Cleveland Clinic Child-Life-Specialist-Part-Time-Float in Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Job Summary:

Assesses the developmental, social and physical needs of an assigned pediatric population and provides appropriate interventions, such as preparations and therapeutic play. Assesses and documents patient's developmental level, emotional state, utilizes hospitalization and procedures using informal assessment techniques throughout the hospital stay.

Responsibilities:

  • Assesses the developmental, social and physical needs of an assigned pediatric population and provides appropriate interventions, such as preparations and therapeutic play.

  • Assesses and documents patient's developmental level, emotional state, utilizes hospitalization and procedures using informal assessment techniques throughout the hospital stay.

  • Provides education, preparation and therapeutic intervention for medical events to help children and families cope based on developmental and emotional level.

  • Assists patients and families with relaxation techniques to decrease stress, increase coping skills, and cooperation during tests and procedures.

  • Provides diversional activities in the playroom/activity room and bedside based on individual capabilities and needs.

  • Provides education and information to enhance parental understanding of hospital system and resources.

  • Participates in psychosocial, interdisciplinary and/or departmental team meetings and communicate developmental and psychosocial needs of children.

  • Organizes and manages special events, special guests, support groups and other regularly scheduled events.

  • Participates in the orientation, direction and development of Children's Hospital volunteers.

  • Supervises Practicum/Internship students in the capacity of a Certified Child Life Specialist.

  • Manages play materials, supplies and equipment for playrooms by assuming responsibility for its cleanliness and storage; maintains inventory of both donated and purchased goods.

  • Represents the Child Life program in appropriate Children Hospital's committees.

  • Floats as needed to Fairview and Hillcrest Hospitals as well as Ambulatory Surgery Centers at Fairview/Westlake, Beachwood and Strongsville locations.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Education:

  • Minimum of Bachelor's degree in child life or child development related field.

Certifications:

  • Must have completed an approved Child Life Internship, minimum of 480 hours, under the direction of a Certified Child Life Specialist.

  • Child life specialists must have or earn professional certification (CCLS) through the Child Life Council within a year of appointment and maintain certification throughout their employment.

  • Must sit for exam at least annually until certification obtained.

  • An extension may be granted by Child Life Manager under appropriate circumstances.

  • Proof of Basic Life Support (BLS) through American Heart Association (AHA) certification must be obtained within one year of hire.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of two years and 4000 hours of professional Child Life clinical experience in a hospital setting preferred.

  • New graduates without 2 years Child Life Experienced will not be considered.

Physical Requirements:

  • Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patient, manual and finger dexterity, and eye-hand coordination.

  • Requires standing and walking for extended periods of time.

  • Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range.

  • Requires working under stressful conditions and irregular hours. Exposure to communicable diseases and/or body fluids.

  • Medium Work - Exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

  • Physical Demand requirements are in excess of those for Light Work.

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Follows Standard Precautions using personal protective equipment as required for procedures.

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