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Swedish Medical Center Child Life Specialist in Seattle, Washington


Swedish Medical Center is looking for a Child Life Specialist (1.0 FTE, Days) to work in the Pediatric Float Unit at Swedish First Hill located in Seattle, WA.

The Child Life Specialist provides emotional and social support to patients and their families by conducting educational and recreational programs that minimize the psychological trauma for hospitalized infants, children and adolescents.

In this position you will:

  • Assess the patient’s fears and anxieties regarding hospitalization, using formal and informal assessment techniques that foster appropriate coping mechanisms to allow for a healthy, constructive adaptation to stressful experiences.

  • Create a therapeutic plan for patients that incorporates developmentally appropriate intervention and play activities for the bedside and in the playroom.

  • Initiate and maintain supportive professional relationships with patients and their families that assist the families in understanding the developmental and emotional needs of their hospitalized child.

  • Document patient observations and makes recommendations for play intervention.

  • Educate Medical Imaging, Laboratory, Respiratory Care, and other ancillary departments on ways to interact with patients and their families.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development, Child Life or related field

  • Certified as a Child Life Specialist (CCLS)

  • If not currently certified, must attend the next available class as presented locally by the National Child Life Council.

  • CPR Certification

  • Must obtain CPR certification within three months of employment and maintain CPR certification annually.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • 2 years clinical experience

  • Previous work experience with healthy infants, children and adolescents, aswell as, working knowledge of children and/or adolescents under stress

About the First Hill Campus.

The 697-bed tertiary-care center on the Swedish/First Hill campus is the flagship of the Swedish health-care system. Swedish/First Hill has one of the most active and advanced birthing programs in Washington state and houses a Level III neonatal intensive-care unit. More surgeries are performed each year at Swedish/First Hill than at any other facility in the region; volumes include more total joint replacements than any other medical center in the state.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits — see our website for details


Our Mission

Our nonprofit Mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of each person we serve. Our Vision is to demonstrate the highest-quality, best-value healthcare to all we serve.

About Us

Swedish is the largest nonprofit health care provider in the greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group a network of more than 118 primary care and specialty locations throughout the Puget Sound. Swedish employs more than 13,300 employees and 3,100 physicians and allied health professionals. Whether through physician clinics, education, research and innovation or other outreach, we’re committed to caring for the people in our region and beyond. Swedish is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Swedish does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, protected veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Other Licensed Technicians

Location: Washington-Seattle

Work Locations: First Hill Main Bldg (WA145) 747 Broadway Seattle, 98122

Req ID: 230484