The Child Life Specialist (Full-Time) provides direct assessment and clinical interventions to patients and families in alignment with all Child Life Competencies set forth by the Association of Child Life Professionals and are credentialed by the CLCC (Child Life Certification Commission). Child Life Specialists support the delivery of safe, competent child life practice grounded in evidenced based practice. Child life Specialists ensure that interventions are equitable and comprehensive, supporting children and families during times of health, illness and trauma.
Schedule:Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Knowledge, Formal Education, and Training
Master's preferred but not required
Certified Child Life Specialist and/or Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist; Certification must be obtained within two (2) exam administration period
Must be certitifcation eligible
Demonstrate entry level through emerging expertise in ACLP clinical competency knowledge areas through observation and supervision
Demonstrate outstanding communication skills (verbal and written) and effectively navigate fast paced, demanding environments while maintaining high level of customer service.
Hold strong competence in child life philosophy, ensuring alignment with departmental mission and vision.
Serve as an interdisciplinary expert in the psychosocial care and development of children of all ages while individualizing care for each patient.
Collaborate and serve as a department liaison with other departments or groups when applicable (Volunteer Department, Security, Creative Arts, identified community partners).
Supports the department and clinical leadership team as staff development, continuous improvement, and program development is implemented.
Actively promote a department culture that values diversity, equity and inclusion and represent all ages and abilities.
Serve as a representative of the department on unit based committees, articulating the therapeutic and clinical nature of the work done by department staff. Representation on hospital projects with approval by department leadership.
Remain up to date and current with all departmental education and Nemours mandatory requirements.
Maintains a routine of personal and professional growth and development
May participate in the department's clinical advancement program
May hold responsibility for a department function or organizational task (i.e. student programs, EPIC Superuser, committee chair) with departmental approval
Demonstrates understanding and applies the Nemours Standards of Behavior
Accepts/gives feedback serving as a model for high performance
Builds and fosters professional relationships across functional groups
Displays expertise in normative development and champions the needs of the hospitalized child and family through a lens that accounts for personal bias
Schedules and prioritizes time effectively while supporting the operational needs of the department, which support the hospital's 24/7 culture
Develops personal operational systems to enhance workflow
Sets priorities; effectively presents solutions/suggestions and uses sound, evidenced based approaches
Nemours is committed to improving the health of children. As a non-profit children’s health organization, we consider the health of every child to be a sacred trust. Through family-centered care in our children’s hospitals and clinics in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as world-changing research, education and advocacy, Nemours fulfills the promise of a healthier tomorrow for all children — even those who may never enter our doors. Nemours began more than 70 years ago with the vision of Alfred I. duPont to improve the lives of children and to do whatever it takes to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions. Today, through our children’s hospitals and health system, we directly care for 250,000 children annually in Delaware Valley and Florida, including families who travel from across the country and world to see our specialists — treating every child as we would our own. We also reach beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics to be a voice for children on a national and international level, and to lead the way in prevention, intervention, education, and research. Nemours is growing to better serve the children and families in our ca...re. We have 1.1 million square feet of space currently devoted to providing children’s healthcare or under construction, all designed with significant input and advice from our patients and families.