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Child Life Specialist

Job Details

Fort Myers, FL

Child Life

Full Time


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Location: Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida


Department: Child Life


Workdays/Nights: Variable

9981 S. HealthPark Drive


Shift: Shift 2


12:00:00 PM to 10:00:00 PM

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Work Type: Full Time


Exempt: Yes

Job Summary


Provide evidence-based, developmentally and psychologically appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation and education that support and reduce fear, anxiety and pain for infants, children, youth and families. Promotes the philosophy of family-centered care and meets the psychosocial needs of children and families during their hospital experience.

What You Will Do

Collaborate with an additional child life specialist and the health care team to provide social, emotional and developmental support during a pediatric patients Emergency Department visit.

Support infants, children, adolescents and families of diverse backgrounds, in coping with stressful events in a fast paced environment.

Prioritize coordinating care plans for patient cases in a 28 bed Emergency Department with a valued and established child life program.

Collaborate with the medical team on creation of care plans by performing assessments, & developmentally appropriate interventions. Prepare patients and their families for medical tests and procedures in a developmentally appropriate way and provide opportunities for normalization and therapeutic play. Document care plans and evaluations in the EPIC electronic medical record.

Collaborate with Emergency Department staff to continue furthering the hospital wide pain management initiative, POP IT.

Have direct support from a child life supervisor to plan and coordinate a thorough welcoming orientation to the department and unit. Continue having the opportunity for further support as needed for professional development through goal setting and clinical guidance.

Receive opportunity for furthering professional development through the mentorship of a child life education coordinator in clinical supervision/reflection groups, expanding clinical experience by having the ability to cross cover other patient areas (as needed) & maintaining certification by attending conferences or earning complimentary professional development units provided through on campus presentations.

Gain experience directly collaborating in a department with valuable resources such as: a patient technology specialist, child advocates, mental health navigators, hospital school teacher, facility dog, & an accredited internship coordinator.

    Job Requirements


    Educational Requirements

    Degree/Diploma ObtainedProgram of StudyRequired/
    Bachelor'sChild DevelopmentRequiredor
    Bachelor'sChild LifeRequiredor
    Bachelor'sChild and Family StudiesRequired

    Experience Requirements

    Minimum Years RequiredArea of ExperienceRequired/
    No experience required


    Completion of minimum of 480 hour Child Life Internship Required

    State of Florida Licensure Requirements

    Not Required

    Certifications/Registration Requirements

    CCLS (Certified Child Life Specialist)Requiredand
    BLS (American Heart Association / Basic Life Support)Required

    Child Life Certification required to obtain within 12 months of hire. BLS required to obtain within 3 months of hire.

    Additional Requirements

    Child Life Certification, or candidate for certification.

    US:FL:Fort Myers

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