Under thesupervision of the Child Life Services Supervisor makes decisionsrelated to the plans of care for women / children.
Makes day to day decisions regarding assessment andinterventions that impact patients and families and collaboratingstaff / colleagues.
Makes recommendations to thesupervisor regarding decisions that have a unit / serviceimpact.
Essential Function 1 - 40%
Assesses, meaningfully interacts with, and provides asafe, therapeutic and healing environment for children andfamilies :
Implements Child Lifeservices using evidence-based practice.
Usesdevelopmentally appropriate play as a primary tool in assessing andmeeting psychosocial needs.
Utilizestherapeutic play and other creative modalities to meet individualdevelopment and emotional needs.
Therapeutic play refers to specialized activities thatare developmentally supportive and facilitate the emotionalwell-being of a pediatric patient.
Therapeutic play typicallyconsists of at least one of the following types of activities : 1)the encouragement of emotional expression (e.
g. reenactment ofexperiences through healthcare play), 2) instructional play toeducate children about medical experiences, and 3) physiologicallyenhancing play (e.
g. blowing bubbles to improvebreathing).
Paces interactions in response toa child’s and family’s lead.
Applies formal and informal assessment techniques toassess psychosocial needs, and continue cyclical process ofassessment, plan, intervention, and evaluation.
Supports the central role of the family, valuingstrengths and needs; works to maintain family units.
Provides support to siblings, parents, and other friendsand family members in order to improve understanding of thepatient’s situation and familiarization with the healthcare environment.
Demonstrates respect fordiversity.
Establishes and maintainstherapeutic relationships.
Creates anenvironment where play is valued.
Plans andimplements varied developmentally supportive activities.
Utilizes effective communication skills in the process ofsupporting children and families.
Providesinput about facility design and provisions to promote orientation,comfort, healing, security, and
Participates in interdisciplinary care conferences,psychosocial rounds, and nursing report.
Maintains good interpersonal relations with patients,families, visitors, and other employees, following
departmental and hospital-wide philosophy.
Communicates concisely with others, integrating theoryand evidence-based practice to obtain and share pertinentinformation.
Prepares and maintains a safe,inviting, and developmentally responsive play environmentappropriate for patients and families.
Ensuresthat the department’s resources, playrooms, and activityareas are maintained appropriately and cleaned per hospitalguidelines, adhering to MOPH standards.
Ensures that infection control procedures are adhered toat all times and provides assistance to the Department in thisregard.
This would include wiping down table surfaces, toy washing,and acting as liaison with Housekeeping and Infection Controlstaff.
Essential Function 2 -40%
Provides teaching forand assists with potentially stressful patient and family healthcare events :
Utilizes knowledgeof child development (neonate to adolescent) and family-centeredcare to design and implement child life interventions including ageappropriate preparation and education and proceduralsupport.
Assesses patient and family knowledgelevel, misconceptions, previous experience, and unique social,cultural and learning needs.
Assesses patientand family responses to stress.
Plans andimplements teaching and support accordingly.
Provides psychological preparation, incorporating keyelements of developmentally appropriate information, encouragementof emotional expression, and the formation of a trustingrelationship.
Uses accurate anddevelopmentally appropriate teaching aids andtechniques.
Recognizes verbal and non-verbalcues and adapts accordingly.
Uses minimallythreatening, developmentally supportive language.
Describes sensory information, sequence, timing andduration of events.
Facilitates planning,rehearsal, and implementation of coping strategies.
Facilitates opportunities for play to decrease distressand increase effective coping.
Utilizesappropriate psychological pain management strategies, and advocatesfor additional intervention as needed.
Considers the unique needs of the child and family, suchas coping style, previous experience, developmental level, culture,spirituality, family situation, and emotional state.
Essential Function 3 20%
Represent,Communicate, And Teach Child Life Services Appropriately To OtherProfessionals, Volunteers, Students, And The Community;
WorkCollaboratively With All Parties As Needed To Achieve OptimalOutcomes
Demonstrates respectfor the viewpoints of others.
CoordinatesChild Life services with others.
Integratesinterdisciplinary goals into Child Life services.
Creates concise, objective and accurate clinical notes,documenting information pertinent to the plan of care.
Documents all relevant patient information in alignmentwith documentation guidelines appropriately and in a timelymanner.
Recommends consults or referrals whencircumstances are beyond the scope of Child Lifepractice.
Demonstrates effective advocacy forChild Life practice and psychosocial issues.
Maintains professional presentation of self, includingcareful attention to verbal and written communication, as well asstandards in dress code.
Providescomprehensive orientation to services.
Communicates expectations and roles clearly andconcisely.
Assesses and responds to diverselearning needs.
Provides a safe learning andworking environment.
Provides education tostudents by participating in and presenting during an internshipmodule and learning opportunities.
Preparesexpectations, goals, and plans for student rotation on assignedunit in coordination with the Internship Coordinator / Leadership,and guides students through learning experiences asassigned.
Provides orientation to department,assigned patient care areas, and hospital in general to observers,students, volunteers, and Child Life Assistants.
While directly supervising a student rotation, providesdaily assignments, evaluates their work, and provides resourcesnecessary.
Models professionalism at alltimes.
Communicates assessments, projects, andwork completed to Child Life Supervisor and Manager on an ongoingbasis.
Attends and participates in assignedmeetings.
Participates in priority initiativesand education.
Participates in scholarlyactivities (publications, research, quality improvement,presentations, etc.) to advance the Child Life profession and bestpractices.
Assists in facilitation ofdepartment-wide professional development activities including : journal clubs, clinical supervision groups, and educationalsessions.
Adheres toSidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conductand Conflict of Interest policies
Adheres toand promotes Sidra’s Values