As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.
The Child Life Specialist supports patients and family members of patients with complex medical and psychosocial needs, while managing resources and supporting volunteers and practicum students. This a 30 hour per week position with full time benefits eligibility.
QUALIFICATIONS (Please make sure you meet all qualifications before applying):
Bachelor's Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred, in Child Life or a related field.
Certification as a Child Life Specialist or eligible for certification. CLS Certification obtained within two rotations of the exam administration cycle
CPR Certification must obtained within 90 days of hire date
Direct Patient Care Responsibilities
Demonstrates proficiency in the care of all ages: Infants through adolescents and young adults.
Successfully completes all child life competencies by specified probationary period.
Assesses patients need for therapeutic, developmental and social/recreational play and provide as appropriate.
Provides family/child education regarding diagnosis, treatment and the impact of hospitalization to increase understanding and minimize trauma and disruption in normal growth and development.
Uses developmentally appropriate and medically accurate information to prepare children and families for diagnostic and treatment procedures, as defined in the child life preparation protocol.
Utilizes stress reduction techniques to facilitate adaptive coping during procedures and throughout hospital experience.
Provides medical play to allow children to explore, express, cope and gain a sense of mastery and control over their hospitalization and related fears, fantasies and concerns.
Extends support to family members with respect to their needs, cultural values and beliefs.
Supports the patient, caregivers and siblings, as well as other identified family members during end of life.
Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team as the process of evaluating the wishes of the family and patient are identified.
Facilitates a therapeutic process with the family/patient as they consider legacy items, cultural and spiritual needs and general therapeutic support during end of life care.
Completes timely documentation as required by department policy and regulatory bodies.
Attends meetings related to patient treatment and contributes to discussion as an interdisciplinary team member.
Attends inservices/continuing education.
Indirect Patient Care Responsibilities
Staff Development: Regularly participates in learning opportunities; participates in peer review processes in the department.
CQI: Participates in program, specialty and hospital CQI as requested.
Assessment and Treatment: Independently provides the full range of competent child life services to enhance patient care; assists in assessing current procedures and assists in developing methods of improvement related to patient care on assigned unit.
Program Development: Participate in activities to increase program use, awareness and marketing, under the direction of the clinical manager. Attends monthly department meetings as scheduled.
Clinical Education: Participates in shadowing and supervision of practicum students and displays competence in volunteer program organization, as scheduled on the assigned unit. Participates in orienting volunteers to child life programs and units. Supervises assigned volunteers.
Team Work: Participates in single discipline, multidisciplinary and specialty teams.
Professional Development: Demonstrates support of aligned professional organizations and speciality groups/foundations. Participates in community activities that promote Nemours as well as the child life profession. Completes mandatory inservice training yearly which includes safety, infection control and corporate compliance training, CPR, and program specific respiratory training.
Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.
Nemours is committed to improving the health of children. As a non-profit children’s health organization, we consider the health of every child to be a sacred trust. Through family-centered care in our children’s hospitals and clinics in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as world-changing research, education and advocacy, Nemours fulfills the promise of a healthier tomorrow for all children — even those who may never enter our doors. Nemours began more than 70 years ago with the vision of Alfred I. duPont to improve the lives of children and to do whatever it takes to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions. Today, through our children’s hospitals and health system, we directly care for 250,000 children annually in Delaware Valley and Florida, including families who travel from across the country and world to see our specialists — treating every child as we would our own. We also reach beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics to be a voice for children on a national and international level, and to lead the way in prevention, intervention, education, and research. Nemours is growing to better serve the children and families in our ca...re. We have 1.1 million square feet of space currently devoted to providing children’s healthcare or under construction, all designed with significant input and advice from our patients and families.