The Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD) at NYU Langone Medical Center is one of the nation's leading orthopaedic and rheumatologic, specialty hospitals dedicated to the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases. The hospital provides some of the most advanced orthopaedic programs in the region for musculoskeletal disorders and the largest pediatric orthopaedic program in New York City. HJD is consistently ranked among the leading orthopaedic centers nationwide by U.S. News and World Report. Our expert physicians combine extensive experience and research with the latest technology for bone and joint problems that affect patient's ability to function. We specialize in the following areas: Orthopaedic Surgery Rheumatology Neurology Radiology.
We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Child Life Specialist in the RUSK HJD Recreation Therapy. To qualify a Bachelors Dgree in Child Life, Early Childhood Education or a closely related field required. CCLS certification or CCLS certification eligible by the Child Life Certifying Committee, including successful completion of a full-time internship in a pediatric healthcare setting under the supervision of a certified child therapist. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required.
In this role, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing child life services for designated pediatric units under the general guidance of Patient Centered Care Supervisor while effectively collaborating with the interdisciplinary pediatrics team. Qualified candidates must be able to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.
Plans, organizes, and implements clinical programs for a pediatric inpatient unit and Center for Children. Ensures that the Child Life program is varied to meet the needs of the patients while meeting the guidelines established by the regulatory agencies. Take steps to correct errors in the delivery of patient care either through direct action or communication to ensure patient safety and delivery. Varies programs in scope and addresses the psychological, cognitive, physical, social, and cultural needs of the children. Modifies the program when necessary to assure as much independent function as possible.
Assesses/re-assesses each childs developmental level and creates treatment plans compatible with medical and psychosocial needs, interests, and capabilities through interviews and observations of patients in collaboration with other disciplines. Assesses each childs physical and psychosocial needs according to unit policy. Assess each patients development, temperament and coping style. Utilizes therapeutic play techniques as a diagnostic and treatment tool. Interprets the childs perception of his/her diagnosis and treatment through play and other means of communication both verbal and non-verbal. Assures completion of patient attendance sheets or alternative report and gives monthly statistics to the department office. Completes patient charting according to unit policies and procedures.
Provides age appropriate therapeutic interventions assessment in order to promote self-healing, self-expression, understanding and mastery.
Incorporates the family when appropriate in order to facilitate the patients medical care and healing. Provides consultation, education and support to families on the impact of environmental factors on the patients adaptation to hospitalization and treatment. Supports family bonds and utilizes family strengths in the care of the child/family member. Provides pre-admission orientation for the child and family to the health care experiences and personnel.
Communicates effectively with other professionals, students, patients, and staff by participating in meetings/committees and preparing/updating required reports. Cooperates and communicates with all Medical Center staff (including physicians) patients, their families, and the general public in professional and effective manner. Maintains the confidentiality of all patient, hospital, and physician-related information. Is attentive to others in order to respond appropriately, answer questions, or obtain needed information. Develops a therapeutic and supportive relationship with the patient; maintains an appropriate perspective between personal and professional affairs. Communicates needs and/or concerns to supervisor in professional manner.
Ensures the safety of patients during special events, outings, and all recreational activities within the hospital. Demonstrates safety procedures when necessary. Demonstrates knowledge of wheelchair mobility. Demonstrates knowledge of frequently occurring symptoms and procedures for handling medical emergencies. Maintains an awareness of necessary precautions for different populations with whom he/she works and the possible side effects of medication.
Assists with the recruitment, training, and functional supervision of students, aides and volunteers.
Participates in the planning and conducting of seminars, symposiums, and educational endeavors sponsored by the department.
Assists with ordering and maintenance of stores equipment and supplies. Assists with ordering supplies for unit, as needed. Maintains equipment and the working environment in a neat and orderly manner according to departmental procedures. Requests needed equipment and supplies on a timely basis.
Assumes other duties as required by the Supervisor.
Performs other duties as assigned.
The Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD) at NYU Langone Medical Center is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender dysphoria, national origin, age, religion, disability, military and veteran status, marital or parental status, citizenship status, genetic information or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision. We require applications to be completed online.
NYU Langone Medical Center, a world-class patient-centered integrated academic medical center, is one of the nation's premier centers for excellence in clinical care, biomedical research, and medical education. Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYU Langone is composed of four hospitals – Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility; Rusk Rehabilitation; the Hospital for Joint Diseases, one of... only five hospitals in the nation dedicated to orthopaedics and rheumatology; and Hassenfeld Children's Hospital, a comprehensive pediatric hospital supporting a full array of children's health services across the medical center – plus the NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history. The medical center's tri-fold mission to serve, teach, and discover is achieved 365 days a year through the seamless integration of a culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education and research. For more information, go to www.NYULMC.org.