Job Title: Child Life Specialist 1-Float- Clinical Support Part Time
Department: Child Life Therapy
Job Number: 2022-2298
Date Posted: 06/27/2022
Position Type: Clinical Support Staff
Are you a friendly, outgoing, well-rounded, professional interested in a child life specialist position on an innovative, dynamic, and supportive team? If this describes you, you may be the right candidate for the Child Life Specialist 1-Float- Clinical Support Part Time at Rush University Medical Center!
TChild Life Specialist 1-Float- Clinical Support Part Time is responsible for the coordination, planning, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive therapeutic and educational programs for infants, children, adolescents and their families. The primary purpose of the program is to provide optimal developmentally and psychosocially appropriate care and interventions designed to circumvent the negative psychological impact of hospitalization and illness. The Child Life programs are goal oriented and include providing age-appropriate education about child¡¦s illness and hospitalization, procedural preparation and support, non-pharmacological pain management interventions, infant stimulation, promoting socialization, providing sensory stimulation, developing coping skills, enhancing body image and awareness, increasing self-esteem, facilitating positive adjustment, fostering self-expression, and maintaining autonomy. Exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.
Protected time for resource and professional development
Benefits to cover continuing education fees, tuition reimbursement options, and professional certifications and memberships
Participation in departmental and hospital-wide committees and initiatives
Opportunity to attend national child life conference
Free membership to the Chicagoland Association of Child Life Professionals
1. Assesses all infants, children, and adolescents within 48 hours of admission to a pediatric unit or receipt of a referral for patients up to 17 years old on adult units.
2. Observes, records, and reports relevant information relating to the patient as it pertains to Child Life, and works in collaboration with the family and health care team regarding the care of the patient.
3. Determines developmental, emotional, medical and familial status of patient and develops treatment goals that address emotional and developmental needs.
4. Plans, implements, and evaluates a comprehensive therapeutic intervention program for children and families. Documents in clinical record. Incorporates the Rush values of care in the delivery of patient care.
5. Prepares children, youth, and families for medical and surgical procedures, both cognitively and emotionally, through play, demonstration and/or dialogue.
6. Provides emotional support during procedures by accompanying children to the Operating Room or treatment area and remaining present during procedures to provide coaching and support.
7. Provides infant stimulation, play, and other activities that foster continued growth and development.
8. Designs and creates teaching tools that are developmentally and situationally appropriate for individual patient needs.
9. Coordinates and conducts formal and informal support programs for patients and families, including education programs.
10. Counsels individual patients and families to help them cope with the negative effects of illness and hospitalization, including bereavement.
11. Attends patient care conferences. Participates with multidisciplinary health care team in the development and implementation of specific patient management plans.
12. Advocates for the psychosocial needs of pediatric patients throughout the medical center.
13. Serves as liaison between hospital and participating schools/programs.
14. Provides orientation and ongoing Coordinates special events and programs with outside agencies as well as Community Affairs, Philanthropy and other medical center departments.
15. Identifies environmental safety hazards for children and develops corresponding preventive/protective measures. Participates in Child Life QI activities and completes departmental reports as assigned.
16. Selects, purchases, and maintains an inventory of therapeutic, educational and recreational books, toys, games, videos, electronic equipment, and other supplies as indicated. Keeps expenses within limits established by annual operating budget.
17. Accepts responsibility for development and professional practice. Participates in activities which further develop professional growth such as in-service attendance, professional organization membership, and continuing education programs.
18. Maintains professional certification
19. Other relevant duties as required.
Required Job Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in child Life, Child Development, Education, Therapeutic Recreation, or Psychology.
Current professional Child Life certification or eligible to sit for the exam at time of hire; must pass exam within six months of hire.
Able to maintain confidentiality patient privacy.
Ranked among the top academic medical centers in the country, Rush University Medical Center is an outstanding place to enhance your career. Everything we do centers on one goal: improving patient care.
The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has awarded Rush full accreditation for three years. Rush is one of the first academic medical centers in Illinois to receive this accreditation.
As an academic medical center, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, is committed to advancing medical knowledge through research. Investigators at Rush are involved in more than 1,600 projects, including hundreds of clinical studies to test the effectiveness and safety of new therapies and medical devices, as well as to expand scientific and medical knowledge.
RUMC offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits & the professional advantages of an environment that supports your development & recognizes your achievements.
Rush University is home to one of the first medical colleges in the Midwest and one of the nation's top-ranked nursing colleges, as well as graduate programs in allied health, health systems management and biomedical research.
Able to lift and carry 25 lbs.
Disclaimer: The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.
Rush University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer that welcomes and encourages all applicants to apply regardless of age, race, sex, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital or parental status, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy or other reason prohibited by law.