CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST - RECREATION THERAPY at UNC Health Care
Position: Child Life Specialist Location: Main Hospital / Chapel Hill, NC Hours: Full Time, 40 hrs/wk; Wednesday - Saturday, four 10 hour days, 12:30pm - 11:00pm
UNC Health Care is recruiting a full time Child Life Specialist with active Child Life Specialist Certification, to join our UNC Children’s Hospital team located on the beautiful campus of UNC Chapel Hill.
As a top-tier academic medical center, UNC Children’s hospital upholds a four-tiered mission to “CARE,” aligning clinical care, advocacy, research, and education to deliver world-class family-centered care – always regardless of a family’s ability to pay. UNC Children’s clinical home, N.C. Children’s Hospital, is a major referral center for children with complex conditions and consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals" on its annual list.
We are seeking a dynamic, motivated and team-oriented Child Life Specialist with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with multidisciplinary groups in effective, collaborative practice. This position will work primarily in the Pediatric Emergency Department with occasional inpatient support assisting a large Child Life Team.
The ideal candidate has experience in an academic medical center with the ability to adapt to the ever-changing hospital environment and do what is necessary to create a safe, therapeutic environment for patients and families. Through procedural preparation and support, coping skills training, therapeutic and medical play, and other interventions, the CCLS will collaborate with the treatment team to meet the individual needs of each patient.
The Child Life Specialist teaches, supervises, and evaluates the work of volunteers and child life student interns. The incumbent may also serve as a resource and an advocate on child development, family-centered care, multicultural awareness, and the impact of various health care experiences on pediatric patients and families.
This position is 40 hours/week, four 10 hour days with routine evening/weekend hours and occasional holiday coverage requirements.
Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Child Life or a related field that meets the Child Life Council's recommendation for coursework concentration in Child Life. Therapeutic Recreation or Child Life related Internship.
Certification by the Child Life Certifying Commission.
Internal Number: REC000SX
About UNC Health Care
About UNC Children's:
As a top-tier academic medical center, UNC Children's upholds a four-tiered mission to "CARE," aligning clinical care, advocacy, research, and education to deliver world-class family-centered care—always regardless of a family's ability to pay.
If and when you need us, we're at the ready. Our nearly 200 physicians are clinical and research faculty of the UNC School of Medicine, their medical expertise spanning nearly 50 programs in the School of Medicine's 20 clinical departments, including 14 divisions in the UNC Department of Pediatrics. They are joined by more than 1,800 clinical and ancillary staff, all dedicated to providing exemplary, compassionate care to the thousands of children we treat each year.
A Look Back:
Children’s Hospital ExteriorSeptember 8, 2001, was a historic day for the women and children of North Carolina. A crowd of more than 1,500 gathered at UNC Hospitals that afternoon to celebrate the dedication of the new, freestanding women and children’s hospitals, finally complete after five years of painstaking construction.
The stand-alone Children’s Hospital allowed us to provide North Carolina’s children something they never had ...before: a facility that brought together complete inpatient and outpatient care for children in one location—a true children’s hospital. The state’s children’s hospital.
N.C. Children’s Hospital Today:
UNC Children's clinical home, N.C. Children's Hospital, is a major referral center for children with complex conditions and consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals" on its annual list.
N.C. Children’s Hospital has 150 inpatient beds and a comprehensive children's outpatient center located in the same building, enabling your child to see multiple specialists in a single visit.
Our physicians work hand-in-hand with community hospitals and pediatricians all across the state, providing specialty care to more than 70,000 children from all 100 counties in North Carolina each year.
And because many of our patients have conditions that cause frequent or long-term hospital stays, we know just how important it is for a kid to "just be a kid," especially when they're not feeling their best. That's why we offer so many child-friendly amenities and offer private patient rooms equipped to serve as a “home away from home” for children and families when they need it most.
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