Job Title: Child Life Specialist | Child Life | Sioux Falls
City: Sioux Falls
Department: Child Life - Sioux Falls
Job Schedule: Part Time
Hours Per Shift: 8 hr
This is a part-time opportunity working Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 1:30PM-10:00PM. This opportunity will work with the Emergency Department.
Looking for an individual who has obtained certification or is near obtaining certification as a Child Life Specialist. For more details on qualifications of a Certified Child Life Specialist please visit https://www.childlife.org/certification/students
Develop, coordinate and implement the delivery of developmentally appropriate play activities, expressive arts, and special events for pediatric patients and their families within the health care setting, both at the bedside and in playroom settings.
Serves as the child's advocate when collaborating with the healthcare team to determine suitable therapeutic interventions. Utilizes expert knowledge of child development, family systems theories, and the developmental effects of stress and trauma on children to establish appropriate interventions to alleviate distress. Promotes family-centered care and facilitates the strengthening of positive coping and resiliency skills within the healthcare setting. Provides ongoing assessment of interventions used. Provides oversight and direction for utilization of volunteers in Child Life department. Possesses expert knowledge of medical diagnosis and procedures. Understands special needs of children with chronic or disabling conditions, with expertise in the use of play activities in a health care environment and in-depth knowledge of research regarding children in health care settings.
Demonstrates a personal commitment to contributing to others' well being. Monitors progress continuously and adjusts tactics for handling situations on a case by case basis. Works with common health information concepts and terminology. Evaluates and advises on proper treatment plans for pediatric patients. Coordination and management of care for patients, including those with complex needs. Support children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts. Observe, analyze, and record patients' participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed. Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling, and field trips. Obtain information from medical records, medical staff, family members and the patients themselves to assess patients' capabilities, needs and interests. Advises on a variety of programs and activities to accommodate the assessed needs of clients.
Bachelor's degree in Child Life, Child Development, Human Development, or related field required. Completion of Child Life internship required.
Minimum two years experience working with various age groups of children is preferred. Experience working with pediatric population in a therapeutic setting desired.
Certification as a Child Life Specialist (CCLS) is required or must be obtained within one year of hire. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required within six months of hire.
Internal Number: WD08358
About Sanford Health
Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 44 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and nine countries. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have transformed how Sanford Health improves the human condition. For information, visit sanfordhealth.org.