Child Life Specialist
North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System - New Hyde Park, NY

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The Child Life Specialist plays an integral role in fostering the emotional, developmental, intellectual and physical growth of children in the hospital environment and outpatient setting by creating a welcoming environment. The specialist ensures the comfort of the patients and their families by demonstrating the basic principles of family-centered care, and fostering positive hospital community relations.

Responsibilities include:
Orients hospital staff to the psychosocial needs of children and their families.
Provides psychosocial care for the children by creating varied activities that match the patient's condition and need.
Offers programs to allow the children to play, learn and interact with others in an emotionally and physically safe environment.
Organizes and provides design input for activity areas to provide comfort and security.
Refers appropriate patents to hospital school.
Provides and facilitates activities for the children that promote self-healing, self-expression, understanding and mastery.
Allows patient/family to make decisions to maximize feelings of control.
Develops plan-of-care based on assessment of child's development, temperament, coping style, medical plan and available social support.
Uses therapeutic play in facilitating child's mastery and coping with the health-care experience, and as a diagnostic and treatment tool.
Uses knowledge of patient/family coping styles, learning styles and needs based on developmental level, emotional state, cultural and religious practices, physical and cognitive limitations, and language barriers.
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Interprets the child's perception of his/her diagnosis and treatment as revealed through play and other means of communication.
Provides emotional support and stress reduction techniques.
Records patient care information in the medical record and/or the daily census sheets, and shares information with the care giving team.
Assess children's response to illness, hospitalization and/or treatment.
Assist family members with their adaptation to the child's illness by offering support and counsel.
Refers appropriate patients for adjunct services (i.e., parenting programs, support groups, counseling).

Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree in Child Life, Child Development, or related field, required.
Completion of a 480 hour internship, required.
Child Life certification must be obtained within 18 months of date of hire.

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Transforming care, optimizing patient satisfaction and creating better patient outcomes are just some of the things our talented team members are doing at North Shore-LIJ each and every day. As a culture committed to providing our customers with the highest quality service, we stand behind our core values: Patients first; Caring; Excellence; Innovation; Integrity and Teamwork. It is our commitment and our culture that sets us apart from others and is the cornerstone of everything we do. Join an organization whose team members are valued, cared for and offered continuous opportunities to grow. Click on the link to learn more about us: www.northshorelij.com/goals

Please note: North Shore-LIJ is a smoke-free environment. Smoking and the use of tobacco products is strictly prohibited anywhere on campus, including parking lots and outdoor areas on the premises. Free smoking cessation programs and quit medications are offered to team members who wish to quit through the North Shore-LIJ Center for Tobacco Control.

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