Child Life Specialist – PEDS

University Medical Center of Southern Nevada
September 8, 2023
Las Vegas, NV
Job Type


Position Summary


As an academic medical center with a rich history of providing life-saving treatment in Southern Nevada, UMC serves as the anchor hospital of the Las Vegas Medical District, offering Nevada's highest level of care to promote successful medical outcomes for patients.

We are home to Nevada's ONLY Level I Trauma Center, Designated Pediatric Trauma Center, Burn Care Center, and Transplant Center. We are a Pathway Designated facility by ANCC, and we are on our journey to Magnet status.

Position Summary:
As part of a multi-disciplinary health care team, conducts activities which focus on the emotional and developmental needs of children and families using play and other forms of communication and education; Assesses and recommends programs and policies that will provide a safe, therapeutic and age-appropriate pediatric environment.

Job Requirement

Bachelor's Degree in Child Life, Child Development or related field. Must have completed 600 hours of clinical child life work experience.

Licensing/Certification Requirements:
Obtain Certification as a Child Life Specialist within 6 months of hire. Basic Life support (BLS) certification from the American Heart Association (AHA).

Additional and/or Preferred Position Requirements

  • Possess Certification as a Child Life Specialist.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Physical Requirements

Knowledge of:

Child Life Assessment techniques; psychosocial care of hospitalized children and family dynamics; bereavement support; principles of pediatric growth, cognitive and emotional development; Adult and child education principles and practices; medical terminology; common pediatric injuries and illnesses; department and hospital safety practice and procedures; patient rights; age specific patient care practices; infection control policies and practices; handling, storage, use and disposal of hazardous materials; department and hospital emergency response policies and procedures.

Skill in:

Needs assessment techniques; developing and evaluating Child Life educational programs; conducting educational programs using a variety of training tools; Use of developmentally appropriate educational aides; assessment documentation; efficient, effective and safe use of equipment; using computers and related software applications; communicating with a wide variety of people from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with all personnel contacted in the course of duties.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

Mobility to work in a typical office setting including stamina to stand and/or walk for extended periods of time, and use standard office equipment; vision to read printed materials and a VDT screen; hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. Exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this classification.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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