Child Life Specialist

  • Location: New Brunswick, NJ
  • Posted: Oct 25, 2019

Job Description

Childrens Specialized Hospital is the nations leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health.

Children's Specialized Hospital is now in its third century of caring for those in need. Our Boards of Trustees, physicians, therapists, nurses, staff, volunteers, and donors remain dedicated to the very ideals of the Hospital's founders and committed to providing the best care possible so that every child who seeks our help reaches their fullest potential.

At 16 different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and children can achieve more of their goals.

Job Summary

Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates child life services to meet the therapeutic, educational and|or diversional needs of the patient, facilitating adjustment to illness|disability|hospitalization|painful procedures.

Essential Job Functions
Evenings and weekends required.
Completes all documentation on time according to hospital and department policies.
Develops, coordinates and implements appropriate programming for a variety of age and diagnostic groups, matching developmental level, interests and emotional state.
Assesses, plans and implements individual treatment plans related to illness|disability, social-emotional development, play preference|style, coping skills and family dynamics according to standards of practice.
Conducts individual sessions, team treats, procedural support and patient family teaching in a developmentally and culturally appropriate manner. Actively supports principles of pain management.
Evaluates Child Life services and makes recommendations to improve patient and program outcomes.
Treatment plan reflects collaboration and communication with patient, family and team. Discharge planning involves school re-integration services when appropriate.
Coordinates special events on a rotating basis throughout the year.
Assist with personal, department and hospital growth and development through involvement in research, professional organizations and presentations to promote best practice and maintain certification
Supervises and|or assists with student interns as designated.
Effectively utilizes and supervises volunteers and visiting groups.


Formal Education and Job-Related Experience

* Child Life Certification or eligible. If not certified at hire, expectation to take and pass certification examination within one year of hire.

AHA BLS Provider Certification required

* Drivers License

Education and Experience - Additional Comments
* Bachelors degree in Child Life, Early Childhood Education or related field. Completion of Child Life internship. Work or volunteer experience with children with special needs.

Job Specific Contacts
* Direct contact with patients, families, other therapists, nursing staff, physicians and volunteers, community groups and universities.

Physical Demands
* Diversional playrooms, nursing unit, community locations, therapy areas, and classroom. Physical stamina to lift, maneuver patients and equipment. Therapeutic handling of patients. Cognitive ability to evaluate patients and complete documentation. Ability to drive hospital vehicles..

Working Environment - Additional Comments
* Ability to plan activities and adapt to the environment to suit a variety of diagnoses . Tact, enthusiasm, initiative and professional judgment in performance of duties. Ability to manage time efficiently and effectively. Good communication skills.

Job Provides Direction To
* May provide direction to students and volunteers.

Schedule Information

Schedule: 80

Children's Specialized Hospital

150 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092

Phone: (908) 301-5543

Fax: (908) 301-5543