Child Life Fellow

May 27, 2021
Jul 01, 2021
Full Time
The Child Life Fellowship is a full-time position for up to 6 consecutive months with options for an additional 6 months. Under supervision of the Child Life Services Manager, the Fellow will gain advanced knowledge and skills of the Child Life profession through implementation and coordination of therapeutic programming and supportive services to meet the emotional, developmental, and social needs of ill, injured and hospitalized children. The Fellow is responsible for the pediatric population of an assigned area and will assist in the support of patients throughout Children's National as needed. Under the direction of the manager, the Child Life Fellow will be responsible to pursue a special project related to Child Life program development at Children's National.


Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Child Life, Child Development or related field (Required)
Child Life, Child Development or related field (Preferred)
Child Life Internship- 600 hours completed (preferred)
Functional Accountabilities

Patient Care Plan Development
1. Make assessment of identified patients; write patient care plans and developmental treatment plans, when appropriate.
2. Provide range of therapeutic services, Including orientation to hospital, medical play, and preparation for procedures, stress reduction techniques, behavioral interventions.
3. Organize and monitor play activities for assigned patient care area(s).
4. Provide supportive services to patients, parents, siblings.
5. Participate in patient/family education by providing age-appropriate materials and information.
6. Provide information about educational services.

Multi-disciplinary Communication
1. Communicate child life observations, assessments and interventions to the health care team.
2. Document significant interventions in the patient medical record.
3. Participate in patient care conferences, treatment planning meetings and team meetings.

1. Provide educational sessions for staff and education/training for practicum students.
2. Provide education, training and guidance to patient care volunteers.
3. Participate in patient/family education by providing age appropriate materials and information.
4. Participate in planning of community outreach and advocacy events.

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification
1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
Teamwork/Communication 1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others' ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving 1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility 1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things
Safety 1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Childrens National Hospital is an equal opportunity employer that evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

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