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McLeod Health Child Life Specialist - Children's Hospital in Florence, South Carolina

Child Life Specialist - Children's Hospital

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Child life professionals help children and their families navigate the emotionally and physically demanding process of coping with illness, injury, disability, trauma and hospitalization. Child life specialists are child development experts who support coping and adjustment through therapeutic play, diagnostic education, age-appropriate preparation and expressive activities that enhance understanding and support mastery of challenging experiences.

As part of the health care team, child life professionals advocate for the special needs of children and their families. Child life programs provide children with opportunities to engage in normal play and leisure activities that promote growth, development, and feelings of success and fulfillment. Child life professionals embrace the roles of parents and other family members as full partners on the health care team and promote the philosophy of patient- and family-centered care.

The work centers on helping children and their families adjust to and cope with the health care environment and the many events that happen during a hospital stay.

Hours of Work: 40 hours per week; Holiday Requirements as needed

Preferred Qualifications/Education

BA or BS required in Child Life

New graduated will be considered. One (1) – three (3) years paid experience in Pediatric Unit, PICU, Day Surgery, and Emergency Department is preferred.

Licenses and/or Certifications:

Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) certification preferred. Must receive Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) certification within 2 years of hire

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Characteristics of a successful child life specialist:

  • A passion for working with children of all ages and their family members

  • Possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Adjusts language and demeanor to the developmental and emotional state of the child

  • Works collaboratively with other members of the multidisciplinary team

  • Manages the emotional stress inherent in working with children who have life-threatening diseases

  • Prioritizes a variety of tasks simultaneously

Explains complex medical procedures and information to all ages

Job Location

Florence, South Carolina, United States

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McLeod Pavilion, 801 E Cheves Street