Certified Child Life Specialist I (Full Time, Days)
Nicklaus Children’s Health System
Location: Miami, Florida
Internal Number: 22198
Works under the supervision of leadership and Child Life team to assist the child and/or family in their adjustment to hospital, diagnosis, and/or treatment plan by providing pre/post procedural/surgical teachings, emotional support, developmentally appropriate play activities, distraction and support during painful procedures, and medical play to enhance understanding. Collaborates as a member of the interdisciplinary team to develop and administer an individualized plan of care, adhering to the professional standards of practice of the Child Life Council
Minimum Job Requirements
Bachelor's Degree Child Life, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or related field (Required)
Certified ChildLife Specialist required within 1 year of hire
American Heart Association (AHA) CPR AED - must maintain active and in good standing throughout employment.
Completion of Child Life internship following Child Life Council current standards
Complete at least 10 hours of professional development hours (PDU) per year
Participate in the NCHS Clinical Advancement program and expected to accrue a minimum of 5 points per year
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Assists the patient/family in their adjustment to the hospital, diagnosis, and/or treatment plan.
Provides pre/post procedural and surgical teachings to patients and families.
Offers emotional support, developmentally appropriate play activities, distraction and support during painful procedures, and engages in medical play to enhance patient understanding
Covers caseload thoroughly and prioritizes patients based on the Child Life Council's guidelines for the standard of care; plans & organizes daily routine; meets deadlines for assigned projects.
Develops a productive work environment that incorporates volunteers into daily programming through delegating, valuing input, empowering, and providing feedback
Establishes and maintains a healthy, balanced, and therapeutic relationship with the patient and family within the integrated healthcare system based on their needs.
Identifies & addresses the learning needs for patients/families; identifies inhibitors to learning process & readiness to learn; adjusts teaching strategies based on age, ethnic & gender issues.
Interacts in a cooperative manner within the healthcare team to support and contribute to the shared patient/family focused care goals through professional communications techniques.
Utilizes a clinical decision-making process and critical thinking to effectively deliver patient care with all healthcare providers across the continuum of care
Utilizes clinical decision making processes to achieve desired patient/family outcomes.
Develops a productive work environment to practicum students after achieving a minimum of 2,000 hours (approximately one year).
Develops a productive work environment for intern students after achieving a minimum of 4,000 hours (approximately two year).
Balances the clinical responsibilities, professional growth, and development activities through active participation in MCHS Clinical Advancement.
Master's degree preferred
Membership and active participation within the Child Life Council are recommended.
Knowledge of procedures, illnesses, injuries, and other related events on a nursing unit.
Able to demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to provide appropriate care to the age of the patients served on their assigned unit.
Primary Location :
Florida-Miami-Nicklaus Children's Hospital - Main Hospital Campus
Nicklaus Children’s Health System, is the region’s only healthcare system exclusively for children. In addition to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and a growing number of outpatient centers located throughout the tri-county area, the health system includes Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm; Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists, a nonprofit physician practice subsidiary; a management services organization, and an ambulatory surgery center. Our vision is to be where the children are. Ultimately, this means being there through all stages of health and life, both physically and emotionally. To be a trusted partner to children and their families, not only in times of illness, but throughout their life journey. Our mission is to inspire hope and promote lifelong health by providing the best care to every child.