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We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Child Life Specialist.
In this role, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing child life services for designated areas (patients and families) in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team and under the general guidance of designated supervisor/manager(s).
- Utilizes knowledge and resources to assess, plan and prioritize appropriate child life and interdisciplinary interventions. Seeks and assimilates information from team members, patient, family, and medical record to perform needs assessment. Assesses patients development, temperament, coping style and adjustment using knowledge of child development and behavior, disease/injury, treatment, healthcare stressors, cultural and family systems. Uses informal as well as standardized assessment techniques (e.g., PRAP) as appropriate. Determines and prioritizes scope and depth of child life services recommended for each patient based on knowledge of the variables affecting coping. Communicates care plan to physician, interdisciplinary team members, patient and family as appropriate.
- Demonstrates, explains and provides stress reduction techniques before, during, and/or after stressful experiences to facilitate adaptive coping in consideration of developmental, emotional, situational, and behavioral factors. Encourages and supports patients emotional expression in order to promote understanding and mastery of health care experiences. Provides orientation to healthcare routines, environment, and personnel.
- Provides education regarding illness/condition, treatment, and coping techniques to patients, family members, and the larger community as appropriate. Assists in the preparation of patients and families for surgical, medical, and diagnostic procedures using developmentally appropriate and medically accurate teaching tools and techniques with a goal of increasing knowledge and decreasing anxiety. Incorporates coping technique education and reinforcement into daily interventions. Assesses effectiveness of coping or procedural education based on patient experience.
- Provides opportunities for and facilitates a variety of group and/or individual recreational and play activities that promote normalization, development, learning, self-expression, and coping. Recognizes and describes the developmental and psychosocial components of various therapeutic play and expressive activities in facilitating patients mastery and coping with the health care experience. Provides leadership and supervision for volunteers and students in the provision of safe and effective play activities.
- Facilitates positive relationships with family members, using knowledge and resources to accommodate cultural needs and to bridge differences. Seeks involvement and support of family members in their childs child life and health care team goals, matching expectations with family needs and values. Extends support and offers counsel to family members with respect to their own stress and needs. Assists in the identification and utilization of internal and community resources for families. Provides education to parents regarding the patients and/or siblings developmental needs and responses to illness/injury/hospitalization. Supports siblings through developmentally appropriate play, expression, education and visitation.
To qualify you must have a Bachelors degree in Child Life, Early Childhood Education or a closely related field. CCLS certification or CCLS certification eligible by the Child Life Certifying Committee, including successful completion of full-time internship in a pediatric healthcare setting under the supervision of a certified child life specialist.
Required Licenses: Child Life Specialist Cert.
Masters degree in Child Life and at least one year experience as a Certified Child Life Specialist in a pediatric healthcare setting. Work experience with children, youth, and families in non-healthcare settings also preferred.
Qualified candidates must be able to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.
NYU Langone Medical Center provides its staff with far more than just a place to work. Rather, we are an institution you can be proud of, an institution where you'll feel good about devoting your time and your talents. And just as our employees invest so much in us, we invest in our employees. We're pleased to have one of the most competitive compensation packages not only among New York's hospitals and healthcare institutions, but within the corporate sector as well. We begin with exceptional medical, dental, and drug coverage. We enhance this basic coverage with comprehensive wellness programs, and supplement those with retirement investment and benefits plans, and generous paid time off allowances. Add to that a very attractive tuition program, and you'll see just some of the ways that NYU Langone Medical Center demonstrates our commitment to our employees.
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