As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.
To organize, prepare and assist in the delivery of patient care services for the Child Life Department. Assumes primary responsibility to prepare and maintain therapeutic treatment and patient care areas within safety and infection control guidelines. Carries out developmental and therapeutic play and activity programming in coordination with the Child Life Specialists and the health care team.
Schedule: 1 weekend day per week and 1 weekday evening.
Direct Patient Care Responsibilities Demonstrates proficiency in the care of all ages; pediatrics, adolescents, and adults.
Maintains patient confidentiality related to conversation, medical record, treatment plans, etc.
Follows basic medical precautions for each patient (for eating, drinking, mobility) and refers appropriately to health care team/nursing unit.
Assists patients where designated support is needed (such as transfers, ambulation practice, etc.)
Uses machines and tools in a responsible manner adhering to safety practices as outlined by the manufacturer and OSHA Standards.
Implements Child Life programming that is consistent with patient needs, goals of the health care team, and standards of professional Child Life practice through a variety of therapeutic and developmental play activities to promote self healing, self expression, understanding and mastery.
Provides basic psychosocial support to patients and families addressing issues related to hospitalization and continuity in the child’s normal life experience; directs to professional staff as appropriate.
Responsible for monitoring the Child Life play spaces to provide for safety and cleanliness appropriate to patient population, hospital policy and procedures and regulatory standards.
Contributes to maintaining a patient “safe zone” that is appealing to patients and families.
Communicates pertinent information on patient developmental and psychosocial issues to the health care team.
Provides orientation, supervision, and guidance to volunteers serving in assigned Child Life program area.
Provides supervision and assistance as needed to community programming events in the Child Life spaces.
Indirect Patient Care Responsibilities Maintains equipment and supplies in a cost-efficient manner and identifies needed materials.
Attends and participates in Child Life program meetings. CQI: participates in program, discipline, specialty, and hospital-wide CQI projects.
Participates in activities to increase program use, awareness, and marketability.
Contributes to program committees to enhance patient care.
May participate in single discipline, multi-disciplinary, and specialty teams.
Completes mandatory inservice training yearly which may include, but is not limited to, safety, infection control, HIPAA, corporate compliance training, CPR, and program specific respiratory training.
Completes departmental checks as assigned (i.e. Environment of Care rounds, refrigerator temperature checks, etc.)
Experience/training in a childhood setting or private employment caring for children
High School Diploma
Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.