The Child Life Specialist (CLS) in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Prevea Clinic is responsible for providing activities, procedural preparation and emotional support designed to help patients and their families cope with the stress of a hospital experience. With an understanding of child growth and development and the impact that medical experience can have on this process, the CLS is a resource for other professionals. As an integral part of the health care team, the CLS is an advocate for the needs of children and families.
Facilitates improvements and on-going maintenance of pediatric play spaces and waiting rooms to promote child and family --friendly environments.
Provide care plans for individuals for groups based on assessment of the child's development, temperament, coping style, culture, spirituality, potential stressors, family needs and social supports.
Provide psychological preparation, support and distraction for potentially stressful experiences.
Provide consultation regarding the unique needs of children and families to promote healthy coping with potentially stressful events and circumstances.
Give follow-up care for children and families, where necessary and appropriate.
Coordinate and facilitate school re-entry for children who have a chronic illness. With the family's permission, we will provide educational resources to students and school faculty about the children who will be coming back to their classes.
Is knowledgeable of and adheres to the competencies of the CLS as specified by the Child Life Council including.
The ability to assess and interact with patients and families using theories of human growth and development, family systems and cultural background.
The ability to provide a therapeutic and safe environment for individuals and groups, ages 0-21.
The ability to function as a member of and integrate the Child Life program into the health care team.
The ability to assist patients in coping with the stress of hospitalization, illness, death and/or loss.
The ability to participate in patient/family teaching.
Represents and communicates Child Life and psychosocial issues of pediatric health care to others.
The ability to supervise Child Life interns, students and volunteers.
Provide support and safe outlets for patients and families to communicate their anxieties about medical experiences.
Use non-pharmacological techniques for pain management
Coordinate patients and families with the Bravery Bead program and keep each participant current on their earned beads.
Use medical play and developmentally appropriate language and teaching tools to ensure adequate preparation for medical interventions and encourage understanding the mastery of diagnosis, medical care and experiences.
Provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate play and activities for the purpose of distraction, as an outlet for feelings and to ease fear and anxiety as well as helping to normalize the environment.
Record census and intervention data in data base or appropriate binder.
Recognize special events, birthdays, holidays and milestones.
Coordinate special events and outings for clinic patients and family members (Celebrate Life, Christmas Party, Sibling Day)
Serve as a liaison and contact source to organizations and resources that offer patient benefits (scholarships, retreat camps)
At Prevea, we have a passion for excellence, take pride in all we do and respect the people who trust us with their care. With more than 400 providers, along with 2,000+ skilled employees, we continually strive to improve the way our services are delivered to every patient, every day. We're as dedicated to preventing illness as we are to treating it, providing people with the resources they need to become strong advocates for their health and to assist in making decisions about their care.