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Certified Child Life Specialist I (Full Time, Day Shift)

CHILD LIFE Florida-Miami-Nicklaus Children's Hospital - Main Hospital Campus Miami, Florida Requisition ID 24085


Job Summary

Works under the supervision of leadership and Child Life team to assist the child and/or family in their adjustment to hospital, diagnosis, and/or treatment plan by providing pre/post procedural/surgical teachings, emotional support, developmentally appropriate play activities, distraction and support during painful procedures, and medical play to enhance understanding. Collaborates as a member of the interdisciplinary team to develop and administer an individualized plan of care, adhering to the professional standards of practice of the Child Life Council

Minimum Job Requirements

  •  Bachelor's Degree Child Life, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or related field  (Required)
  •  Certified ChildLife Specialist  required within 1 year of hire
  •  American Heart Association (AHA) CPR AED – must maintain active and in good standing throughout employment.
  •  Completion of Child Life internship following Child Life Council current standards
  •  Complete at least 10 hours of professional development hours (PDU) per year
  •  Participate in the NCHS Clinical Advancement program and expected to accrue a minimum of 5 points per year
  • Qualifications

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Assists the patient/family in their adjustment to the hospital, diagnosis, and/or treatment plan.
    • Provides pre/post procedural and surgical teachings to patients and families.
    • Offers emotional support, developmentally appropriate play activities, distraction and support during painful procedures, and engages in medical play to enhance patient understanding
    • Covers caseload thoroughly and prioritizes patients based on the Child Life Council’s guidelines for the standard of care; plans & organizes daily routine; meets deadlines for assigned projects.
    • Develops a productive work environment that incorporates volunteers into daily programming through delegating, valuing input, empowering, and providing feedback
    • Establishes and maintains a healthy, balanced, and therapeutic relationship with the patient and family within the integrated healthcare system based on their needs.
    • Identifies & addresses the learning needs for patients/families; identifies inhibitors to learning process & readiness to learn; adjusts teaching strategies based on age, ethnic & gender issues.
    • Interacts in a cooperative manner within the healthcare team to support and contribute to the shared patient/family focused care goals through professional communications techniques.
    • Utilizes a clinical decision-making process and critical thinking to effectively deliver patient care with all healthcare providers across the continuum of care
    • Utilizes clinical decision making processes to achieve desired patient/family outcomes.
    • Develops a productive work environment to practicum students after achieving a minimum of 2,000 hours (approximately one year).
    • Develops a productive work environment for intern students after achieving a minimum of 4,000 hours (approximately two year).
    • Balances the clinical responsibilities, professional growth, and development activities through active participation in MCHS Clinical Advancement.


    • Master’s degree preferred
    • Membership and active participation within the Child Life Council are recommended.
    • Knowledge of procedures, illnesses, injuries, and other related events on a nursing unit.
    • Able to demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to provide appropriate care to the age of the patients served on their assigned unit.

    (EOE DFW)


    Job :


    Primary Location :

    Florida-Miami-Nicklaus Children's Hospital - Main Hospital Campus

    Department :

    CHILD LIFE-2100-863000

    Job Status

    :Full Time

    Joining a new organization can be daunting or overwhelming. But at Nicklaus, your colleagues make you feel welcomed. They taught me to celebrate our accomplishments and band together during challenging times. This is not easy to find in healthcare these days, so I’m grateful to have found an amazing place to work with people and leadership who have my well-being in mind.

    Lova Renee Brunson Manager Accreditation & Regulatory

    Collaboration leads to success.

    Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Working together, we find solutions and methods we would never find alone, and at Nicklaus Children’s, we have fun doing it.

    Responsibility drives us.

    We all take responsibility here – for the children, their families, our work and each other. We meet our responsibilities head on and motivate each other to succeed.

    Empower yourself, help others.

    Nicklaus Children’s encourages team members to believe in their ability to affect positive change in the world through everything they do with us.

    Advocate for the right way.

    Advocate for children. Advocate for families. Advocate for yourself. But most of all, advocate for getting the job done right and you will find nothing but success and support in your career here.

    Transformation is growth.

    At Nicklaus Children’s, change is not to be feared. When you work here, you are always working with the most advanced tools and procedures available.

    Empathy is everything.

    We expect our team members to have empathy for the patients and families they treat, and in turn, we have empathy for them. We take care of everyone in the Nicklaus Children’s family with competitive benefits and our supportive culture.

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