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Child Life Specialist

Company: NCH Healthcare System
Location: Naples
Posted on: August 4, 2022

Job Description:

Essential Job Accountabilities: Job Summary:Child life specialists support and nurture children and their families through the emotional and physical aspects of hospitalization. They work hand-in-hand with the medical team to provide the children and their families the support they need in such an emotionally demanding predicament. Through the programs available at NCH, child life specialists provide as normal of an environment as possible. They provide opportunities for the children to play, thrive, and grow in an abnormal and sometimes difficult environment. Child life specialists work to support children through difficult medical circumstances and strive to provide some sense of normalcy. They are an extension of the medical staff and keep apprised of the condition and treatment regimen for the child, so they can keep the family informed and prepared.Essential Duties and Responsibilities:Work as the advocate and support staff of the children and their families. They educate and inform the families to understand a process and provide emotional support to the children as they go through tests and treatments. Work with the children on their specific needs and support them throughout the entire process. They are an extension of the medical staff and keep apprised of the condition and treatment regimen for the child, so they can keep the family informed and prepared. Helping children and their families process and cope with medical situations. Oversees the development of the child life program at the Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric Floor. Supervises any student Interns to include multiple disciplines such as Art, Family & Child Life Sciences, Child Life Practicum, and Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment Program (COPE).Education, Experience, Qualifications:Minimum of Bachelor's degree in Child Life Studies or a related field such as child development, child and family studies, or early childhood education; Master's degree in Child Life or Human Development preferred. Must have completed a full time (min 450 hours) internship in a qualified Child Life program in a pediatric facility, under the supervision and advisement of a Certified Child Life Specialist Must be certified as a Child Life Specialist by the Child Life Council or be eligible and obtain certification within 18 months of start date and maintain professional affiliations and license through the Child Life Council. Intermediate computer knowledge: Uses Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Windows.

Keywords: NCH Healthcare System, Cape Coral , Child Life Specialist, Other , Naples, Florida

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