Provides basic age appropriate situation-based assessments to foster positive coping with outpatient care activities through implementation of person and family-centric intervention plans. Provides developmentally appropriate procedural education. Provides active preparation and support for interventional activities such as:
central access device access
initiation of IV therapy
bone marrow procedures
blood factor administration
Provides age appropriate educational materials to promote understanding of:
Disease/treatment on part of patient/parent/siblings/extended family members.
Works actively as a member of patient/family professional support team in a family-centric manner. Works with hospital-based Child Life Specialists to assure positive continuity of care - may involve occasional visits during inpatient stays. Participates in daily patient care huddles, weekly team/care meetings, child/family care meetings, school visits, home visits, Bleeding Disorder Clinic, Survivorship Clinic and Camp Hope. Serves as a liaison with NLH Foundation in advancing support for patient/family activities/material needs. Occasional evening and weekend program-based activities may require flexing of scheduled hours.
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:
Bachelor's degree (in any field of study) from an academic institution accredited by an organization that is recognized by either the US Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation or the international equivalent and additional coursework (as described below) as specified by the Association of Child Life Specialists
600 hours of internship – under the supervision of someone with CCLS credentials – this most often occurs PRIOR to completion of the academic degree.
Graduation from an ACLP-endorsed child life academic program (during the period of endorsement) or 10 college courses in the following content areas:
Child Life Course Taught by a CCLS
2 Child Development Courses
Family Systems Course
Loss/Bereavement or Death/Dying Course
Three Additional Courses
Ø For each of the 10 required courses, it is recommended that students take a 3-credit course or the equivalent to have an appropriate depth of instruction.
Ø A minimum of one full course must be completed for each of the required areas of study. (A minimum of two courses are required for the child development requirement.)
Ø For a course to count, the required content must be the primary focus of the course
EDUCATION PREFERRED: Bachelor's Degree in Child Life, Education or Child Development
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE PREFERRED: 6 - 9 months in medical setting. Prior experience working with Microsoft Office Word, Excel preferred.
CREDENTIAL REQUIRED: Child Life Specialist Certification within one year of hire; age appropriate CPR certified or within 6 months of hire.
Internal Number: 68882
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