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Regional Child Life CoordinatorLocation: Clackamas, OR Additional Locations:
Job Number: 830111 Date posted: 10/07/2019
The Regional Child Life Program Coordinator plans and implements the child life program for pediatric patients on an individual and group basis which promotes normal emotional development and reduces psychological stress and trauma related to medical care and illness. Educates staff in child development and child/family adjustment to hospital stay and/or care, treatment, or interventions. Communicates regularly with patients, families, and medical staff. Supports the mission statement of the KPNW to provide the highest possible quality of health care in an interdisciplinary environment to our pediatric members and families.
- Administrative: Participate in selected KPNW Committees or work groups to represent the needs of hospitalized children and the Child Life Program. Plans for, attends, and follows-up on various weekly and monthly meetings. Recommend and facilitate resources for staff on a regular basis for all KPNW Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Kaiser Westside Medical Center.
- Clinical: Promote and model clinical expertise and growth for Child Life staff through direct teaching and mentoring, schedule adjustments and resources for education opportunities. Oversees services to pediatric patients (infant to 18 years). Accepts and disseminates referrals to department. Monitors ongoing care of pediatric members provided by staff. Liaises with all Ambulatory Surgery Center Managers and Kaiser Westside Medical Center Managers of Surgical Services about the Child Life Program. Educates families regarding children's response to healthcare environment. Acts as a resource and provides anticipatory guidance to families in the areas of child development, play, and parenting. Facilitates planning, rehearsing, and implementing coping strategies with children and families. Accompanies children and families during procedures and/or stressors to facilitate adaptive coping. Provides psychological preparations to children and families undergoing procedures and surgery. Utilizes developmentally appropriate play and activities to foster normative development and optimal psychosocial outcomes. Establishes and maintains safe, therapeutic and inviting play environments. Facilitates developmentally appropriate play as a primary tool to meet psychosocial needs. Effectively utilizes information from the child and family and observations of development, coping styles, play and affect as a basis for initial assessment and to formulate a plan of care. Implements assessment-based interventions, evaluates outcomes and uses ongoing assessment to guide and plan of care. Establishes and maintains therapeutic relationships with children and families.
- Documentation: Documents professional assessment in a timely manner. Concisely and accurately documents interventions provided and children's response to interventions. Receive physician consult providing Child Life Services and consultation.
- Family Centered Care: Orients families to services available. Supports the central role of the family, valuing strengths and needs in implementing child life services. Identifies and provides services to meet the developmental and emotional needs of siblings. Acts as an advocate for families in the healthcare setting.
- Financial/Fiscal: Handles donations which are earmarked specifically to the Child Life Program. Responsible for sending out donation receipts and other appropriate correspondence.
- Education/Trainings: Provides, as Clinical Instructor, seminars/ in-services to multidisciplinary staff and medical staff on child development, growth and development issues psychosocial aspects of illness, and hospitalization and communication techniques. Collaborates with in-service education staff to identify, plan, facilitate implementation and evaluate orientation and staff development programs. Acts as a role model regarding age specific and developmentally appropriate care within multidisciplinary teams.
- Minimum five (5) years of working with children in an educational environment or related experience.
- Bachelor's degree in child development, child life, early childhood education, or a closely related field.
License, Certification, Registration
- Child Life Specialist Certification through Child Life Council required upon hire/transfer.
- Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers required upon hire/transfer.
- Knowledge of hospital and departmental procedures and operations.
- Ability to adapt care and treatment to reflect age specific needs, cultural values, personal needs, psychosocial needs, and religious beliefs of the patients.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in adaptability, planning, organization, creativity/innovation, interpersonal relations, oral communication, problem solving, written communication.
- Child Life Specialist experience.
External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.
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