Child Life Specialists in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit : Are They Prepared to Work with This Unique Population?
Author(s)Smith, Jessica G.
KeywordsIndividual and family studies
Child life specialist
Child health services
Neonatal intensive care
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AbstractCertified child life specialists (CCLS) are one of many healthcare professionals who work with premature infants hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The current study investigates the role of CCLS and what type of education and training is needed to sustain this role. An online survey was developed for the study with specific questions about CCLS duties and responsibilities in the NICU. Via the Child Life Council forum 69 CCLS completed the survey. Findings indicate there are no clear guidelines about the specific role of a CCLS in the NICU, and that participants received differing education and training prior to and since becoming certified. A more standardized approach to education and training for future CCLS working in the NICU is necessary.