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Certified Child Life Specialist - Geisinger Janet Weis Children's Hospital - Ortho Clinic

Company: Geisinger
Location: Ringtown
Posted on: August 6, 2022

Job Description:

Job Title: Certified Child Life Specialist - Geisinger Janet Weis Children s Hospital - Ortho Clinic(5,000 Hiring Bonus)
Location: Danville, Pennsylvania
Job Category: Wellbeing Services
Schedule: Days
Work Type: Full time
Department: Child Life Division
Date Posted: 07/26/2022
Job ID: R-35354
Job Summary As a member of the Child Life Team, plans, develops, and provides Child Life programming for a given clinical area to best meet the psychosocial, emotional, and developmental needs of pediatric patients and their families. Using age-appropriate play, CCLS considers the issues children face in health care settings and assesses patient needs for: normal growth and development, education, preparation, medical play, coping strategies or other issues to help them in their mastery of the environment. CCLS is responsible for providing child life interventions to a specific patient population within the policies and procedures of Geisinger. All meet the required qualifications, as outlined by the nationally known Association of Child Life Professionals to provide care for patients in the assigned pediatric clinical areas or other patient care areas, as needed. Required to maintain professional certification through continuing education opportunities.
Job Duties

  • Clinical Responsibilities Evaluates child's developmental stage, ability to understand and cope with the health care environment, temperament and emotional state.
  • Develops a strategic plan to reduce the fear and anxiety a child experiences with the health care environment.
  • Implements specialized services to best meet the individual child's needs including: medical play, preparation for procedures, operations or other medical events, teaching and implementing coping strategies, providing education about disease process and treatment to both the child and their family.
  • Identifies patient and family coping strategies in daily routine and applies these strategies to assist patients and their families in coping with the stress of hospitalization, illness, death, and loss.
  • Educates patient, family, and staff to other techniques to aid a child in coping and insures technique is age appropriate for the development, and emotional state of the child.
  • Assists in the implementation of such techniques, monitors its effectiveness and alters the plan as necessary.
  • Responsible for leading the child, staff and family through coping strategies during medical procedures.
  • Educates and prepares patients and their families for medical procedures, disease processes and mastery of the healthcare environment using appropriate and therapeutic play activities as treatment tools.
  • Interprets and communicates patient's perception of diagnosis and treatment as revealed through play and other means of communication, both verbal and nonverbal, to staff and family.
  • Integrates Child Life services by providing consultation to other health care workers regarding developmental and behavioral issues which impact on patient care.
  • Creates, implements and orients other health care staff to age appropriate behavior reward methods to promote a patient's adaptation to treatment and encourage patient cooperation.
  • Creates and distributes resources about child health and safety in general as needed.
  • Assures therapeutic and safe environments for individual and group play.
  • Selects, purchases and maintains the safety and cleanliness of toys, games, and other equipment used in the play areas to comply with departmental infection control policies and procedures.
  • Documents Child Life interventions in the patient's medical record in accordance with Geisinger policies and procedures.
  • Participates in record keeping of vital statistics for the Child Life Department demonstrating which Child Life services have been provided to patients.
  • Educates, and acts as resource for, health care professionals regarding the psychosocial issues of pediatric health care, and the impact of illness, injury, and hospitalization on patients and their families.
  • Develops and schedules in-services as needed for multidisciplinary team members and community groups.
  • Interviews, orients, coordinates, schedules and supervises Child Life volunteers in their daily work with patients in all patient care areas.Work is typically performed in a clinical environment. Accountable for satisfying all job specific obligations and complying with all organization policies and procedures. The specific statements in this profile are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job. Additional competencies and skills outlined in any department-specific orientation will be considered essential to the performance of the job related to that position.
    Position Details $5,000 Joining Incentive for Qualified Applicants
    • Has completed a Child Life Internship (minimum 600 hours) under the direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist - is required
    • Minimum of a bachelor s degree in Child Development, Education, or Psychology.
    • Required to be eligible for professional certification by the Association of Child Life Professionals.
    • Membership to The Association of Child Life Professional and Certification Annual maintenance fees provided by Department.
    • As a part of a teaching institution, this department provides and ACLP accredited internship and supervises practicum students. We re proud to offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
      • Comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance that starts day one of employment -Medical, prescription drug, vision and dental coverage
      • MyHealth Rewards wellness program to enhance personal health and reduce health plan premiums for qualified individuals
      • Family Support (Fertility and Adoption Support)
      • Tuition assistance (part time and full time roles only) Up to $5000 in tuition reimbursement per year
      • Generous paid time off packages that allows you to take the time you need to travel, rest, and care for and reconnect with friends and family.
      • Competitive 401k plan
      • Professional opportunities for growth and advancement
      • Support and mentorship from a full range of dedicated and experienced leaders
      • Paid parental leave and Military Leave
      • Community Involvement through our Employee Resources Groups
      • Employee referral incentive programJoin the Geisinger Family! Apply now! To learn more about this Geisinger opportunity, please contact Polly Zech ( )
        Education Bachelor's Degree-Child Development (Required)
        Experience Minimum of 1 year-Related work experience (Preferred)
        Certification(s) and License(s) Certified Child Life Specialist within 6 months - Association of Child Life Professional
        Our Purpose & Values OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation. SAFETY: We provide a safe environment for our patients and members and the Geisinger family We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners. Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality. We know that a diverse workforce with unique experiences and backgrounds makes our team stronger. Our patients, members and community come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and it takes a diverse workforce to make better health easier for all. We are proud to be an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

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