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Child Life Specialist

Company: RWJ Barnabas
Location: Newark
Posted on: August 6, 2022

Job Description:

First established in 1901, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is a 665-bed quaternary care, teaching hospital that provides comprehensive health care for the region. Staffed with more than 800 physicians, 3200 employees, and 150 volunteers, our hospital is ready to provide you and your family with the quality care you need.

At Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, we are committed to quality and excellence in patient care. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and to provide you with an environment that is conducive to healing and promotes patient safety. The Newark Beth Israel Medical Center management and staff abide by the philosophy that all patients are to be treated with respect, dignity, and sensitivity.

We are currently looking to hire a Child Life Specialist to join our team!

The Child Life Specialist provides optimal developmental and psychologically appropriate care for pediatric patients and families. Assess children and provides developmentally appropriate therapeutic interventions such as play, medical play, psychological preparation etc.

Summary of Job Function:

* Collaborates as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team to develop and administer an individualized plan of care.
* Plans, organizes and implements all Child Life programs for infants not neonates, pediatric and adolescent patients who are hospitalized and/or seen in the outpatient setting with acute and chronic medical and surgical conditions.
* Performs Child Life oriented screening/assessment tools and provides preparation/therapeutic interventions, meeting the developmental, emotional, social and educational needs of all pediatric patients.
* Designs and carries out care plans, provide patient and family education, medical play and child specific educational in services to hospital staff and on an ongoing basis, documents patient status.
* Responsible for supervision of volunteers and students.
* Works with infants, neonates, pediatrics, adolescent patients and their family members.
* Is responsible for reporting identified safety issues such as hazardous environments (i.e. damaged floors/walls/ceiling tiles/unsecured areas) and medical errors, etc.

Job Qualifications:

* Bachelors or Master s Degree with area of concentration: Child Life, Child Development Education, Creative Arts Therapies, etc.
* Completed 600 hour Child Life Internship and child life certification exam eligible
* Experience in Health Care setting. Prefer one-year experience in a Child Life Program setting.
* Coursework in Child Life, Human Development, Family Dynamics, Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, Therapeutic Recreation, and/or Expressive Therapies preferred.
* Child life Certification preferred or required within one year of hire

RWJBarnabas Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keywords: RWJ Barnabas, Newark , Child Life Specialist, Other , Newark, New Jersey

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