Providence is calling a Child Life Specialist - NICU (Family Support Services, Days, 1.0 FTE) to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. We are a community of caregivers delivering every day on our Mission to provide compassionate care that is accessible for all - especially those who are poor and vulnerable.
In this position you will:
- Obtain information from medical records, allied health professional,s and patient/family upon admission to service to identify psychosocial and educational needs as related to the hospital stay and the child's ability to adapt to and cope with the medical environment and the medical interventions provided. Promotes patient and family adaptability and competency in coping with the stressors of the medical environment through education, emotional support, and play/activity as deemed appropriate to their developmental/cognitive level and medical condition.
- Collaborate with family, patient and allied health care professionals to determine a plan of care based on identified needs.
- Identify, recommend and assist with the facilitation of specific pediatric policies and programs interdepartmentally to ensure a continuity of psychosocial needs throughout the organization regarding pediatric/family centered care.
- Assume responsibility for obtaining current accurate information and expanding knowledge base through utilization of continuing education and other appropriate learning experiences.
- Include timely documentation of interventions and planning in medical record. Establish working relationship with patient/family and provides liaison with other colleagues. Participate in care conferences and multi-disciplinary rounds.
- Assist with the collection of data and the monitoring of patient care quality improvement standards.
- Maintain and develop clinical skills to include child development relating to hospital stressors, patient education, coping skills and strategies and basic counseling interventions.
- Provide in-services and lectures to health care professionals, school classrooms and/or community organizations as requested.
- Promote, lead and/or assist in community health fair activities/programs that promote children's health care and education.
- Provide assistance to the volunteer department in orientation and coordinate activities of volunteers on the pediatric unit or involved in related activities. Oversee activities provided by volunteers and evaluates for development appropriateness and safety.
- Supervise site trainees from community assistance programs as assigned.
- Be responsible for the development and maintenance of developmentally appropriate patient teaching tools for use with pediatric patients, families and public presentation.
- Be responsible for the development of the Child Life Program as it relates to the needs (inherent and expressed) of patients and families of the Children's Hospital; of other Medical Center departments that serve the pediatric population; and of the greater community needs as developed through the Child Life Council.
- Be responsible for the purchase of playroom toys, art supplies and recreational equipment on the pediatric unit.
Required qualifications for this position include:
- Bachelor's degree in Child Development/Child Life or related field
- Certified by the Child Life Commission
Preferred qualification for this position include:
- Master's Degree
- 2 years experience as a Child Life Specialist
About Providence Alaska Medical Center
Providence Health & Services Alaska is among nations best employers for healthy lifestyles! The National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large U.S. employers, has honored Providence Alaska for its commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging our caregivers (employees) and families to support and maintain healthy lifestyles. Mountain-Pacific Quality Health has awarded Providence Alaska Medical Center with its Quality Achievement Award for high-quality care in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical infection prevention. This is the highest honor awarded by Mountain-Pacific.
As the states largest hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center provides full-service, comprehensive care to all Alaskans, a role unmatched by any other in the state. Within our community, you will find top notch ski resorts, kayaking, and wildlife. Enjoying the outdoors is just one of many reasons to live in and explore Alaska!
We offer comprehensive, best-in-class benefits to our caregivers. For more information, visit
As expressions of Gods healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.
Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
Job Category: Behavioral Health
Req ID: 297303
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