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Providence Health & Services Child Life Specialist - Family Support Services in Spokane, Washington


Providence is calling a Child Life Specialist (Family Support Services, Variable Shift, 0.0 FTE) to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. We are a community of caregivers delivering every day on our Mission to provide compassionate care that is accessible for all - especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

The requirements for this position include:

  • Assess and share the physiological, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural and safety dimensions of the patient/family

  • Perform an initial assessment of the patient, including physiological, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural and safety dimensions as related to patients' potential to participate in Child Life program

  • Perform ongoing assessment for patient's ability to participate in the Child Life program activities.

  • Assess the family's need for emotional support

  • Collect subjective and objective data from patients, families and other staff members to formulate the patient’s / families needs in relation to the Child Life program

  • Identify needs and makes referrals to available resource people (including community resources, epidemiologist, Chaplaincy, Social Services, etc.)

  • Report pertinent information to the primary care nurse or to the appropriate staff members as needs are assessed

  • Create and maintains a safe environment for the patient through appropriate intervention as determined by the patient's status

  • Utilize principles of infection control and follows isolation procedures

  • Provide care according to established competencies, ethical dimensions of practice and procedures; demonstrates working knowledge of equipment necessary in providing care

  • Carry out patient/family requests or explains if the request is contrary to PSHMC policy or the medical/nursing plan of care

  • Coordinate and implements patient education program appropriate for the patient and based on the patient and/or family's ability, willingness and readiness to learn

  • Maintain a basic knowledge of treatments and procedures children may experience while hospitalized

  • Procure and maintains necessary program supplies according to established budgetary objectives

  • Coordinate with Chaplaincy Department and provides patient/family emotional and spiritual support during phases of critical illness, and/or death, dying, bereavement

  • Coordinate and maintains a bereavement follow-up program including follow-up letters or calls, provision of written materials and an initiation of referral to community support services as appropriate

  • Schedule and conducts pediatric pre-surgical and community tours

  • Perform ongoing evaluation of patient's condition and response to the therapeutic interventions, modifying plan and taking action as indicated

  • Evaluate the patient's response to teaching provided and documents on appropriate forms


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Child development, Recreational therapy, or Elementary education or equivalent educ/experience

  • Child Life Certification from the Association of Child Life Professionals (ALCP) required, or eligible for Child Life Certification within 1 year of hire

About the hospital you will serve.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center has a commanding presence in Spokane, Washington and is a beacon of hope and healing for patients throughout the region. We have over 600 beds and are chosen by people from across the state for the da Vinci surgical robotic for heart surgery and parents from all over the Inland Northwest who have children with life-threatening conditions know they’ll find the care and comfort they need at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

We offer comprehensive, best-in-class benefits to our caregivers. For more information, visit

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: On Call

Shift: Variable

Job Category: Behavioral Health

Location: Washington-Spokane

Req ID: 312597