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

Job Title: Lead Child Life Specialist | Pediatrics | Fargo

City: Fargo

State: ND

Department : Pediatrics ARU - Nursing Inpatient - Fargo

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Varies

Hours Per Shift: Other


Provide leadership and oversight in the Child Life department. Demonstrate understanding and provides guidance to staff regarding 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. Demonstrate leadership and 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.

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.

Serve as the child's advocate when collaborating with the healthcare team to determine suitable therapeutic interventions. Provide ongoing assessment of interventions used. Provide oversight and direction for utilization of volunteers in Child Life department.

Promote family-centered care and facilitates the strengthening of positive coping and resiliency skills within the healthcare setting. Possess expert knowledge of medical diagnosis and procedures. Awareness of child development, family systems theories, and the developmental effects of stress and trauma on children to ensure appropriate interventions are implemented.

Assist in implementing the department and program's strategic and operational budget and program functioning. Assist leadership in ensuring effective operation and administration of the Child Life department by participating and championing programs that promote family-centered care and facilitates the strengthening of positive coping and resiliency skills within the healthcare setting.


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


This position is full time 72 hours/pp working varying shifts.


Bachelor's degree in Child Life, Child Development, Human Development, or related field required. Completion of Child Life

internship required.

Minimum three years experience working with various age groups of children is required. Experience working with pediatric population in a therapeutic setting strongly preferred.

Certification as a Child Life Specialist (CCLS) is required. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required within six months of hire.

About Sanford Health:

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

Every day, we show that commitment by delivering the highest quality of care to the communities we serve.

We are leaders in health care and strive to provide patients across the region with convenient access to expert medical care, leading-edge technologies and world-class facilities.

In addition to strong clinical care, we are also committed to research, education and community growth.

We engage in medical research to not only discover innovative ways to provide care, but also cures for common diseases.

We continuously seek new ways to achieve our vision of improving the human condition here in your community, across the region and around the world.

The entire team at Sanford Health recognizes the value of healthy families and communities.

We continue to gain momentum and expand our reach. Together, we can make a positive difference now, and in the future.

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City: Fargo

State: ND

Job Function: Allied Health

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Varies

Req Number: WD10502