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Certified Child Life Specialist - Oak Lawn

Req #:  125968
Facility:  Christ Medical Center
Department:  Therapy
City:  Oak Lawn
Posting Budget Status:  Day
Shift Type:  Full Time - Permanent
Posting FTE:  1

As part of Advocate Health Care, Advocate Children’s Hospital is the largest network provider of pediatric services in Illinois and among the top 10 in the nation. The two main Chicago Metropolitan region campuses are located in Oak Lawn in the southwest and Park Ridge in the northwest. Additional services are accessible at other Advocate hospitals throughout the state. Advocate Children’s Hospital serves as a major referral center for infants and children. Through a special, wholistic approach, Advocate Children’s Hospital combines some of the country’s most respected medical talent with exceptional and compassionate care. In fact, the children’s hospital has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s leaders in pediatric cardiology and neonatology, and numerous physicians on staff here have been recognized among the Top Doctors regionally and nationally in their field. The hospital is staffed by more than 400 pediatricians and 230 pediatric subspecialists, who offer a wide range of specialized services for children.

Certified Child Life Specialist

  • Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL
  • Full Time Certified Child Life Specialist needed.

    Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

    Monday-Friday 10:30am-7:00pm

    Rotating weekends



To comfort, normalize and ease the pediatric patients' and families' adjustment in both inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as allowing for optimal development and emotional well-being.


Job Requirements: 

  • Bachelor's degree in Child Life/Child Development or a directly related field.
  • Completion of a 480 hour Child Life Internship.
  • Experience with all age groups.
  • Ability to function in a changing environment.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • A sense of creativity.
  • Ability to establish supportive relationships with children and their families.
  • Child Life Certification
  • CPR Provider Certification
  • Empathetic to individual needs of patients.
  • Understanding and supportive.
  • Convey warmth and non-verbal skills.
  • Works well under stressful and difficult situations.
  • Resilient and flexible in a changing environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain rappor




  • Interview, select, orient, and supervise student interns and volunteers in Child Life Program.
    Allow for normalization within the hospital environment through therapeutic interactions, play therapy and various activities.
  • Provides direct patient and family interactions and support in areas of expertise, including growth and development, sibling support and bereavement.
  • Prepares children and families for treatments and procedures in order to create a positive medical experience. This may include but is not limited to medical play, preparation, support, distraction and post procedural support.
  • Promotes and facilitates patient/family and interdisciplinary communication using written and verbal techniques in order to facilitate effective patient/family care, professional relationships and to identify issues or problems.
  • Performs skills safely and independently according to the established policies, procedures, standards and guidelines to accommodate individual patient/family needs and responses.




About Advocate Health Care


Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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