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Child Life Specialist - Per Diem

Requisition #: 189654
Location: Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Category: Allied Health/Clinical Professional
Work Shift: Rotating Shift
Work Week: Casual (less than 20)
Weekend Work Required: Yes
Date Posted: Aug. 19, 2019

Johns Hopkins Health System employs more than 20,000 people annually. When joining the Johns Hopkins Health System, you became part of a diverse organization dedicated to its patients, their families, and the community we serve, as well as to our employees. Career opportunities are available in academic and community hospital settings, home care services, physician practices, international affiliate locations and in the health insurance industry. Great careers continually advance here.

This position will include weekend work.


The Child Life Specialist assists the patient, family, and health care team in identifying the psychosocial and developmental factors which impact the health care experience for the patient and family. This position requires competency in a wide range of therapeutic modalities allowing for a combination of diverse interventions. The Child Life Specialist must exhibit and deliver strong customer service skills with patients, families, students, volunteer staff and the health care team. Also required are effective group facilitation skills, strong interpersonal communication skills, a high degree of creativity, effective time and resource management, flexibility, strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to learn and utilize computer applications.


Provides age-appropriate assessments of patients,family members and significant others in order to obtain information about the patients developmental, emotional, social, psychological, cultural, and environmental situation

Demonstrates competence in providing a wide range of developmental and psychosocial interventions to aide patients and family members in coping with the stress of illness, hospitalization, pain, bereavement and/or loss; assist families with parenting issues

Provides safe and therapeutic environmental enhancement to impact positive coping of the patient and family with hospitalization and medical encounters

Facilitates group processes while attending to individual needs to support socialization, interaction and positive coping with hospitalization and medical encounters

Works within an interdisciplinary health care team; communicating with team members, integrating interdisciplinary goals into child life treatment plans, and documenting in the medical record to collaborate with and support the plan of care

Provides inservice and education in support psychosocial and developmental needs of pediatric patients to community and members of the inter-disciplinary team to advocate for the psychosocial needs of patients and families

Trains, supervises, and mentors child life interns, practicum students and volunteers to ensure safe and appropriate interaction with all patient and families in the health care setting

Prioritizes and organizes work for accurate and timely outcomes to ensure patients and families assessed at highest psychosocial risk receive appropriate child life intervention and services


Bachelor’s degree in Child Life, Child Development or closely related field

Master’s degree required by January 2022 as defined by the Association of Child Life Professionals

Completion of a 600 hour Clinical Internship

Child Life Certification: Employee will have one year from date of hire to sit for and successfully pass the Child Life Certification Exam

Thorough knowledge of child development and the ability to assess with visual and auditory acuity and respond effectively to the individual, age specific needs with high quality child life interventions

Current infant, child, and adult CPR and AED certifications, AHA


__X__ Ability to move freely (standing, stooping, walking, bending, pushing and pulling) and lift up to a maximum of Fifty (50) pounds without assistance

__X__ Category 1: Job classification is exposed to blood borne pathogens (blood or bodily fluids) while performing job duties


Works in all patient care areas of hospital and OCC’s

May be exposed to communicable disease when working in a healthcare environment

Exposure to sharp objects and insturments

Occasional travel to OCC’s or other locations

Occasional exposure to moving mechanical parts, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and exposure of electirc shock

Occasional high noise level

Johns Hopkins Health System and its affiliates are drug-free workplace employers.

Johns Hopkins Health System and its affiliates are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.


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