordinates outreach programs, pre-op preparation education and/or support groups.
  • Recognizes verbal and nonverbal cues and adapts teaching accordingly.
  • Assesses knowledge, misconceptions, previous experiences and unique socio- cultural learning needs.
  • Provides educational information to various groups within the hospital and community when relevant.

10%

  1. Maintains play area in a safe, orderly, and child friendly condition and ensures that toys are appropriately cleaned and kept in good condition.
  • Follows Infection Control and safety procedures and policies.
  • Maintains playroom in a safe and orderly manner.
  • Toys are maintained and cleaned using appropriate cleaning materials.
  • Assures availability of toys for various age ranges and developmental levels.

5%

  1. Maintains current knowledge regarding development, trends, and techniques in Child Life.
  • Incorporates Child Life trends and best practices into care delivery.
  • Identifies resources and opportunities for professional development.

 

Regular attendance at work is an essential function of the job.

 

Perform physical requirements as described in the Physical Requirements section

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS/COMPETENCIES

5%

  1. Performs other duties as assigned

100%

 

 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Requires experience with healthy children and hospitalized children generally acquired through field experience and a Child Life internship which meets the standards set by the Child Life Council.
  • Possesses interpersonal skills which enable the individual to establish professional rapport with patients and families, and possesses assertive skills necessary to advocate effectively for patients and families.

     

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Child Life, Child Development, Psychology, or related field required.
  • Successfully completed an internship which meets the standards set by the Child Life Council (required for Certification).
  • Previous experience in a hospital setting as a Child Life Specialist preferred.

     

    CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Current and valid Child Life Certification must be obtained within two years of hire date if not currently certified.
  • Current and valid Child Life Certification must be maintained at all times once acquired.
  • Basic Life Support Certification required within 6 months of hire.

Job Details

Date Posted September 7, 2017
Date Closes December 6, 2017
Requisition 977601-13342
Address 8200 Dodge Street
Located In Omaha, NE
Work At Hospital
Department Family Resource Center
Job Type Full-time Employee
Compensation Hourly Wage, Based on Experience
Shift
Daytime
8 am - 4:30 pm
Hours 40 hours per week
Start Date 2017-09-18
Positions Available 1
SOC Category 39-9011.00 Childcare Workers
Zipcode 68114

This job offers the following benefits

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Dependent-Care Spending Accounts
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health-Care Spending Accounts
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Business Travel Accident Insurance
  • Dental
  • Dependent Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Group Homeowners and Auto
  • Group Legal
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Maternity / Paternity / Family Leave
  • Medical
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Vision
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Bereavement Pay
  • Cafeteria / Food
  • Continuing Education Program
  • Credit Union
  • Discounts on Employer Merchandise & Services
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Financial Planning
  • Free Parking
  • Health Fair
  • Nursing Facilities
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacations
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Wellness Program
  • Workout Facilities
  • Achievement Awards
  • Bonus Plan
  • Merit Increases

This job requires the following skills

  • Developmental Education Specialist
  • Computer Usage
  • Excellent Communications
  • Excellent Logic and Reasoning
  • Excellent Team Member
  • Positive Attitude
  • Problem Resolution
  • Pediatric Care

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