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UnityPoint Health Child Life Specialist-Blank Children's in Des Moines, Iowa

The Child Life Specialist provides individual assessments and age-appropriate therapeutic interventions for patient and their families: interventions are designed to minimize stressors associated with the healthcare experience and foster individual patient and family strengths. Participates with the healthcare team and communicates observations and assessments to family and staff members. Advocate for the patient and family utilizing the elements of family-centered care. Serves as a resource on child development and psychosocial issues for parents and healthcare staff.

Provides preparation and medical play opportunities with information for patients to help alleviate misconceptions and improve understanding of hospital procedures. (C) Responsible for maintaining a comfortable, clean and safe play space. (C) Directs play toward: a) normalization of the healthcare experience; b) building trusting and non-threatening relationships with patients and families; c) encourage normal growth and development; d) encourage a positive self-image; e) provide group and individual activities based on patient needs. (C) Is a resource for parents and staff on child development and healthcare related issues. (C) Participates with the interdisciplinary team by assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care interventions. (O) Participates in the informal and formal education of staff, students, volunteers, patients and families. (O) Works with volunteers and students in providing supportive programming for children. (F) Compiles and records statistical data regarding interventions with patients and volunteer attendance. (C) Reports any questions or concerns regarding compliance immediately to the attention of department or organization/hospital administrative staff. (C) Utilizes a family-centered approach (considering physical, psych/social, spiritual, educational, safety, and related criteria) appropriate to the age of the patients served. (C) Shows responsible and accountable management of human, fiscal, and material resources. (C) Accepts responsibility for maintaining and developing personal and professional skills and knowledge related to the work area assigned. (F) Demonstrates initiative to improve quality and customer service by striving to exceed customer expectations. (C) Integrates and demonstrates CORE values and Expectations for Personal and Service Excellence to guide professional behaviors, while adhering to the policies and procedures of UPH-DM. (C) Balances team and individual responsibilities; open and objective to other's views; gives them welcome feedback; contributes to positive team goals; and puts the success of the team above own interests. (C) Demonstrates the knowledge that patient and workplace safety is a priority by preventing errors, accidents and infections and reporting potential or actual concerns immediately. (C) Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department by regular, reliable attendance. (C) Practice reflects knowledge of HIPAA, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare. (C)

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in Child Life or closely related field. Has completed a Child Life internship and able to sit for the exam to become certified.

Requisition ID: 2021-92508

Street: 1200 Pleasant St

Name: 3020 UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Posting Minimum: USD $17.42/Hr.

Name: Child Life- Meth

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 1.0

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Days M-F. Some weekends/evenings required

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