UPMC Child Life Specialist, Assoc in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Child Life Specialist Associate is responsible for providing developmentally appropriate education, preparation and programming which optimizes growth and development of children, supports and maintains normal living patterns and minimizes psychosocial trauma associated with healthcare experiences. Possesses a theoretical knowledge base of normal child development and the psychosocial effects of hospitalization and illness on children and families. Demonstrates competence in clinical skills, problem solving and priority setting.
Support, direct and assess the performances of the Child Life Assistants. Is active in the training and supervision of students and volunteers.
Communicate developmentally appropriate explanations regarding medical encounters to patients and families. Assist patients and parents in understanding the issues of hospitalization and illness through preparation and post-procedural debriefing. Provide emotional support to patients during medical procedures through stress point coping techniques.
Collect, assess and record information regarding the patient and/or family to identify developmental level and psychosocial needs. Develop, update and implement individualized child life plans for priority patients. Document in the electronic chart in compliance with the child life policy and standards.
Maintain an environment which is safe, supportive and developmentally based. Provide therapeutic activities for supervised individuals and patient groups, which encourage expression of feelings and promote a sense of mastery and understanding of health care experiences.
Discuss death, bereavement, loss and related issues with patients, siblings and families, when appropriate.
Cooperatively communicate patient needs and normal child development issues with health care staff through documentation, rounds, patient care conferences and meetings. Refer patients and families to appropriate services and supporting programs as needed.
Advocate for patient and Family Centered Care. Establish rapport and orients the patient and family to the hospital environment. Support the child's relationship with parents, siblings and peers. Help the patient and family make the transition from home to hospital and from hospital to home.
Rounds on every patient in ED to assess and address their concerns and needs. 2. Visit patients and their families in rooms: offering beverages, reading material, blankets, meal vouchers. 3. Check on patients and families in the waiting room. 4.
Assist with inter-disciplinary team that is caring for the patient in order to improve the whole patient experience.
Bachelor's degree required in the area's of education: Child Life, Child Development, Child and Family Studies, Psychology or a related health care major.
Completion of a 480 hour Child Life Internship under the direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist.
This reflects eligibility requirements to sit for the Child Life Professional Certification Examination with the Child Life Council, Inc., Bethesda, MD
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
*Cert Child Life Counsel * Certification required within 1 year of hireCPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
Act 33 with renewal
Act 34 with renewal
Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal
UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran