Child Life Specialist
Job ID: R0033118 | Healthcare Specialists | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
A member of the pediatric health are team who focuses on the emotional, social and developmental needs of hospitalized children and adolescents. This professional works with ill or injured children and adolescents across the continuum of care to ease the anxiety and stress that accompanies illness, injury or chronic conditions.
  • Recognize and address the importance of therapeutic play in facilitating children's mastery of and coping with healthcare experiences.
  • Appropriately observe and assess patient and family learning style, diagnostic understanding and needs.
  • Prepare children and families for medical procedures.
  • Facilitate supervised medical play opportunities for patients and their siblings to support coping skills.
  • Assist patients with chronic illnesses and their families in coping with diagnosis, treatment, hospitalization and loss.
  • Treat children, parents and team members with dignity and respect.
  • Establish relationships with team members and families that reflect the key elements of family-centered care.
  • Function as an effective team member working with administration team members and volunteers to ensure that appropriate parties are kept informed and those individual and collaborative assignments/responsibilities are met.
  • Maintain records.
  • Meet training requirements on an annual basis.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Position Compensation Range: $21.95 - $34.02 Hourly

  • Education: Bachelor's degree in child life or child development-related field required. Master's degree preferred. Completion of minimum of 480-hour child life internship required.
  • Experience: None required.
  • Licensure: Child life professional certification within one year of hire required. American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider BLS certification required.

Job requires standing for prolonged periods and frequently bending/stooping. Proficient communicative, auditory and visual skills. Attention to detail and ability to write legibly. Ability to lift/push/pull 20-50 lbs. May be exposed to noise, blood/body fluids and infectious disease.

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Medical Center (Charlottesville, VA)
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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