Demonstrates competence in supporting and helping children who are receiving care at ANMC, as well as their families, who may be experiencing a complex medical situation, to promote effective coping through preparation, education, play, and self-expression activities.
Supervises other Child Life Specialists and works to develop and maintain a high quality program that provides services to families in all areas of ANMC that provide healthcare to children.
Provides outreach to Tribal health partners throughout Alaska to assist in improving the care that they provide to families and children.
Remains accessible to all areas of ANMC that provide healthcare to children including the emergency department, surgical services, intensive care, general pediatric inpatient and clinic settings.
Prepares children for medical procedures or treatment using language that children understand. Introduces coping strategies to help reduce anxiety and enhance cooperation with the health care team.
Provides support and distraction during medical procedures. Offers opportunities for play and expressive activities to encourage normal development and a sense of fun in spite of challenging circumstances.
Promotes family-centered care by providing information, advocacy, and support to families of pediatric patients.
Performs other duties as assigned.