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Child Life Specialist - Pediatrics

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Job ID: 57257
Location: Springfield, OR
Work Type: Full Time
Shift: Day
Shift Length: 10 Hours
FTE: 1.00
Benefit Eligibility: Full-time benefits

Job Description


Are you looking for your next adventure? Do you believe each patient deserves safe, evidence-based, and compassionate care? If so, Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, Oregon might be the place for you! Our hospital is located alongside the beautiful McKenzie River (hence Riverbend!). Only minutes away from University of Oregon, you’ll experience the great combination of living near the city while taking in the fresh air and plush greenery the Pacific Northwest.

PeaceHealth is seeking a Child Life Specialist - Pediatrics for a Full Time, 1.00 FTE, Day shift position.

The Child Life Specialists empower children for life’s challenges while providing high quality family-centered care as a part of a strong multidisciplinary team. The Child Life Specialist provides psychosocial and developmental based assessment and support to both patients and their families.

Responsibilities include: planning and providing emotionally and developmentally appropriate care that promotes effective coping with health care and continued cognitive and emotional growth; enhancing the quality of patient care through participation, documentation and communication with other members of the health care team; and serving as a resource and advocate on child development issues. Performs all duties in a manner that promotes team concept and reflects the PeaceHealth mission and philosophy.

Hourly compensation is $25.78 - $40.20; hiring rate dependent on qualifications, professional experience, and/or work location.


  • Assess the psychosocial and emotional status of patients and their families consequent to illness and/or hospitalization through direct contact, interaction and observation, consultation with other healthcare professionals, and medical records.
  • Initiates therapeutic interventions consequent to assessment of individual patients and families.
  • Reports and/or documents observations, assessments, and interventions, to other healthcare professionals via rounds, reports, conferences, and meetings as appropriate
  • Establishes and maintains a supportive, helpful and trusting relationship with patients and families by participating in preparation for medical and surgical procedures, home care, discharge planning. Facilitates coping from the time of admission through to discharge and follow-up.
  • Plans, evaluates, and implements an overall program of therapeutic interventions designed to address the psychosocial and emotional needs of hospitalized children and families, to include: pre-procedural preparation, patient/family education, therapeutic play and recreation, group interaction, and activities that facilitate patient’s/families sense of well-being, mastery and competence.
  • Advocate for individual patient’s/families concerns, special needs and rights, and makes appropriate referrals to individuals, groups or agencies within the hospital or community.
  • Assist in the design, implementation, evaluation and maintenance of therapeutic activity areas as needed.
  • Manages the utilization of materials and equipment within the program, and ensures they are used in an appropriate, safe, secure and cost-efficient manner.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

WHAT YOU BRING (required unless otherwise noted)


  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Life or a closely related field preferred.


  • Minimum of five years of work experience as a certified Child Life Specialist preferred.
  • Training and experience commensurate with certification requirement.


  • Child Life Specialist certification required within 6 months of hire.
  • Current BLS (Basic Life Support) certification required at date of hire.
  • Valid driver’s license if position requires.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of and competency in the following areas:
  • therapeutic relationships, human growth and development, family dynamics, interpersonal communication, developmental observation/assessment, learning process, behavior management, group dynamics, children's reaction to illness and hospitalization, therapeutic interventions, and play and activities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of childhood diseases, and medical terminology.
  • Ability to interpret a patient's self-reporting or behaviors.
  • Ability to provide effective preparation and procedural support.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with staff, management, physicians, patients, families, visitors, and the public.
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, multi-task and complete duties/projects on time.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with staff, management, and other healthcare team members.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, problem solve and make decisions.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and independently.
  • Ability to attend to details.
  • Proficient computer skills with Microsoft applications including Outlook and Word.


  • Sedentary-Light level of exertion—a mix of sitting and standing, minimal lifting, must be able to perform the exertion of CPR chest compressions.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing 30 lbs. or less.
  • Work is performed under normal working conditions with adequate lighting and ventilation.
  • Job duties frequently require intense concentration and attention to detail (34-65% of work time).


  • Medical and Dental, Vision, Retirement, and Paid Time Off
  • Tuition Assistance
  • PTO with no waiting period
  • Professional practice support
  • Collaborative team environment

PeaceHealth is committed to the overall wellbeing of our caregivers: physical, emotional, financial, social, and spiritual. We offer caregivers a competitive and comprehensive total rewards package. Some of the many benefits included in this package are full medical/dental/vision coverage; 403b retirement plan employer base and matching contributions; paid time off; employer-paid life and disability insurance with additional buyup coverage options; tuition and continuing education reimbursement; wellness benefits, and expanded EAP and mental health program.

See how PeaceHealth is committed to Inclusivity, Respect for Diversity and Cultural Humility.

For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application. EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state or federal laws.

PeaceHealth requires a completed Primary Vaccine Series (e.g., 2 dose monovalent Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax series or 1 dose J&J vaccine series) or be Up to Date (receiving the most recent Pfizer/Moderna bivalent vaccine/booster) for COVID-19 vaccination prior to their start date. PeaceHealth has a medical and religious exemption request process for those that are unable to receive the COVID-19 primary vaccine series due to medical/religious reasons. For caregivers that will be working in Oregon there is a personal vaccine exemption form that may be requested.

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