Child Life Specialist

Job Number 68882
Posted 1/15/2020
Account Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
Department Pediatric Oncology
Location |ME| EMMC Lafayette, ME 04412
Schedule Regular Full-time
Shift Day/Evening
Hours 40 hours: 0800-1700
Job Details JOB SUMMARY/DUTIES TO INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO: Provides basic age appropriate situation-based assessments to foster positive coping with outpatient care activities through implementation of person and family centric intervention plans. Provides developmentally appropriate procedural education. Provides active preparation and support for interventional activities such as venipunctures / central access device access / initiation of IV therapy / bone marrow procedures / blood factor administration. Provides age appropriate educational materials to promote understanding of disease/treatment on part of patient/parent/siblings/extended family members. Works actively as a member of patient/family professional support team in a family centric manner. Works with hospital-based Child Life Specialists to assure positive continuity of care - may involve occasional visits during inpatient stays. Participates in daily patient care huddles, weekly team/care meetings, child/family care meetings, school visits, home visits, Bleeding Disorder Clinic, Survivorship Clinic and Camp Hope. Serves as a liaison with NLH Foundation in advancing support for patient/family activities/material needs. Occasional evening and weekend program-based activities may require flexing of scheduled hours.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED: Bachelor's Degree in Child Life, Education or Child Development and additional coursework as specified by the Association of Child Life Specialists; in addition 600 clinical hours supervised by a Child Life Specialist.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE PREFERRED: 6 - 9 months in medical setting. Prior experience working with Microsoft Office Word, Excel preferred.

CREDENTIAL REQUIRED: Child Life Specialist Certification within one year of hire; age appropriate CPR certified or within 6 months of hire.

OTHER SKILLS REQUIRED: Ability to read, write and speak English. Ability to communicate in a warm hospitable effective manner in person and by phone. Flexibility. Ability to work with a variety of people across a variety of professions in a variety of settings. Ability to learn basic computer skills. Ability to identify own learning needs. Ability to work independently. Ability to recognize need for assistance and seek it in a timely manner. Ability to prioritize work responsibilities and work efficiently in the face of a variety of every changing requests and demands on time. Ability to care for self and build supportive relationships with co-workers.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Busy outpatient care environments (occasional acute care). Office. Travel required to variety of care areas, both inpatient (EMMC) & outpatient (LFCC), within EMMC / LFCC as well as other departments supporting Child Life Specialist activity. Individual and family homes for home visits. School setting for school visits. Community for participation in educational offerings.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Sitting. Standing. Walking. Carrying light objects (10-15 pounds). Hearing (normal volume speech, in person and on phone). Visual acuity permitting work with: VDT, from analysis, review of handwritten material, visual cues critical to understanding client/family/staff/physician/co-worker communication. Capacity to concentrate in a busy and often stressful environment. Occasional transport of individuals by wheel chair.

Equal Opportunity Employment
We are an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, protected veteran status, national origin, genetic information or any other legally protected status.

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