| Care Site Description|
St. Vincent Healthcare is part of SCL Health System, a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization.
Interested in making a difference? Then check us out. Our rich heritage and mission, and our focus on health care delivery that values person-centered care, excellence and accountability are a winning combination as we bring health – and hope – to our patients.
- Billings, Mont. (est. 1898)
- Largest tertiary care hospital and Level II Trauma Center in Montana serving patients in eastern and south-central Mont. and northern Wyo.
- 2,100 associates, 529 medical staff
- 286 beds (201 are staffed)
Services & Expertise
- Cancer Care
- Children’s Healthcare
- Comprehensive Regional Services
- Heart Center
- Orthopedic Services
- Women’s Services
St. Vincent Healthcare is an award-winning hospital providing person-centered care. We are People Healing People throughout the communities that we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable.
The Lead Child Life Specialist at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, MT serves as an in-house expert in child development and coping. Through the use of play, preparation and education, the Lead Child Life Specialist engages patients across the pediatric care continuum to ensure clinically necessary services are delivered and multidisciplinary care is coordinated. The Lead Child Life Specialist will use their knowledge and experience to develop and administer comprehensive, fully-integrated plans for infants, children or youth using evidence-based, developmentally-appropriate interventions. The Lead Child Life Specialist will routinely collaborate with nurses, physicians, therapists and other hospital staff to ensure the diverse needs of patients are met.
The Lead Child Life Specialist will be responsible for:
- Leadership, administration and strategic planning of Child Life services throughout the hospital (in conjunction with the Director of Pediatric Service Line).
- Assessing the efficacy of services provided, and continually improving programs.
- Educating and collaborating with clinical partners to ensure best practices are administered.
- Performing comprehensive psychosocial assessments upon intake.
- Utilizing a wide array of therapeutic play practices to encourage patient self-healing and self-expression.
- Partnering with patients and families to develop coping techniques and therapies that are individualized, evidence-based, and developmentally sound.
- Researching and networking with the Child Life community to ensure best practices are identified and implemented as appropriate.
- Using a consultative approach when speaking with patients, families and clinicians to ensure open, honest communication and information sharing.
In addition, the Lead Child Life Specialist is expected to have experience with a wide array of pediatric illnesses, basic medical procedures and terminology.
To be successful in this role, the Lead Child Life Specialist needs:
- Bachelor’s degree in Child Life, Child Development or related field.
- Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) certification.
- BLS certification.
- Clinical skills and experience to support the development and administration of a hospital-wide Child Life plan initiative.
We prefer you have:
- Master’s degree in related field.