Connecticut Children's Medical Center is nationally recognized as the only free standing hospital in New England dedicated exclusively to the care of children and adolescents in a patient-and family-centered environment with a focus on research, education and advocacy in Connecticut. In addition to 187 inpatient beds, our services include a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center, five specialty care centers and ten practices across Connecticut. Our Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center is the busiest between Boston and New York. Connecticut Children's has 2,600 employees with a medical staff of more than 1,000 practicing in general pediatrics and more than 30 medical and surgical subspecialties.
Connecticut Children's also enjoys a strong history of collaborative relationships with many other organizations. We are the primary teaching hospital for the University of Connecticut School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and have a teaching partnership with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. We provide a comprehensive array of pediatric services at our hospitals in Hartford and Waterbury, we enjoy a long-standing and successful partnership with Hartford Hospital, providing critical care for their newborns in our Level 4 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and do the same at the UConn Health Center in our Level 3 NICU. Another important collaboration is Connecticut Children's partnership with The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington (JAX-GM) which allows us to garner the power of the human genome to provide families with new treatment options today and positions us to help find tomorrow's cures.
Child Life Specialist
Under general supervision, the Child Life Specialist contributes to a positive hospital experience by providing psychosocial support for pediatric patients and their families to promote optimal cognitive, emotional, social and physical development of the patient and family during a hospital visit. Child Life specialists are responsible for assessing the needs of our patients and their families while taking into consideration each patient's family, culture, and stage of development. In addition, the Child Life Specialist will provide support to patients and their families with a variety of developmental, therapeutic, educational, and play opportunities in order to minimize stress and anxiety during hospitalization or challenging events.
ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Assessment and planning
Essential life experiences
Collaboration with the Healthcare Team
Education/Collaboration with community
Bereavement and sibling support
Per Diem Requirements:
Minimum per diem requirements are 2 8 hour shifts per month, with the opportunity to work more (part-time standard hours, not exceeding 40 hours). Shift times and departments will vary based upon the needs of the organization.
A Bachelor's degree in Child Life, Child Development or directly related field in behavioral sciences or human development is required. A minimum of one year of experience working as a Child Life Specialist in a healthcare environment is strongly preferred.
Certified Child Life Specialist, issued through Child Life Council. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) / CPR in adult, child & infant is preferred. CPI training preferred.
Connecticut Children’s offers excellent benefits including 403(b) with employer match, health and dental insurance choices, educational assistance, free parking, paid time-off, and more.