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Swedish Health Services Child Life Specialist in Seattle, Washington


Child Life Specialist - Swedish First Hill

SCHEDULE: Eight , 5 hour shifts; 40 hours per week. Operating hours are Monday-Friday from 6:30a-5p PST. Starting times can differ based on patient scheduling (typically between 6:30-8a PST).

Hiring Bonus and relocation for eligible external candidates who meet all conditions for payment - this is in addition to the fantastic benefits and compensation package offered by Providence that begin on your first day of employment. Join us, and find out how many ways we offer you the chance to focus on what really matters - our patients.

The Child Life Specialist provides emotional and social support to patients and their families by conducting educational and recreational programs that minimize the psychological trauma for hospitalized infants, children, and adolescents. Plans and provides age and developmentally appropriate experience to ensure continued cognitive and emotional growth. Adds to quality of patient care through observation, documentation, and communication with other members of the healthcare team. Serves as a resource on child development issues.

  • Assesses the patient’s fears and anxieties regarding hospitalization, using formal and informal assessment techniques that foster appropriate coping mechanisms to allow for a healthy, constructive adaptation to stressful experiences.

  • Creates a therapeutic plan for patients that incorporates developmentally appropriate intervention and play activities for the bedside and in the playroom.

  • Conducts medical play with patients to facilitate the patient’s and family’s understanding of medical procedures to help the patient gain a sense of mastery and help lessen anxiety.

  • Initiates and maintains supportive professional relationships with patients and their families that assist the families in understanding the developmental and emotional needs of their hospitalized child.

  • Participates in multidisciplinary care conferences.

  • Interviews, trains and supervises volunteers to interact with patients and provide diversional activities, both in the playroom and by the bedside.

  • Provides in-services to nursing staff, students, public schools, colleges, and other community agencies concerning principles of child development and emotional aspects of the hospitalized child.

  • Educates Medical Imaging, Laboratory, Respiratory Care, and other ancillary departments on ways to interact with patients and their families.

  • Documents patient observations and makes recommendations for play intervention. Maintains daily statistical data specific to unit.

  • Collaborates in screening donations and groups of people wishing to organize special events and/or holiday events for pediatric population.

  • Promotes visibility of pediatric services (e.g., health fairs, Children and Hospitals Week).

  • Supervises, trains, and evaluates child life interns.

  • Works with other child life specialists and provides coverage when necessary.

  • Provides emotional support for siblings on an individual or group basis.

  • Selects appropriate toys for purchase and makes recommendations to other departments.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Child development, child life or related field

  • National Certified Child Life Specialist - Association of Child Life Professionals

Preferred qualifications:

  • 2 years of Clinical experience

  • Previous work experience with healthy infants, children, and adolescents, as well as working knowledge of children and/or adolescents under stress

Our best-in-class benefits are uniquely designed to support you and your family in staying well, growing professionally and achieving financial security. We take care of you, so you can focus on delivering our mission of improving the health and wellbeing of each patient we serve.

Applicants that meet qualifications will receive a text message with some additional questions from our partner Modern Hire.

About Providence

At Providence, our strength lies in Our Promise of “Know me, care for me, ease my way.” Working at our family of organizations means that regardless of your role, we’ll walk alongside you in your career, supporting you so you can support others. We provide best-in-class benefits and we foster an inclusive workplace where diversity is valued, and everyone is essential, heard and respected. Together, our 120,000 caregivers (all employees) serve in over 50 hospitals, over 1,000 clinics and a full range of health and social services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. As a comprehensive health care organization, we are serving more people, advancing best practices and continuing our more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable.

The amounts listed are the base pay range; additional compensation may be available for this role, such as shift differentials, standby/on-call, overtime, premiums, extra shift incentives, or bonus opportunities.

Check out our benefits page for more information about our Benefits and Rewards.

About the Team

Swedish is the largest not-for-profit health care system in the greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); emergency rooms and specialty centers in Redmond (East King County) and the Mill Creek area in Everett; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 128 primary care and specialty care locations throughout the Puget Sound. Swedish, named a LinkedIn Top Company to grow your career, employs nearly 13,000 caregivers (all employees), including nearly 1,400 providers. Whether through physician clinics, education, research and innovation or other outreach, we're committed to caring for the people in our region and beyond.

We are committed to the principle that every workforce member has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment.

We are committed to cultural diversity and equal employment for all individuals. It is our policy to recruit, hire, promote, compensate, transfer, train, retain, terminate, and make all other employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin (including certain language use restrictions), ancestry, disability (mental and physical including HIV and AIDS), medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, age, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, and military and veteran status or any other applicable legally protected status. We will also provide reasonable accommodation to known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified caregiver or applicant for employment, unless the accommodation would impose undue hardship on the operation of our business.

We are a community where all people, regardless of differences, are welcome, secure, and valued. We value respect, appreciation, collaboration, diversity, and a shared commitment to serving our communities. We expect that all workforce members in our community will act in ways which reflect a commitment to and accountability for, racial and social justice and equality in the workplace. As such, we will maintain a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on any applicable legally protected status. We also expect that all workforce members will maintain a positive workplace free from any unacceptable conduct which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Requsition ID: 151853
Company: Swedish Jobs
Job Category: Behavioral Health
Job Function: Clinical Care
Job Schedule: Full time
Job Shift: Day
Career Track: Clinical Professional
Department: 3901 SFH PEDS FLOAT POOL
Address: WA Seattle 747 Broadway
Pay Range: $25.74 - $40.96
The amounts listed are the base pay range; additional compensation may be available for this role, such as shift differentials, standby/on-call, overtime, premiums, extra shift incentives, or bonus opportunities.
Check out our benefits page for more information about our Benefits and Rewards.

Swedish Health Services 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.