JOB SUMMARY: Internship training is one piece of what is required for those students who are planning a career as a certified child life specialist. Works closely with Child Life Specialists to develop professional skills while working in a healthcare environment.
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS: Possesses emotional maturity to work and interact with children of all ages who may have multiple emotional and physical problems.
Demonstrates sensitivity and understanding of the hospitalized child's needs without over-reacting to the severity of the diagnosis.
Demonstrates Professional boundaries with all patients and families.
Interacts appropriately with children individually and in groups.
Uses sound judgment in choosing appropriate and safe toys and activities.
Able to carry out oral and written instructions without continual close supervision.
Able to communicate effectively with staff, patients and their families.
Demonstrates appropriate communication and behavior in stressful situations.
Demonstrates flexibility to function in a changing environment.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Preferred Majors: Child Life, Child development, Human Growth and Development, Child Psychology, and other related fields
Applicants must have completed a total of 10 college-level courses in child life or a related department/subject. Note: All applicants for the fall 2013 and subsequent exams will be required to successfully complete a minimum of one child life course taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist as part of this requirement.
Minimum GPA 3.0
Minimum credits: Must be in last semester of senior year of college or already graduated.
NEEDED DOCUMENTATION: Two letters of recommendation from faculty, supervisors, or employers, who have directly observed your work with children. Each recommendation should be paragraph-style addressing your knowledge and skills relating to your work with children and professionals.
Documentation of experience with children in a health care setting under the supervision of a Child Life Specialist. (Minimum 75 Hours)
Documentation of previous experience with well infants, children, youth and/or families. (Minimum 75 Hours)
Copy of Approved Coursework Review.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is typically performed in an office environment
The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.
OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.
GEISINGER-COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER (G-CMC), Scranton, Pa., is an acute care hospital licensed for 297 beds and houses the only Level II Trauma Center in Lackawanna County and Scranton’s only neurosurgery program and adult in-patient behavioral health unit. It is also home to comprehensive cardiovascular and orthopaedic services, as well as a broad range of other surgical and radiological services.
ABOUT GEISINGER: Geisinger is a physician-led health system comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan Geisinger is nationally recognized for innovative practices and quality care. Geisinger serves more than 3 million people in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient AtlantiCare, A member of Geisinger. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine became the newest member of the Geisinger Family.
We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners.* Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.
*Domestic partner benefits not applicable at Geisinger Holy Spirit.
At Geisinger, our innovative ideas are inspired by the communities we serve – like our Fresh Food
Farmacy, a program that delivers life-saving healthy alternatives to patients with diabetes. With additional tools like our MyCode Community Health Initiative, one of the first health system genome sequencing
programs, and our new asthma app suite that we developed in partnership with AstraZeneca, it’s no wonder we’re ranked one of the Top 5 Most Innovative Healthcare Systems by Becker's Hospital Review. We continually work towards continuous improvement in a culture where everyone has a voice and firmly believe that better begins with all of us.
Founded more than 100 years ago, Geisinger serves more than three million residents throughout central, south-central and northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Our physician-led system is comprised of 30,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, and consists of 13 hospital campuses, the Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and two research centers.
What you do at Geisinger shapes the future of health and improves lives – for our patients, communities, and you.