Boston Medical Center
Child Life Specialist
Status: Per Diem
The Child Life Specialist, ensures that comprehensive services are provided to minimize the negative impact of trauma, illness and hospitalization by addressing the emotional, cognitive, and developmental needs of patients and families throughout the healthcare experience.Minimum Qualifications
Baccalaureate degree in Child Life or closely related field with 1-2 years of experience in Child Life setting is required. Masters preferred.
Completion of a 480 hour Child Life internship under the direct supervision of a certified Child Life Specialist required.
Certification as a Child Life Specialist is preferred, Certification as a Child Life Specialist is required within 6 months of hire.
Duties and Responsibilities: (these are a general summary and not all inclusive)
Assists patients and families in coping with illness and hospitalization.
Provides developmentally appropriate preparation and education to patients and families regarding their healthcare experiences.
Documents and maintains updated patient information pertaining to services provided.
Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team in an effort to support a family centered care approach to services.
Provides individualized therapeutic interventions to assist with support of emotional, cognitive, and developmental needs.
Normalizes environment to reduce impact of healthcare experiences on development and coping.
Provides legacy and bereavement support for patients and families encountering grief as needed.
Provides program development for the assigned clinical area
Maintains an appropriate, safe and supportive environment for children and families in the patient care setting.
Participates in meetings including but not limited to patient care rounding, unit meetings and Child Life staff meetings.
Works alongside Manager and Child Life staff pertaining to donations, budget for resources and supply needs.
Participates in volunteer training, support and supervision.
Adheres to infection control policy set forth by institution.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as required.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.