Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) is one of New Jersey's largest community teaching hospitals, where physicians and employees work as a team dedicated to academic and clinical excellence and comprehensive, compassionate patient care. As part of RWJ Barnabas Health, Monmouth Medical Center is a leader in designing unparalleled new ways for delivering health care.
For over 130years, Monmouth Medical Center has been the leader in central New Jersey in providing the best in health care and the latest in medical technology to nearly 1 million residents that comprise its primary service area of Monmouth County, and portions of Ocean and Middlesex counties. Monmouth Medical Center is recognized as a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, which is widely acknowledged and underscores the highest commitment to patient safety and quality. MMC is the only hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties to receive an A Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, the nation's leading experts on patient safety, for six consecutive rating periods. We continue to lead the system in HCAHPS scores, and are looked to as a model for best practice in patient satisfaction.
Summary of Job Function:
Plans, organizes and implements all Child Life programs for infants not neonates, pediatric and adolescent patients who are hospitalized and/or seen in the outpatient setting with acute and chronic medical and surgical conditions. Performs Child Life oriented screening/assessment tools and provides preparation/therapeutic interventions, meeting the developmental, emotional, social and educational needs of all pediatric patients. Designs and carries out care plans, provide patient and family education, medical play and child specific educational inservices to hospital staff and on an ongoing basis, documents patient status. Responsible for supervision of volunteers and students. Works with infants, neonates, pediatrics, adolescent patientss and their family members. Is responsible for reporting identified safety issues such as hazardous environments (i.e. damaged floors/walls/ceiling tiles/unsecured areas) and medical errors, etc.
Masters Degree with a Child Life certificate or qualified to take the exam BA/BS Degree. Area of concentration: Child Life, Child Development Education, Creative Arts Therapies, etc. Academic preparation at Bachelor's level with experience in Health Care setting. Prefer one-year experience in a Child Life Program setting.
Coursework in Child Life, Human Development, Family Dynamics, Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, Therapeutic Recreation, and/or Expressive Therapies preferred.