This job plans and implements appropriate therapeutic programs in order to minimize stress and anxiety in patients and families
All team members are expected to be knowledgeable and compliant with Palmetto Health's values of compassion, dignity, excellence, integrity, and teamwork.
Provide opportunities for and facilitate a variety of play and activity forms which encourage self-expression, understanding, and mastery.
Based on an assessment of the child's development, temperament, coping style, medical plan, and social support develop appropriate methods for preparing children and families for treatments and procedures.
Provide emotional support during identified stress points and utilize diversion, imagery, and parental support to reduce stress and facilitate adaptive coping.
Provide parent education on child development, support family bonds, and utilize family strengths in the care of a child.
Communicate information to members of the health care team concerning observations and assessment of the child's and the family's psychosocial needs.
Interpret the child's perception of hospitalization through medical play in order to promote the optimal response to medical treatment and care.
Positively impact public perception of Children's Hospital through community groups and local media opportunities.
Develop and implement psychosocial programs to benefit patients and families of Children's Hospital and the community.
Provide information and educational resources regarding Child Life to students, staff, and the community.
Education: Bachelor's degree in Child Life, Child Development or related field required. Work experience may NOT substitute for education requirement.
Experience: 1-2 years of experience with children in a hospital or institutional setting required
Number and Type of Team Members Supervised: Child Life Assistants, volunteers, interns, Foster Grandparents
Licensure, Registry, or Certification: Child Life certification preferred. Child Life internship or experience as a Child Life Assistant required. Current BLS (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers) required prior to start date directly through the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or the military. (To register: Blended Learning or In Person BLS through the American Red Cross; or Classroom or Skills Session BLS through the American Heart Association. Certification must include an in-person skills session.
Special Training: Must possess adequate experience with all types of children, especially those found in a healthcare setting; must possess a basic knowledge and understanding of pediatric disease entities and their implications.