As one of the nation's leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children â“ even those who may never enter our doors â“ through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.
Provides child life assessment, intervention and coordination with medical/clinical staff and outside agencies as appropriate within the guidelines designated by the department and the Delaware Valley policies and procedures. Actively participates in departmental education activities in order to expand knowledge of patient populations and evidence-based practice.
This position is in the ED and a short stay inpatient unit.
A. Direct Patient Care Responsibilities 1. Demonstrates proficiency in the care of all ages: pediatrics, adolescents and adults. Completes at least 75% of Staff I Child Life competencies. 2. Assesses patients need for therapeutic, developmental and social/recreational play and provide as appropriate. 3. Provides family/child education regarding diagnosis, treatment and the impact of hospitalization to increase understanding and minimize trauma and disruption in normal growth and development. Uses developmentally appropriate and medically accurate information to prepare children and families for diagnostic and treatment procedures, as defined in the Child Life preparation protocol. Psychological preparation will be provided in such a way that knowledge is increased and emotional needs are supported. 4. Utilizes stress reduction techniques to facilitate coping throughout hospital experience and in the home setting. 5. Provides medical play to allow children to explore, express, cope and gain a sense of mastery and control over hospitalization and related fears, fantasies and concerns. 6. Extends support to family members with respect to their needs, cultural values and beliefs. 7. Completes timely documentation as required by department policy, The Joint Commission and CARF standards. 8. Attends meetings related to patient treatment and contributes to discussion as an interdisciplinary team member. 9. Attends inservices/continuing education; provides updates in the form of inservices to associates. 10. May provide services within the home setting, when appropriate.
B. Indirect Patient Care Responsibilities 1. Assesses existing and develops new activities that promote general knowledge and professionalism within the department; mentors Staff I team members; participates in peer review process; assists in the annual review of clinical competencies; attends in-services/continuing education and provides updates in the form of in-services to the department 2. Participates in program, discipline, specialty, and hospital-wide Continuous Improvement projects. 3. Contributes to discipline and program committees to enhance patient care. Assesses current procedures and assists in developing methods of improvement related to patient care, including treatment plans of care. 4. Participates in activities to increase program use, awareness and marketability. Participates in meeting goals of the department. Attends monthly program meetings. 5. Assists in mentoring affiliating child life students, new child life staff, support personnel, and volunteers. Assists with hospital-wide student teaching. Participates in student and volunteer program organization. 6. Participates in and begins to lead single discipline, multi-disciplinary, and specialty teams. Mentor Staff I in teamwork principles. 7. Contributes to the growth and development of specialty areas within the child life specialty; develops ties with professional organizations; provides educational in-services and experiences to the department/program/community beyond mandated staff in-services from continuing education courses; participates in promotional activities for Child Life and/or Nemours.
1. Demonstrates commitment to the 10 Nemours Standards of Behavior 2. Consistently uses the AIDET Service Excellence Model 3. Works with team; extends him/herself to team; makes work environment comfortable for colleagues 4. Makes appropriate decisions (uses good judgment) 5. Sets priorities; asks questions; defines procedures 6. Accurately follows directions; gives accurate information 7. Thinks pro-actively; schedules time efficiently; works independently 8. Ensures written communications are focused to the reader's understanding 9. Builds and fosters professional relationships 10. Identifies customers; answers customers' questions; exhibits customer service skills 11. Stays current on technological aspects of position 12. Willingness to accept change 3 August 2013 13. Takes direction; accepts feedback, makes suggestions 14. Uses listening skills (non-verbal communications, rephrasing, etc.) 15. Makes decisions as appropriate for patient safety, departmental systems flow, etc. 16. Must have the ability to work well with others. 17. Regular attendance is required. 18. Good communication skills are required, both written and verbal.
Education and Training:
Must meet requirements to obtain Certification as a Child Life Specialist within 6 months of hire.
Work Schedule: 40 hours per week; 4 ten-hour shifts each, which includes working every other weekend. Within a two week pay period, schedule will be:
Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique âœBridge to a Healthy Futureâ pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.