Boston Medical Center Child Life Specialist-Pediatric ED-Menino Building-36 Hours Day Evening in Boston, Massachusetts

Child Life Specialist-Pediatric ED-Menino Building-36 Hours Day Evening

Job ID 5100050 Date posted 07/12/2017

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Boston Medical Center (BMC) is more than a hospital. It´s a network of support and care that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. Emphasizing community-based care, BMC is committed to providing consistently excellent and accessible health services to all—and is the largest safety-net hospital in New England. The hospital is also the primary teaching affiliate of the nationally ranked Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and a founding partner of Boston HealthNet – an integrated health care delivery systems that includes many community health centers. BMC provides a full range of pediatric and adult care services, from primary to family medicine to advanced specialty care.

BMC is also committed to our employees, who are a very important piece to who we are. We pride ourselves in providing equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. BMC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Child Life Specialist Pediatric Emergency Department 36 Hours

Day/Evening hours (9 hour shifts)

This position will primarily be for full time (36 hours) clinical coverage within the Pediatric Emergency Department, however may extend to other areas of the hospital where child life support is needed.

The Child Life Specialist ensures that comprehensive services are provided to minimize the negative impact of trauma, illness and hospitalization by addressing the emotional, cognitive, and developmental needs of patients and families throughout the healthcare experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate degree in child life or closely related field with 1-2 years of experience in child life setting is required. Masters preferred.

  • Completion of a 480 hour child life internship under the direct supervision of a certified child life specialist required.

  • Certification as a child life specialist is preferred

Duties and Responsibilities: (these are a general summary and not all inclusive)

  • Assists patients and families in coping with illness and hospitalization.

  • Provides developmentally appropriate preparation and education to patients and families regarding their healthcare experiences.

  • Documents and maintains updated patient information pertaining to services provided.

  • Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team in an effort to support a family centered care approach to services.

  • Provides individualized therapeutic interventions to assist with support of emotional, cognitive, and developmental needs.

  • Normalizes environment to reduce impact of healthcare experiences on development and coping.

  • Provides legacy and bereavement support for patients and families encountering grief as needed.

  • Provides program development for the assigned clinical area

  • Maintains an appropriate, safe and supportive environment for children and families in the patient care setting.

  • Participates in meetings included but not limited to; patient care rounding, unit meetings and child life staff meeting.

  • Works alongside manager and child life staff pertaining to donations, budget for resources and supply needs.

  • Participates in volunteer training, support and supervision.

  • Adheres to infection control policy set forth by institution.

  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. ​