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Certified Child Life Specialist 1- $5,000 Sign on Bonus

Job Title Certified Child Life Specialist 1- $5,000 Sign on Bonus Location Wilkes-Barre, PA Job Category Wellbeing Services Schedule Days Work Type Full time Department Child Life Division Date posted 10/14/2022 Job ID R-39254

Job Summary

Geisinger Janet Weis Children's Hospital is currently hiring a Certified Child Life Specialist at our Geisinger Wyoming Valley Location. As a member of the Child Life Team, you will plan, develop, and provide Child Life programming for a given clinical area to best meet the psychosocial, emotional, and developmental needs of pediatric patients and their families. Using age-appropriate play, CCLS considers the issues children face in health care settings and assesses patient needs for: normal growth and development, education, preparation, medical play, coping strategies or other issues to help them in their mastery of the environment. CCLS is responsible for providing child life interventions to a specific patient population within the policies and procedures of Geisinger. All meet the required qualifications, as outlined by the nationally known Association of Child Life Professionals to provide care for patients in the assigned pediatric clinical areas or other patient care areas, as needed. Required to maintain professional certification through continuing education opportunities.

Job Duties

**$5,000 Sign on Bonus for Qualified Applicants

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  • Clinical Responsibilities Evaluates child's developmental stage, ability to understand and cope with the health care environment, temperament and emotional state.
  • Develops a strategic plan to reduce the fear and anxiety a child experiences with the health care environment.
  • Implements specialized services to best meet the individual child's needs including: medical play, preparation for procedures, operations or other medical events, teaching and implementing coping strategies, providing education about disease process and treatment to both the child and their family.
  • Identifies patient and family coping strategies in daily routine and applies these strategies to assist patients and their families in coping with the stress of hospitalization, illness, death, and loss.
  • Educates patient, family, and staff to other techniques to aid a child in coping and insures technique is age appropriate for the development, and emotional state of the child.
  • Assists in the implementation of such techniques, monitors its effectiveness and alters the plan as necessary.
  • Responsible for leading the child, staff and family through coping strategies during medical procedures.
  • Educates and prepares patients and their families for medical procedures, disease processes and mastery of the healthcare environment using appropriate and therapeutic play activities as treatment tools.
  • Interprets and communicates patient's perception of diagnosis and treatment as revealed through play and other means of communication, both verbal and nonverbal, to staff and family.
  • Integrates Child Life services by providing consultation to other health care workers regarding developmental and behavioral issues which impact on patient care.
  • Creates, implements and orients other health care staff to age appropriate behavior reward methods to promote a patient's adaptation to treatment and encourage patient cooperation.
  • Creates and distributes resources about child health and safety in general as needed.
  • Assures therapeutic and safe environments for individual and group play.
  • Selects, purchases and maintains the safety and cleanliness of toys, games, and other equipment used in the play areas to comply with departmental infection control policies and procedures.
  • Documents Child Life interventions in the patient's medical record in accordance with Geisinger policies and procedures.
  • Participates in record keeping of vital statistics for the Child Life Department demonstrating which Child Life services have been provided to patients.
  • Educates, and acts as resource for, health care professionals regarding the psychosocial issues of pediatric health care, and the impact of illness, injury, and hospitalization on patients and their families.
  • Develops and schedules in-services as needed for multidisciplinary team members and community groups.
  • Interviews, orients, coordinates, schedules and supervises Child Life volunteers in their daily work with patients in all patient care areas.

Work is typically performed in a clinical environment. Accountable for satisfying all job specific obligations and complying with all organization policies and procedures. The specific statements in this profile are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job. Additional competencies and skills outlined in any department-specific orientation will be considered essential to the performance of the job related to that position.

Position Details

*** $5,000 Sign on Bonus for Qualified Applicants ***

  • Career Ladder Opportunities

Position Details:

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  • Must have completed a Child Life Internship (minimum 600 hours) under the direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist - is required
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Education, or Psychology.
  • Required to be eligible for professional certification by the Association of Child Life Professionals.
  • We are seeking a highly independent and confident CCLS to implement Child Life Services at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV). Although independent role at GWV, this CCLS will be a part of the Child Life Team, share resources & the benefits of working on a team.
  • Limited travel to Danville or other locations to attend Child Life Team meetings/planning days, staff training/conference.
  • Professional Child Life Certification required, 2 years experience in general pediatric inpatient unit, NICU, car seat safety technician training- is preferred.
  • The role may include occasional Saturday coverage determined by inpatient unit census.
  • Membership to The Association of Child Life Professional and Certification Annual maintenance fees provided by Department.

We’re proud to offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance that starts day one of employment -Medical, prescription drug, vision and dental coverage with a generous PTO package and much more that includes:

  • Competitive 401k plan that includes automatic Geisinger contributions starting day one of employment
  • MyHealth Rewards wellness program to enhance personal health and reduce health plan premiums for qualified individuals
  • Tuition assistance (part time and full time roles only) Up to $5000 in tuition reimbursement per year
  • Generous PTO packages that allows you to take the time you need to travel, rest, and care for and reconnect with friends and family.
  • Professional opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Support and mentorship from a full range of dedicated and experienced leaders
  • Paid parental leave and Military Leave
  • Family Support (Fertility and Adoption Support)
  • Community Involvement through our Employee Resources Groups
  • Employee referral incentive program


Bachelor's Degree-Child Development (Required)


Minimum of 1 year-Related work experience (Preferred)

Certification(s) and License(s)

Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification - American Heart Association (AHA); Certified Child Life Specialist within 6 months - Association of Child Life Professional


Organizing; Communication; Multitasking; Teamwork

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