Sup Child Life Specialist
Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966. Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.
Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities. Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its three hospitals: Ben Taub, LBJ and Quentin Mease.
Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its three hospitals — Ben Taub, Lyndon B. Johnson and Quentin Mease — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Skills / Requirements
Provides comprehensive Child Life interventions to hospitalized children and families so as to facilitate normal growth and development and emotional adjustment to the health care setting. Provides training and guidance to volunteer groups, students, parents, and members of the health care team. Assists with efforts such as patient education, staff in-services, and other Child Life Program development activities.
Demonstrates competence to adapt work and customer service assistance methods to accommodate the unique physical, psychosocial, cultural, safety and other developmental needs of patients served by the department.
Education/Specialized Training/Licensure: BA/BS in Child Life/Child/Family Development.
Work Experience (Years and Area): Completion of a 480 hour Child Life Internship, supervised by a CCLS; must be eligible for professional level certification within 1st year of employment.
Management Experience (Years and Area):
Equipment Operated: Audio-visual equipment; telephone, personal computer, video games, etc.
Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact)
Exceptional Verbal (Public Speaking)
Bilingual (Preferred/Required) Spanish
Other Skills: Analytical, CRT, Design, Dictation/Transcription Mathematics, Medical Terminology, P.C., Research, Statistical, Typing, Word Processing
Work Schedule: Weekends, Holidays, Flexible, Overtime, Travel, On Call
Other Requirements: Must demonstrate competency in age-specific and job-specific criteria.