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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

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

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  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.


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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



  1. Performs other duties as assigned



  • 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.


  • 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.



  • 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
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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