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Child Life Specialist – Child Life- Orlando - Per Diem

Other Clinical Professional
Florida Hospital
Child Life Specialist – Child Life - Orlando - Per Diem
Florida Hospital Orlando seeks to hire a Child Life Specialist who will embrace our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ.

Facility Profile:
Since opening our doors in 1908, Florida Hospital has offered one of the most comprehensive children’s health programs in Central Florida. Today, we continue this legacy of pediatric excellence at the Magnet® recognized Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children .

Our campus is home to 30 pediatric sub-specialties led by a team of 400+ nurses and physicians. We provide specialized care in various state-of-the-art settings, including an 81-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with private family-centered rooms, an Advanced Center for Pediatric Surgery handling nearly 4,000 cases each year, and one of the few pediatric oncology programs in the area. We’re also Central Florida’s only pediatric provider for bone marrow transplant, kidney transplant, Gamma Knife services, trilogy radiation and Level III epilepsy care. But perhaps most exciting of all, is that this is the first—and only—hospital to bear the Disney® name.

Department Profile:
The Child Life Program at Florida Hospital for Children works with the psychosocial, developmental and emotional needs of children & their families during the hospital experience. Our Child Life team consists of 20 Certified Child Life Specialists. Each of our specialists is Bachelors or Masters prepared and has completed an internship and national board certification exam. All of our Child Life Specialists are specially trained and knowledgeable in the application of theories of child development, family systems and promote effective coping through play, preparation, education and self-expression activities. We strive to create an environment that reminds children that they are still children and they can have fun….. even in the hospital!

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Job Summary:
The Child Life Specialist is a professional in pediatric healthcare who works with children and families to help minimize stress/anxiety and maximize positive coping throughout the hospital stay. The Child Life Specialist focuses on the psychosocial development of children, provides emotional support and developmentally appropriate information to increase their understanding and coping with medical procedures, diagnosis, pain management and bereavement. The Specialist also addresses the needs of siblings or other children affected by a child’s illness/diagnosis. Utilizes play and self-expressive activities as primary resources to minimize the stress and anxiety patients and families can encounter in a hospital environment. Actively participates in outstanding customer service and accepts responsibility in maintaining relationships that are equally respectful to all.

Knowledge, Skills, Education, & Experience Required:
  • Entry-level professional competency in child life related skills
  • Ability to learn and advance clinical skills
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to change
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks and prioritize responsibilities
  • Ability to communicate with others in a clear and professional manner on the phone, in person and in writing
  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Life, Education, Recreation Therapy, Child Development, Psychology or related field
  • Completion of Child Life internship under a certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS)

Licensure, Certification, or Registration Required:
  • Professional child life certification through the Child Life Professional Certification Examination (Preferred)

  • Job Responsibilities:
    Demonstrates through behavior Florida Hospital’s Core Values of Integrity, Compassion, Balance, Excellence, Stewardship and Teamwork as outlined in the organization’s Performance Excellence Program
    • Provides developmentally appropriate education for patients and their families as indicated by presenting appropriate information related to medical procedures, diagnosis, parent education, bereavement, etc.
    • Provides emotional support to assist with patient/family coping; to minimize stress relative to their healthcare experience. Utilizes stress reduction techniques to facilitate positive coping during procedures and throughout the healthcare experience.
    • Utilizes play as a primary resource with patients/siblings to enhance coping, promote opportunities for mastery/control and socialization.
    • Assesses patient/siblings’ developmental levels, coping skills and diversional needs while establishing therapeutic relationships.
    • Assists with coordination, involvement and support with hospital-related community and special events.
    • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with child life peers and members of the healthcare team while supporting department changes as a result of performance initiatives.
    • Supports education and skills of interdisciplinary team to advocate/enhance atraumatic care and comfort techniques throughout FHFC/FH and serves as a resource for staff.
    • Provides training and supervision for volunteers and maintains positive working relationships with volunteers.
    • Provides accurate and timely documentation.
    • Maintains an organized and clean work environment; including playroom, work space and storage.

    If you want to be a part of a team that is dedicated to delivering the highest quality in patient care, we invite you to explore the Child Life Specialist opportunity with Orlando and apply online today.

    Job Keywords:
    Child Life Specialist, CLS, Orlando

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