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Child Life Specialist - Radiology & Pediatrics

2131 South 17Th Street
Wilmington, NC

Date Posted: Feb 19, 2021

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Job Description



NHRMC, established in 1967 in Wilmington, NC, is recognized as a preeminent healthcare organization focused on leading our community to outstanding health. We have an 855 bed network of hospitals and multi-specialty physician group practices with more than 200 physicians. With a network of primary, specialty, neighborhood clinics and regional medical centers; you will find our culture is the very definition of best in practice. Join us and find out how many ways NHRMC offers you the chance to focus on what really matters - our patients and community.

About the Job

Location: New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Department: Radiology - Info Systems/Sched

Full Time Equivalent: FTE: 1.000000

Work Type: 64 to 80 Hours Pay Period

Work Schedule: 8HR DAY - Most of shift btwn 7A-3P

Exempt from Overtime: Exempt: No

What You'll Do


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.

Position Requirements

* Cert Child Life Specialist
* Music Therapist Board Cert
* Cert Therapeutic Rec Spec
* Licensed Rec Therapist

* Bachelors Degree

Other information:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree and applicable certification or licensure such as Child Life Specialist Certification, Music Therapy Board certification, Recreation Therapy Certification and Licensure or directly related field.

Licensure / Certifications: AHA HS Certification required: Some department have additional advanced CPR requirements as listed on staff annual education record. National certifications/licenses required as applicable to degree.Certified Child Life Specialist Certification (CCLS), Music Therapist Board Certified (MT-BC), Licensed Recreation Therapist/Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (LRT/CTRS) required.

Experience: At least two years experience in the field of Child Life with at least one-year experience in a medical facility.

Ability to work in, and around, an MRI suite as part of the primary job function.

Demonstrates standards of performance (ownership, teamwork, communication, compassion) that support patient satisfaction and principles of service excellence. 

Performs other duties as assigned. 

Individual will possess commensurate combination of education, experience and qualifications. 

Other Information

This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications which may be required of the employee assigned to the position. Depending on the location of the job, duties may vary. Receipt of the job description does not imply nor create a promise of employment, nor an employment contract of any kind; my employment with the Company is at will.

  • Member Top 100 Hospitals – In 2016 NHRMC was recognized as a Top 100 Hospital demonstrating significant investment and financial sustainability for the communities we serve. 
  • Newsweek's 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals - NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital was named as a Best Maternity Care Hospital by Newsweek. 
  • Forbes America’s Best Large Employers 2018 and 2019Link 
  • Becker’s 150 Top Places to Work in HealthcareLink 
  • Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience

Consider a career at NHRMC and become part of this award winning team!

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