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  • Stepping It Up: The Development of a Clinical Ladder Program

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    A clinical ladder is a structure of salary progressions and professional levels that provide advancement from novice to expert (Wall, 2007). The goal of this session is to inspire, educate, and provide tools to guide participants to creating or enhancing their own child life clinical ladder program. Presenters will examine evidence and give a comprehensive depiction of the evolution of this hospital’s clinical ladder program.

    A clinical ladder is a structure of salary progressions and professional levels that provide advancement from novice to expert (Wall, 2007). The goal of this session is to inspire, educate, and provide tools to guide participants to creating or enhancing their own child life clinical ladder program. Presenters will examine evidence and give a comprehensive depiction of the evolution of this hospital’s clinical ladder program.

  • Are we there yet?' Finding joy in YOUR journey.

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    “Are we there yet?!”…the dreaded words heard during a long journey, when the destination seems out of reach. How often do child life professionals lose sight of their journey? The career path of each child life professional is unique, but at times, may seem stagnant. Inspiration and a renewed sense of the journey will be shared through this interactive presentation.

    “Are we there yet?!”…the dreaded words heard during a long journey, when the destination seems out of reach. How often do child life professionals lose sight of their journey? The career path of each child life professional is unique, but at times, may seem stagnant. Inspiration and a renewed sense of the journey will be shared through this interactive presentation.

  • Beyond the Prep Book: Creating a Social Narrative Collection for Patient Preparation

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Meeting the preparatory needs of children with diverse developmental profiles poses challenges for child life specialists. Limits of language, comprehension, and sensory-focused needs may limit the appropriateness of using traditional prep books to prepare patients for a procedure or admission. After learning how one hospital uses social narratives, participants will design and create their own narrative, and leave with tools to launch a library for their institution.

    Meeting the preparatory needs of children with diverse developmental profiles poses challenges for child life specialists. Limits of language, comprehension, and sensory-focused needs may limit the appropriateness of using traditional prep books to prepare patients for a procedure or admission. After learning how one hospital uses social narratives, participants will design and create their own narrative, and leave with tools to launch a library for their institution.

  • So Many Variables, So Little Experience: Learning to Assess the Patient with Psychiatric Concerns

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    As the number of patients with psychiatric concerns continues to rise, child life specialists are urgently asking, “Where do I start?” This session will prepare professionals who have little experience with this population to form assessments to guide them in caring for these patients. Attendees will learn what variables to include in their assessment and how to work alongside the interdisciplinary team to form a plan of care.

    As the number of patients with psychiatric concerns continues to rise, child life specialists are urgently asking, “Where do I start?” This session will prepare professionals who have little experience with this population to form assessments to guide them in caring for these patients. Attendees will learn what variables to include in their assessment and how to work alongside the interdisciplinary team to form a plan of care.

  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Creative Solutions to Annual Competency Assessment

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Competency assessment is mandatory for employees in the healthcare setting. While first year competencies for a new hire should be essential core competencies, the competencies identified for subsequent years should be more reflective of the crucial knowledge and skills needed for experienced child life professionals. Making those competencies relevant, and the validation method creative, is important for continued professional development.

    Competency assessment is mandatory for employees in the healthcare setting. While first year competencies for a new hire should be essential core competencies, the competencies identified for subsequent years should be more reflective of the crucial knowledge and skills needed for experienced child life professionals. Making those competencies relevant, and the validation method creative, is important for continued professional development.

  • Training and Retaining Reliable College Student Volunteers

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation describes a hospital program that creates an opportunity for pediatric patients and their families to receive consistent emotional support during extended or recurring hospitalization. The program introduces a qualified, trained, and committed college student volunteer base to provide fun, friendship, and support to children and their families.

    This presentation describes a hospital program that creates an opportunity for pediatric patients and their families to receive consistent emotional support during extended or recurring hospitalization. The program introduces a qualified, trained, and committed college student volunteer base to provide fun, friendship, and support to children and their families.

  • There’s an App for That: Psychological Preoperative Preparation Through Virtual Reality

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The Child Life and Anesthesia departments at this hospital collaborated to develop and evaluate a new mobile application, that offers preoperative psychological preparation through virtual reality (VR). The authors demonstrated that VR is a valid and acceptable form of preparing children for the operating room experience. Participants are invited to download the app for use in their clinical tool kit.

    The Child Life and Anesthesia departments at this hospital collaborated to develop and evaluate a new mobile application, that offers preoperative psychological preparation through virtual reality (VR). The authors demonstrated that VR is a valid and acceptable form of preparing children for the operating room experience. Participants are invited to download the app for use in their clinical tool kit.

  • Child Life and Telemedicine: Using Technology to Promote Family-Centered Care and Increased Family Involvement at Bedside

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Child life specialists are champions for family-centered care and advocate for family involvement throughout admissions. Due to advancements in technology, advocating for family presence and engatement at bedside is made possible even if families are not able to be physically present. Attendees will gain insight into the use of telemedicine and its ability to increase family presence during extended hospitalization.

    Child life specialists are champions for family-centered care and advocate for family involvement throughout admissions. Due to advancements in technology, advocating for family presence and engatement at bedside is made possible even if families are not able to be physically present. Attendees will gain insight into the use of telemedicine and its ability to increase family presence during extended hospitalization.

  • Child Life in Action: Building Community Together with Hospital and Museum Partnerships

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session will provide the audience with insights about child life partnership opportunities with nearby community resources while building strategic community throughout their institutions. Basics of starting and sustaining collaborations between science centers, museums and children’s hospitals will be shared. This will include how to identify partners, adapt education programs for diverse populations and recruit and train community/hospital volunteers. Participants will be provided with examples of public programs that can be delivered at museums to foster family preparedness and coping.

    This session will provide the audience with insights about child life partnership opportunities with nearby community resources while building strategic community throughout their institutions. Basics of starting and sustaining collaborations between science centers, museums and children’s hospitals will be shared. This will include how to identify partners, adapt education programs for diverse populations and recruit and train community/hospital volunteers. Participants will be provided with examples of public programs that can be delivered at museums to foster family preparedness and coping.

  • Developing Engaging Activities to Educate New Nurses on Child Life Services

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In the hospital setting most education is provided via formal presentations. Activity based education such as simulation, in which medical scenarios are acted out, has been shown to increase knowledge and skill retention. In this session, attendees will learn about an activity based education session created to help new graduate nurses gain an understanding of and see the value in child life interventions.

    In the hospital setting most education is provided via formal presentations. Activity based education such as simulation, in which medical scenarios are acted out, has been shown to increase knowledge and skill retention. In this session, attendees will learn about an activity based education session created to help new graduate nurses gain an understanding of and see the value in child life interventions.