Child Life Specialist-2hrs
Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN

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We are looking for a certified child life specialist (CCLS) or an individual who has completed a child life internship and is eligible for certification to join our team and work as needed. Hours will vary. The ability to have significant availability and flex to meet diverse needs is a must.

The child life specialist Non-Exempt (CLS) provides direct patient care utilizing developmentally appropriate therapeutic play and education while incorporating child life interventions. The CLS collaborates with other members of the health care team to insure that patients and families receive quality psychosocial care. The CLS provides ongoing education for staff, students, and volunteers as it relates to the developmental and psychosocial needs of hospitalized and ill children.

Key Functions and Expected Performances:
Implements therapeutic programming for assigned population or unit.

Maximizes children's ability to use play therapeutically.

Provides interactions and activities to match current developmental status of patients and families.

Provides interactions and activities to match current emotional status of patients and families.

Recognizes and responds to symbolic play and communications.

Selects activities to address the goals for patients.

Assesses, implements, and evaluates the preparation and educational needs of patients and families.

Identifies stress points from the child and family point of view.

Describes sensory experiences, sequence of events, timing, and duration in the softest language that is accurate for all procedures, which are routinely performed for the assigned population/unit.

Selects and adapts preparation materials and interactions based on each child's and family's developmental level, emotional status, tolerance, temperament, learning style, and physical and cognitive ability levels.

Presents material in a manner that is interactive and elicits and responds to children's perceptions and misperceptions. When available, encourages parent and/or sibling involvement.

Evaluates the effectiveness of preparation with child and/or parents following a procedure. Uses the feedback to help in planning future care.

Offers post procedural support and follow-up to child and/or family based on their interest, need, and tolerance.

Shares pertinent information with the multidisciplinary team.

Assesses, implements, and evaluates the coping needs of patients and families.

Helps children and parents plan and implement effective coping strategies.

Shares strategies in a manner that enables their use by others.

Uses a broad repertoire of strategies that have previously enhanced children's coping and creatively improvises for individual needs.

Encourages independence during medical care and procedures as appropriate.

Provides sensitivity to the needs and challenges of all persons present during procedures, and supports patient as required while maintaining awareness of primary responsibility to children and parents.

Facilitates positive coping strategies for patients and families respecting their roles and the choices they make.

Acts as a team member to achieve family centered care.

Participates in patient care conferences and multidisciplinary rounds.

Advocates for the needs of patients and families.

Documents child life interventions per department policy.

Participates in the provision of education for staff.

Serves on assigned committees.

Participates in hospital sponsored community education events.

Orients, trains, and supervises child life interns, practicum students, and volunteers.

Provides thorough orientation, including expectations.

Provides constructive feedback on a regular basis per departmental guidelines.

Assists in skill development.

Effectively matches intern/student/volunteer ability to patient/family need.

Engages in lifelong learning to expand capacity of self and others to sustain a learning organization.

Learns new skills and systems as needed.

Provides theoretical rationale for care giving practices, chosen interventions, environmental decisions, and equipment selection.

Continues to expand knowledge base and uses theory to guide practice in challenging situations.

Solicits and incorporates feedback into daily work performance.

Establishes annual development goals and actions plans in collaboration with the child life director.

Advances child life practice as evidenced by participation in professional organizations, participation on a department or hospital committee, presentation at conferences, etc.

Basic Qualifications

Job requires Bachelor's and 0 years of experience or the equivalent.

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):
Certified Child Life Specialist

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