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Child Life Specialists work in healthcare facilities where they provide support to children undergoing hospitalization. The most common work activities of these professionals are offering children the chance to engage in playing and recreational activities, helping with pain management, accompanying children during medical procedures, and organizing pre-admission tours. Qualifications like childcare experience, empathy, patience, and the ability to cope with emotional situations are often mentioned on Child Life Specialist resumes. Child life degree programs are available for those who are interested in pursuing this profession. A Bachelor's Degree in the field is common experience in most sample resumes.

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Child Life Specialist

Primary Duties included planning and implementing therapeutic activities for groups/individuals

  • Carried a Patient Load of between 20 - 25 at any given time providing grief support, sibling training for ICU visits, assisting children with coping/preparing for medical procedures
  • Wrote & Won Grant for a New Playroom providing around $30,000 of interactive equipment for children
  • Oriented and supervised Volunteers which typically consisted of 10 On-Call Individuals recruited from local colleges & community groups
  • Coordinated & Helped Lead Department Events such as Special Holidays, The Children's Miracle Network Radio Fundraisers, Children's Health Care Week for Visiting Elementary Schools Across 4 Counties
  • April 2003 - November 2003, family relocation to Spartanburg.
Candidate Info
2
years in
workforce
2
years
at this job
BA
Psychology
2

Child Life Specialist

Ran a one-person program that oversaw the Pediatric Intensive Care, Pediatrics and the Hematology/Oncology Clinic.

  • Organized and conducted Interdisciplinary specific Grand Rounds.
  • Facilitated monthly Pediatric Psychosocial Interdisciplinary Rounds.
  • Helped community groups plan and schedule specific events for pediatric patients.
  • Wrote monthly Child Life activity reports to supervisor.
Candidate Info
4
years in
workforce
1
year
at this job
AS
Applied Science
BS
Family Ecology
MS
Child Life And Family Centered Care
3

Certified Child Life Specialist/donations Coordinator

Assisted patients admitted to hospital by providing education surrounding procedure and medical play, and secured resources for this outpatient care program within the hospital and community

  • Wrote and received $15,000 yearly grant to provide new and enhanced psychosocial services, including music and art therapy, as well as karate to enhance coping related to diagnosis
  • Created Child Life Practicum Program and established relationships with nearby universities accredited in Child Life
  • Supervised 8 Child Life Specialist practicum students hospital-wide and 9 volunteers
  • Coordinated Beads of Courage
  • Prepared and counseled families for what they might experience when visiting ICU patients in order to alleviate anxiety and lessen emotional upset for children and family
  • Presented clear explanations of palliative care and hospice services to patients and families
  • Provided education, guidance and support to families following the death of a patient
Candidate Info
8
years in
workforce
3
years
at this job
BS
Psychology-child Life
4

Child Life Specialist

Provided Child Life services for patients in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department including emotional support for parents and siblings during times of bereavement, support for siblings of patients in the ICU and education/support to patients in the ICU. Supervised and on-boarded new unit volunteers. Served as Child Life representative on the PICU Design Team planning committee. Selected for and contributed to Child Life interview team. Served as co-facilitator of Clinical Supervision.

  • Provided support to assist siblings of patients in the ICU and to allow appropriate emotional processing of the medical situation.
  • Provided preparation, education and support related to medical procedures for patients in the ICU as well as emotional support for trauma patients in the Emergency Department.
  • Supervised, assessed, and offered constructive feedback/evaluations for Child Life Interns to enhance effectiveness.
  • Participated in departmental and unit teams to share best practices and enhance workflow.
  • Collaborated effectively with interdisciplinary team members such as Social Work, Chaplaincy, Case Managers, Clinical Advisors and ICU managers.
Candidate Info
6
years in
workforce
2
years
at this job
BA
Psychology
5

Certified Child Life Specialist

Provided psychosocial care and emotional support for hospitalized children and their families

  • Educated and supported children ages 3 through 17 on diagnosis, the stresses of hospitalization, and bereavement; specializing with patients in the pediatric neurology, oncology, and neonatal intensive care unit
  • Experience providing psychosocial care and education for adult patients with cognitive and intellectual disabilities
  • Planned and implemented individual and group therapeutic and educational play activities on a daily basis resulting in growth and development, normalization of hospitalization and the opportunity for creative self expression
  • Collaborated with interdisciplinary team and documented in patients' medical records regarding assessments, observations, and goals to facilitate communication between disciplines and continuity of care for patients and families
  • Supervised child life internship and practicum students, including interviewing, educating and supervision
  • Coordinated pediatric volunteer program, foster grandparent program, and massage therapy student program including interviewing, training and daily supervision
  • Served as department coordinator of special events in pediatrics and department scheduling
Candidate Info
12
years in
workforce
9
years
at this job
BS
Rehabilitation Services
MS
Occupational Therapy
6

Child Life Specialist

Facilitated School-age & Teen Support Groups for patients with cancer and blood disorders

  • Developed programming and provided support services for siblings of chronically ill patients
  • Conducted trainings on "Grief and Children."
  • Partnered with area businesses and community groups to coordinate special events, donations and activities for patients and families
  • Trained and supervised new employees, Child Life interns and volunteers
  • Prepared and educated patients and families on various illnesses and medical procedure
  • Served as a Spanish Interpreter
  • Swimming in Murky Ethical Waters 4/13/2012
  • Personality Disorders, Trauma & Addictions 1/13/2012
Candidate Info
4
years in
workforce
4
years
at this job
BS
Psychology
MA
Master of Arts
7

Child Life Specialist

Provided preparation, and facilitated adaptive coping strategies for patients and families for medical procedures

  • Provided on-going emotional, psychosocial and educational support to pediatric patients and their families
  • Planned and implemented developmentally appropriate individual and group therapeutic and educational play activities
  • Collaborated with interdisciplinary team on patient developmental and emotional needs
  • Charted in patients' medical records: assessments, observations, interactions and goals providing communication between disciplines and continuity of care for patients and families
Candidate Info
5
years in
workforce
2
years
at this job
BS
Human Development And Family Studies
BS
Human Development And Family Studies
Spanish
8

Child Life Specialist

Worked closely with patients and their families to decrease stress and promote positive coping.

  • Supported patients and families dealing with death and grief issues.
  • Documented assessments, interventions, and outcomes in medical chart.
  • Educated other health care staff regarding pediatric psychosocial and developmental issues.
  • Provided medical play, stress-point preparation and support, as well as coping skills development and self-expressive activities for patients.
Candidate Info
10
years in
workforce
3
years
at this job
BS
Human Services & Education
MA
Mental Health Counseling
9

Child Life Specialist

Provided psychosocial, developmental and procedural support to patients and families in the PCCU, Emergency department, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiology, NICU, General Peds, and Hematology/Oncology units.

  • Personally requested by physicians and nurses to manage higher risk patients
  • Reduced internal costs by providing psychosocial support and distraction during procedures where little to no anesthesia was needed
  • Improved charting and quality assurance by assisting in template development for our team
  • Assisted in the development of patient and family centered care throughout the hospital from planning to implementation stage which included developing new policies and procedures, room designs etc.
  • Promoted use of technology through patient webpages and use of webcams for patients to stay connected
  • Improved medication compliance and reconciliation by developing visual medication dissemination charts
Candidate Info
6
years in
workforce
6
years
at this job
BA
Child And Family Development
BA
Child Life
10

Child Life Specialist

Planned and implemented developmentally appropriate activities that were designed to be educational, therapeutic and/or recreational for hospitalized children

  • Developed educational materials for patients, parents, staff and students
  • Designed environments for children
  • Participated as an interdisciplinary team member on assigned units
  • Trained and supervised students and volunteers
Candidate Info
4
years in
workforce
4
years
at this job
BS
Home Economics
MS
Human Ecology

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