Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital has 97 pediatric patient beds, including general pediatrics, hematology/oncology, progressive care and pediatric intensive care. Child Life Specialists also provide coverage to other areas of the hospital including same day surgery, the pediatric emergency room (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) and one of six nationwide St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital affiliate clinics.
The Child Life Department is a clinically based program, which focuses on meeting the needs of hospitalized children and families through education and preparation for medical procedures, emotional support, therapeutic play and developmentally appropriate activities.
The department is staffed by eight certified Child Life Specialists who are each assigned a specific patient population. Care plans and pathways for child life services are utilized for patient populations, such as sickle cell disease, cancer, asthma and diabetes.
Theory-based planning, intervention, and documentation are heavily valued and relied upon. The Child Life staff functions as an integral part of the healthcare team, and advocates that healthcare systems and practices are most effective when they are planned, coordinated, delivered, and evaluated through meaningful collaboration among families and professionals across all disciplines.
A Child Life Internship offers specialized fieldwork experience with children and their families under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist. This experience is designed to facilitate the student’s growth as a professional through participation as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team. The internship consists of a 40-hour work week for 15 weeks, for a total of 600 hours. Internships are offered each Fall, Spring, and Summer.
Our internship program does not require the student to be enrolled in a university during the internship experience. If the student is completing the internship experience for school credit, an affiliation agreement must be made between the student’s university and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Applications must be received per the deadlines set by the Child Life Council.