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Child Life Specialist – BC Children’s Hospital

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
3 days ago

Child Life Specialist - BC Children's Hospital

Reporting to the Director of Patient Experience, provides activities which further the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of children and youth. The Child Life Specialist functions as a member of the Child Life Department and as a member of an assigned health care team and in accordance with the professional standards of practice of the Child Life Council.

In this role, you will:
  • Plan, initiate and supervise activities that foster continued growth and development in children and youth, based on daily information concerning the health care condition, developmental level, and interests by methods such as providing play materials for patients in play areas and at the bedside.
  • Provide opportunities for adaptation to the hospital environment and an understanding of medical experiences by providing play materials, opportunities for health care play, and developmental information.
  • Support children, youth and caregivers throughout the challenges of hospitalization and illness by identifying and encouraging effective coping techniques.
  • Prepare children, youth, and families cognitively and emotionally for medical and surgical procedures through methods such as play, demonstration and/or dialogue. Provide support as part of the treatment plan including accompanying the child to a procedure or Operating Room and being present during a procedure to decrease stress and anxiety.
  • Provide guidance, support and supervision to students and volunteers.

You hold:
  • A Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child & Youth Care from a recognized program.
  • One (1) year's recent related experience working with children and families, which includes completion of a practicum/internship in child life, and an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • The eligibility requirements to write the Child Life Certification Examination.

You have:
  • Demonstrated the ability to assess and interact with patients and families applying theories of human growth and development, family systems, and cultural diversity.
  • Demonstrated the ability to represent and communicate the role of child life to others.
  • Demonstrated the ability to organize and prioritize work.
  • Demonstrated the ability work as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated the ability work effectively with others.
  • The ability to operate related equipment.
  • The physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.

If this sounds like you, apply now!

About Us

BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province's most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC.

BCCH is a part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). PHSA provides specialized health services to British Columbians, including cancer care, organ transplantation, pediatrics, emergency services, mental health and substance use services. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people - Be compassionate - Dare to innovate - Cultivate partnerships - Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities

  • 84937
  • Casual Opportunity
  • Wage: $30.75 to $38.33 per hour
  • As required for operations
  • 4480 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1

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