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Child Life Specialist

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HCA El Paso , TX 79910

Posted 4 months ago

Facility Description

Las Palmas Medical Center offers comprehensive services and special expertise in Emergency Room Medicine (Level III Trauma), Cardiology, Women's Services, Labor & Delivery, Neonatal Intensive Care, Neuroscience, Pediatric care, and Wound Care Management. Las Palmas Medical Center is also the only Kidney Transplant Center in the Region. Las Palmas Rehabilitation Hospital is a separate facility with newly renovated patient rooms, exercise equipment and cafeteria. The physicians, nurses and staff at our 325-bed facility are committed to caring for our community with compassionate, quality healthcare.

We are located on the Westside of El Paso, Texas close to the University of Texas El Paso campus. We provide exceptional patient care services to the El Paso and Fort Bliss communities, as well as Southern New Mexico and West Texas Regions.


Under the Supervision of the Chief Nursing Officer the Child Life Specialist provides services to children and families of Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare to include consultation, education, performance improvement, policy and program planning, advocacy and environmental planning. Responsible for carrying out a comprehensive therapeutic program based on normal human development and the impact that illness, injury, disability, and hospitalization have on this process. This process is aimed at meeting the emotional, social and developmental needs of pediatric patients. The incumbent conducts evaluations, records evaluations in patients' medical records and consults with physicians and staff.

Essential Functions

  • Conducts therapeutic play groups to meet patients' emotional and development needs in collaboration with members of the multidisciplinary team.

  • Records evaluations in patients' medical records.

  • Maintains outpatient care load as appropriate. Assists in orientation of new volunteers to pediatrics..

  • Assists in the selection, education, training, supervision, and evaluation of full-time undergraduate and graduate student interns.

  • Reduces distress, increases adaptive coping and protects and enhances developmental integrity by offering opportunities for play and learning and interacting with others in an emotionally and physically safe environment.

  • Encourages normal growth and development through developmental play activities and assesses development.

  • Assesses psychosocial needs of patients and family members as requested.

  • Provides bereavement/grief social support as requested.

  • Supports family bonds and utilizes family strengths in the care of the child.

  • Provides support during painful procedures for coping relief distraction. May use massage therapy as an intervention upon completion of training with eligibility for National Certification

  • Assists department management with the development of objectives for the Department.

  • Submits periodic evaluations of program effectiveness to the supervisor, provides budgetary information to the supervisor, and assists with studies to document workload as requested.

  • Participates in the cost analysis of toys and play equipment and in determining specifications and quality standards for patient supplies, equipment and gifts to be purchased and distributed via the funding resources.

  • May include writing grants to obtain patient supplies, equipment and gifts.

  • Provides or cooperates with programs which assure continuity in the child's normal life experiences, e.g. , school programs, personal and holiday celebrations.

  • Provides educational and recreational activities to assist hospitalized children and their families to adjust to stress, to understand the physical condition, and to minimize the child's psychological trauma by providing positive hospital experiences.

  • Educates and orients student groups, staff, and other professionals to Child Life.

  • Pursues opportunities for professional growth in both teaching and learning roles. Provides orientation to health care experiences and personnel


  • Individual Leadership/Practices Professionalism: Performs, participates, implements and evaluates personal performance, opportunities for personal growth and ability to change.

  • Customer Service: Demonstrates customer service skills with both internal and external customers. Treats patients/customers as individuals with unique values, beliefs and practices.

  • Hospital/Departmental Policies and Procedures: Knowledgeable of all policies and procedures that affect the outcomes and safety of patient care, and employee rights and responsibilities.

  • Performance Improvement: Performs, participates, implements and evaluates performance improvement activities within the departmental level.

  • Financial Accountability: Identifies opportunities for waste reduction and improved operational efficiency.

  • Communication: Works as a team member through interaction, assistance and demonstration.

  • Job Specific: Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner


  • Requires a Bachelor degree in Child Development; Therapeutic Recreation; Social Work or related fields.

  • Requires experience in Child Life; Psychology; Child Development or a related field.


  • Requires Basic Life Support certification through the AHA

  • Eligible to sit for certification as a Child Life Specialist and must be certified within one year of hire


  • Experience working with hospitalized children or children in another setting.

  • Requires the ability to make independent judgments; recommendations and implementing recommendations on therapeutic interventions which may include counseling for inpatient and outpatient cases.

  • Requires strong written and interpersonal skills.

  • Requires presentations on therapeutic topics to in-house groups and community agencies.

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Child Life Specialist

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