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Lancaster General Health Child Life Specialist - Emergency Department-Lancaster General Hospital ( 20 hours/week, 2nd shift) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania


Lancaster General Hospital

Cost Center

7545 Pediatric Program

Supervisory Organization

Pediatric Program




20 hours/week. Monday-Friday 4 pm to 8 pm.


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The Child Life Specialist (CLS) demonstrates competence in supporting pediatric patients and family members of patients with medical and psychosocial needs. The CLS contributes to the advancement of safe quality child life practices. Child life professionals help children and their families navigate the emotionally and physically demanding process of coping with illness, injury, disability, trauma and hospitalization. Responsible for the design and implementation of pediatric programs, therapies, and activities among young patients. Works with families to assist in caring for childhood hospitalizations or disabilities. Monitors child development to ensure normal progression. Provides in-depth care as needed to more urgent cases. Child Life Specialists (CLS) are trained healthcare professionals who work with children and their families helping them cope with the challenges of hospitalization, surgery, illness and disability. They focus on the psychosocial development of children under stress while encouraging valuable coping strategies for them and their families as well.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the following duties:

  • Provides competent child life services to patients, family members, including developmentally-appropriate therapeutic activities, education, procedural preparation, coping facilitation, and support as it is required related to their illness and medical treatment.

  • Assesses, individualizes and evaluates plan of care based on family/patient physical, developmental, emotional and recreational needs.

  • Communicates plan to interdisciplinary team members and family.

  • Collaborates with patients, families, and interdisciplinary team members to provide optimal care and services.

  • Demonstrates compliance with patient care documentation standards, providing support to newer staff regarding documentation practices as needed.

  • Provides training, supervision, and feedback for volunteers.

  • Manages department resources specific to assigned clinical unit.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Child Life, Psychology, Therapeutic Recreation or closely related field.

  • Minimum of two years of experience as a paid Child Life Specialist and/or Recreation Therapist.

  • Certification in Child Life and/or Therapeutic Recreation (CCLS/CTRS).

  • Masters degree preferred.

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, at a member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine), at is a 631-licensed bed not-for-profit health system with a comprehensive network of care encompassing Lancaster General Hospital (LGH), Women & Babies Hospital and the Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital (in partnership with Kindred Healthcare) . Our membership in Penn Medicine brings together the strengths of a world-renowned, not-for-profit academic medical center and a nationally recognized, not-for-profit community healthcare system.

Outpatient services are provided at the Downtown Outpatient and Suburban Outpatient Pavilions, along with additional outpatient centers and Express and Urgent Care locations throughout the region. Lancaster General Health Physicians is a network of more than 300 primary-care and specialty physicians, at more than 40 offices throughout the region . Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is a private, co-educational, Middle States-accredited four-year college offering a variety of associate and baccalaureate degree and certification programs in healthcare.

A four time designated Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health has been recognized regionally and nationally for clinical excellence and patient safety; and ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best hospitals in 2015-16 in three specialties. It is also one of only seven hospitals in the country with all of the following distinctions:

5 Star Rating on Hospital Compare

Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals 2017 at

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade A

US News List of High Performing Hospitals at

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