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Child Life Specialist

at NYU Langone Medical Center

Posted: 8/7/2019
Job Reference #: 43705

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NYU Langone Health is a world-class, patient-centered, integrated academic medical center, known for its excellence in clinical care, research, and education. It comprises more than 200 locations throughout the New York area, including five inpatient locations, a children's hospital, three emergency rooms and a level 1 trauma center. Also part of NYU Langone Health is the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute¿designated cancer center, and NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history. For more information, go to nyulangone.org, and interact with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Position Summary:
We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Child Life Specialist.

In this role, the successful candidate 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).

Job Responsibilities:

  • 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 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 child's 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 patient's and/or siblings' developmental needs and responses to illness/injury/hospitalization. Supports siblings through developmentally appropriate play, expression, education and visitation.
  • Provides, through direct and indirect involvement, a safe and therapeutic environment for individuals and groups. Selects a safe, developmentally appropriate supply of toys and equipment to address the needs and goals of the assigned area and population. Assists departmental staff members in the effective purchase, donation, delivery, and storage of materials utilized in programming. Collaborates with Environmental Services and others to promote a clean, safe, and functional space for use by children and families. Identifies environmental safety hazards and corresponding preventive/protective measures.
  • 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.
  • Builds and maintains positive, collaborative relationships with interdisciplinary team members, integrating goals and plans to promote optimal patient care, safety, family-centeredness, and patient/family satisfaction. Participates in team conferences, rounds, staff meetings, new staff member orientation, and in-service education as appropriate. Recommends consults/referrals when patient needs are beyond the scope of child life.
  • Participates in ongoing student and/or volunteer management, program development and evaluation to best meet patient/family and unit/service needs. Develops competencies in teaching, supervising, and providing feedback for students and volunteers as assigned.
  • Participates in ongoing professional development to enhance job performance and contribute to the accomplishment of child life services and to contribute to hospital mission and goals. Demonstrates the ability to evaluate own performance and integrate feedback into practice. Annually develops professional goals with measurable objectives. Prioritizes, plans and organizes work for timely outcomes. Identifies and documents activities to maintain current knowledge, clinical practice, and professional certification.
  • Upholds professional code of ethical responsibility (CLC, 2011) including the establishment of therapeutic relationships with patients and families that are clear, caring, and boundaries.
  • Documents services provided to patients/families appropriately, effectively, and in a timely manner. Maintains data collection and dissemination as required by Hospital and departmental policy.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
To qualify you must have a Bachelor's 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

Preferred Qualifications:
Master's 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 Health 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.

NYU Langone Health is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender dysphoria, national origin, age, religion, disability, military and veteran status, marital or parental status, citizenship status, genetic information or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision. We require applications to be completed online.
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