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Providence Health & Services Child Life Specialist in Portland, Oregon


Providence is calling a Child Life Specialist - Nursing Service Administration (0.0 FTE, Variables) to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, OR.

We are seeking a Child Life Specialist - Nursing Service Administration who will 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. Plans and provides emotionally and developmentally appropriate care that promotes effective coping with health care and continued cognitive and emotional growth. Enhances the quality of patient care through participation, documentation and communication with other members of the health care team. Serves as a resource and advocate on child development issues.

In this position you will have the following responsibilities:

  • 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

  • Initiate therapeutic interventions consequent to assessment of individual patients and families

  • Report and/or document observations, assessments, and interventions, to other healthcare professionals via rounds, reports, conferences, and meetings as appropriate

  • Establish and maintain 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

  • Plan, evaluate, and implement 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


Required qualifications for this position includes:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Child Life or closely related field

  • Child Life Specialist; certification required within six (6) months of hire

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • One (1) year work experience as a certified Child Life Specialist

About Providence in Oregon

As the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities.

The Providence Experience begins each time our patients or their families have an encounter with a Providence team member and continues throughout their visit or stay. Whether you provide direct or indirect patient care, we want our patients to feel that they are in a welcoming place where they can be comfortable and free from anxiety. Our employees create the Providence Experience through simple, caring behaviors such as acknowledging and welcoming each visitor, introducing ourselves and Providence, addressing people by name, providing the duration of estimated wait times and updating frequently if timelines change, explaining situations in a way that puts patients at ease, carefully listening to their concerns, and always thanking people for trusting Providence for their healthcare needs. At Providence, our quality vision is simple,

"Providence will provide the best care and service to every person, every time."

Providence is consistently ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. It is also home to two of our award-winning Magnet medical centers. Providence hospitals and clinics are located in numerous areas, ranging from the Columbia Gorge to the wine country to sunny southern Oregon to charming coastal communities to the urban setting of Portland. If you want a vibrant lifestyle while working with a team highly committed to the art of healing, choose from our many options in Oregon.

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: Oregon-Portland

Req ID: 316865