About Texas Children's Hospital
Scheduled to open in 2017, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands is a 548,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art free-standing pediatric hospital designed, equipped and staffed exclusively to treat children and adolescents in The Woodlands and counties throughout Greater North Houston such as Montgomery, Walker, Grimes, Liberty, Harris, Polk, San Jacinto and Hardin counties. Our new facility will include 25 emergency center rooms, 32 acute rooms, 28 critical care rooms, 12 radiology rooms and 4 operating rooms. We will also offer inpatient and outpatient pediatric care in more than 25 specialties including: cancer, cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, diabetes and endocrinology, urology, sports medicine, gastroenterology and nutrition, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, allergy and immunology, dermatology, adolescent medicine and physical rehabilitation. Outpatient care areas are scheduled to open in fall 2016.
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We are on the hunt for our next Child Life Activity Coordinator - someone who can thrive in a fast-paced hospital setting. In this position you'll provide a comprehensive play program with a focus on ensuring opportunities for normal growth and development, normalization/master of the environment, peer to peer support by encouraging family and peer interaction, and healing experiences through play. We need someone who considers developmental age in approach to and preparation of child.
Think you've got what it takes?
- Normalizes the hospital environment and supports developmental needs
- Prioritizes patient play/activity needs through daily report or verbal consults
- Provides developmentally appropriate environments and activities for patients of all ages
- Encourages socialization and interaction between patients and families
- Maintains the concept of the activity areas as ‘safe’, welcoming, and supportive places
- Provides developmentally appropriate activities at bedside
- Provides one-on-one interaction with the patients referred by the interdisciplinary team, or self-referral
- Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to assess individualized patient care goals that can be met through normalizing play
- Maintains a safe, clean, and well organized activity room environment
- Assesses inventory of supplies, restocks daily, and orders supplies as needed
- Trains and supervises volunteers
- Participates in departmental responsibilities
- Establishes and maintains effective interdepartmental relations
- A Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood, Child Development, or related field (In lieu of the Bachelor’s degree, an equivalent combination of four (4) years of education and child life experience working with hospitalized children may be substituted)
- One year of experience working with children outside of a hospital environment is preferred
- Knowledge of child development and appropriate activities for age groups
- Ability to provide a therapeutic and safe environment for individuals and groups, ages 0-21
- Demonstrate the ability to assist patients in coping with the stress of hospitalization by matching developmental assessment of the individual with normalizing activities appropriate for their developmental age
- Exhibit and deliver strong customer service skills with patients, families, volunteer staff and the health care team
- Effective group facilitation skills, strong interpersonal communication skills, effective time and resource management, flexibility, strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to learn and utilize computer applications
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