The Child Life Specialist providing direct patient care for patients in the developmental stages of neonate (0-28 days), infant (1-12 months), children (1-12 years), and adolescents (13-17 years), is responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing Child Life interventions to contribute to effectively manage the Plan of Care for each patient based on appropriate medical specialty standards, policies, and procedures. The Child Life Specialist provides patient consultation and assumes a communicative role with other professionals. The Child Life Specialist will provide a variety of interventions for pediatric patients and families to promote coping skills, emotional health, and optimal development in the hospital setting. The Child Life Specialist is responsible for continuing his/her own personal development to enhance practice. The Child Life Specialist participates in professional responsibilities such as program development, student programs, and performance improvement programs.
1.Assess the emotional and medical needs of assigned patient and families to determine the support needed during the medical experience.Formulate a plan of interaction based on assessment of patient and family and present the plan to the other members of the care team.
2.Responsible for assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of child life services or referral to Healing Arts Network (HAN) modalities to contribute to a developmentally appropriate plan of care and to effectively care for each patient.
3.Utilize developmentally-appropriate methods for preparing children and families for diagnostic, treatment, and surgical procedures to optimize patients’ understanding of their experience as well as their coping.
4.Participate in activities to support family-centered and comprehensive care. Appropriately communicates information in accordance to hospital policies and procedures and discipline-specific guidelines. Maintain on-going communication with physicians, nurses, unit and clinical staff in order to ensure a coordinated approach to patient care.
5.Contributes to program effectiveness by ensuring that child life modalities are offered with frequency indicated in assessment plan.
6.Coordinates community outreach projects and programming for the Medical Center patients, employees and the community.
7.Organizes and performs work effectively and efficiently
8.Maintains and adjusts schedule to enhance team performance.