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Sanford Health Child Life Specialist - Child Life in Fargo, North Dakota

Job Title: Child Life Specialist | Child Life | Fargo

City: Fargo

State: ND

Department : FN Child Life

Job Schedule: PRN

Shift: Varies

Hours Per Shift: 8 hr


Develop, coordinate and implement the delivery of developmentally appropriate play activities, expressive arts, and special events for pediatric patients and their families within the health care setting, both at the bedside and in playroom settings. Serves as the child's advocate when collaborating with the healthcare team to determine suitable therapeutic interventions. Utilizes expert knowledge of child development, family systems theories, and the developmental effects of stress and trauma on children to establish appropriate interventions to alleviate distress. Promotes family-centered care and facilitates the strengthening of positive coping and resiliency skills within the healthcare setting. Provides ongoing assessment of interventions used. Provides oversight and direction for utilization of volunteers in Child Life department. Possesses expert knowledge of medical diagnosis and procedures. Understands special needs of children with chronic or disabling conditions, with expertise in the use of play activities in a health care environment and in-depth knowledge of research regarding children in health care settings.


Obtain information from medical records, medical staff, family members and the patients themselves to assess patients' capabilities, needs and interests. Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling, and field trips. Observe, analyze, and record patients' participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed. Support children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts. Coordination and management of care for patients, including those with complex needs. Evaluates and advises on proper treatment plans for pediatric patients. Works with common health information concepts and terminology. Monitors progress continuously and adjusts tactics for handling situations on a case by case basis. Demonstrates a personal commitment to contributing to others' well being. Advises on a variety of programs and activities to accommodate the assessed needs of clients.


This position will assist in covering shifts on an as needed basis. Various hours working between 6:30am-11pm. Will cover employee's vacations, call-ins, etc.

Position requires an individual to be near completion or have completed the Child Life Internship. Individual must be eligible to obtain certification. For more information about working as a Child Life Specialist, please visit


Certification as a Child Life Specialist (CCLS) is required or must be obtained within one year of hire. CPR certification required within 6 months of hire. Bachelor's degree in Child Life, Child Development, Human Development, or related field required. Completion of Child Life internship required. Minimum two years experience working with various age groups of children is preferred. Experience working with pediatric population in a therapeutic setting desired.

About Sanford Health:

At Sanford Health, we are dedicated to the work of health and healing.

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across the region and around the world.

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City: Fargo

State: ND

Job Function: Clinical Care

Job Schedule: PRN

Shift: Varies

Req Number: req27481