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Child Life Specialist NICU

As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy.

We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts.

At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own. 

This position will work in collaboration with the NICU Interdisciplinary Team to create a child life program and innovative interventions in the NICU, including but not limited to: sibling support groups, caregiver groups and bereavement interventions.

The CLS in the NICU will collaborate closely with the other Nemours CLS’s covering ICU’s to provide support and collaboration, with a goal of increasing the depth of resources that support bereavements.

The CLS will be included in all department holiday and weekend on-call rotations.

The schedule will include some routine weekly evening hours to assist in implementing sibling programming and attend to evening family support needs.

Direct Patient Care Responsibilities

* Provides family/child education regarding diagnosis, treatment and the impact of hospitalization to increase understanding and minimize trauma and disruption in normal growth and development.

* Utilizes stress reduction techniques to facilitate adaptive coping during procedures and throughout hospital experience.

* Uses developmentally appropriate and medically accurate information to prepare children and families for diagnostic and treatment procedures, as defined in the Child Life preparation protocol.   Psychological preparation will be provided in such a way that knowledge is increased and emotional needs are supported.

* Provides medical play to allow children to explore, express, cope and gain a sense of mastery and control over their hospitalization and related fears, fantasies and concerns.

* Assesses patients need for therapeutic, developmental and social/recreational play and provide as appropriate.


Essential Responsibilities: Direct Patient Care Responsibilities   (continued)


* Works as a member of the healthcare team to address developmental, emotional, psychosocial and individual needs of patients to promote coping and adjustment to hospitalization.

* Extends support to family members with respect to their needs, cultural values and beliefs.

* Demonstrates proficiency in the care of pediatri...

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